America is one of the most unequal rich countries, with low taxes on corporations and the wealthy, and a threadbare welfare state. As a result, far too many Americans live short, painful lives — brought down by low wages, high debt, shoddy public services, pollution, and other problems. Any serious student of history knows that a major reason America has this problem is racism. Time and again, racists have blocked vital programs, or leveraged racism to slash welfare programs, or stoked racial animus to disrupt union organizing, and on and on.
A debate has been going for years now about the best way to deflate racism and build a United States that works for all its citizens.