Jesse James DeConto is a writer and musician in Durham, N.C. He is author of the spiritual memoir This Littler Light. His reporting has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and other publications.
The kids don’t understand the racial history of America, not fully. What six-year-old could metabolize it? But its present is never far from their minds. Knowledge is power. Educate kids, and they will fight for their freedom.