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Frederick Douglass Knew What False Patriotism Was

Esau McCaulley New York Times
The problem wasn’t the vision of the country we remember on this day. The fault lay in the fact that some got left out. Douglass had the audacity to believe that America's story was not finished until the country kept all her promises.

Rosa Parks' Stamp on American History

Jeanne Theoharis The Root
Today, to honor the Feb. 4 centennial of the birth of Rosa Parks, the United States Postal Service has issued a Rosa Parks stamp. Yet these tributes to Rosa Parks rest on a narrow and distorted vision of her legacy. A more thorough accounting of Parks' political life offers a different set of reasons for the nation to honor her. A lifetime of steadfastness and outrage, tenacity and bravery, is what deserves national veneration.
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