The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Will America ever escape this awful legacy?


MOST interestin­g movie of the moment is the so-called Black Bonnie and Clyde, actually named Queen & Slim. The film tells the story of two decent young Americans who run foul of a bigoted police officer and are hurled into a vortex of flight and fear. Many take their side.

I was gripped, but the thought nagged away at me the whole time: Is America really as bad as this? Must it go on for ever? I was reminded of Abraham Lincoln’s terrible warning in his 1865 inaugural address that American slavery was so dreadful that ‘every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword’. Are they still paying?

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