We continue to act surprised when incidents occur that make it clear: race matters. The recent hubbub about the Harvard Law student email struck me as interesting for one main reason. We were surprised. Most of the commentary focused on the student, Harvard Law School, or law school in general (see this link for an well-constructed and thorough critique of the controversy). However, from my viewpoint, it’s not solely about any one of these entities. As a society we fail to recognize and deconstruct race on a daily basis. That failure leaves us at a disadvantage when racial incidents occur.

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