Could a Truth Commission Unite America?

How Fractured Nations and Communities Reckon with History and Move Toward Repair

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Can democracy stand the test of time? Many factors have triggered the deep schism in American politics today. But a root cause of our faltering democracy may be our failure to grapple with the truth about the nation’s history of discrimination and institutionalized racism. Because Americans can’t even agree on basic …