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Wendell Berry Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

View of the Confederate memorial, with an added Confederate flag made out of flowers, Jasper, Alabama, 2010.

White America’s “hidden wound” threatens to destroy the country — and not for the first time

By News & Current Affairs

Half a century ago, writer Wendell Berry saw this coming: What white people can’t talk about is destroying them. By Kirk Swearingen, Salon — Words matter; poetry has power. It’s not for nothing that authoritarians first go after the intellectuals, the journalists, the poets. Consider these well-wrought statements: All men are created equal Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness Liberté, égalité, fraternité Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice…

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