Martha Minow

Martha Minow is the Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence, Harvard Law School; a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor; and Member, Scholars Board, Facing History and Ourselves

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How George Washington Can Remind Us To Stay Vigilant Against Bigotry

Posted by Martha Minow on October 19, 2017

In August white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia erupted in violence during a rally, including an instance of terrorism that killed one and injured 19 others when a vehicle was purposely driven into a crowd. Even as other world events continue to demand our attention, it is important not to lose sight of the rifts and tension that Charlottesville shined a blinding spotlight on. If we look to history, President George Washington’s letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island reminds us of the need to reclaim the nation’s vigilance against bigotry.

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