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Thank you for the reading recommendation. To be clear, I credit concepts like "criminal-justice racism," "health-care racism" as applied to African Americans. I just disagree that there is any taboo against talking about it. The U.S. has never squarely dealt with the fact that it enslaved a group of people that now make up 1 in 10 americans, and even after that ended denied them political participation, access to capital, etc. Lots of problems follow from that.

My point of disagreement is about the assertion that the decline of U.S. civil society is "mostly driven by racism." Our civil society and institutions are declining, but systemic racism against African Americans is, if not better, not worse than it was decades ago.

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