Suburban Blindness:

Reflections on Depolarizing Race Relations

Frederick Douglass Statue in Highland Park, Rochester, New York from Wikimedia Commons. Daniel Penfield / CC BY-SA (

“We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and to the future.” ¹

For the past four years I have been asking myself the same question, what country do I live in? It should be easy to answer. We call it the United States of America. I have lived in the United States except for a…