Viewpoint: US must confront its Original Sin to move forward

U.S. 2020/6/5

Viewpoint: US must confront its Original Sin to move forward

Protester and National Guard soldier in Los Angeles on 2 June

Following the death of George Floyd while under arrest, protests have consumed America and onlookers have wondered how one of the most powerful countries in the world could descend into such chaos.

Despite being defined by race, American society does not spend much time analysing the history of our racial divisions, and America prefers to believe in the inevitable progression towards racial equality.

The election of Barack Obama in 2008 fed into this narrative of progress, but Donald Trump´s presidential victory in 2016 was seen as a step backwards, coming after a campaign with a slogan that championed America´s divisive past as a form of progress.

Floyd´s death now appears to be the tipping point for an exhausted, racially divided nation still in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic cost that followed.

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