Is there such a thing as a black American?

This is a really easy question that the United States has yet to answer correctly. And it’s for this reason that I am worried about the future of our country.

That last statement can feel cliche given our current environment, where partisans spin routine conflicts into existential threats and describe every election as the final verdict on the nation’s fate. But something different is happening in our politics today.

There seems to be a subtle but concerted effort to paint black citizens who criticize President Donald Trump or the United States as un-American.

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