Magazine November 16, 2020, Issue

White Supremacy in a Magic Lantern

A protest in Berlin, Germany, days after the death of George Floyd, May 31, 2020 (Christian Mang/Reuters)
An outsider’s perspective on America’s racial discontent

For several years I have marveled at, and become worried by, the depiction of America that has been playing around the world. Despite being a lifelong admirer of this country, I’ve not been in America for a couple of years, and during that time even I have occasionally wondered whether my image of America might have been wrong all along. Might the country have been — or become — what its detractors both internal and external say it is? Now I have had a month traveling around the United States, and I feel as though I may have come to …

This article appears as “Racism in a Magic Lantern” in the November 16, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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