Opinion

A necessary reckoning for the United States of America

By Charles Edel
June 7 2020 - 6:30pm
The section of 16th Street directly in front of the White House has been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza by Washington D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser. Picture: Getty Images

In case anyone was in doubt, the extraordinarily painful events of the past few weeks should remind the world that America is a land of contradictions. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, America was a nation "conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal". From the beginning, Americans have always seen their country as an idea as much as a place. This idea had universal aspirations and demanded that even as Americans struggled to expand liberty at home, they would also promote it abroad. Over the past two and a half centuries, America has inspired others in their quest for freedom and human dignity, and it has often supported nations and individuals around the world seeking democracy and human rights.

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