Poet and essayist, Claudia Rankine, answers the question in her New York Times piece. “The horror we seem to only now be noticing is an effect of our country’s longstanding commitment to white supremacy. But I am unclear about when we ever lived without its effects. Was there ever a moment when the persecution of nonwhite Americans wasn’t the norm? . . . the real question for Americans who number themselves among the counterprotesters is, How powerless are we? Can we change an orientation toward whiteness that allows us to understand our homegrown hate groups as also serving our unconscious interests?”  Read the entire article by clicking here.