This should be more widely read. The research is excellent and the selection of quotes from primary source materials makes the continuous obfuscation over the last one hundred and sixty years fully visible.
We know that the Civil War failed at Reconstruction. The bodies hanging from trees and bridges symbolized the ultimate loss of that war. That loss is being, again, rubbed in our faces producing confusion and anger. But the anger is at being reminded that racism is completely ingrained in the US culture.
No one wants to face that and many react violently because the reality was never made clear to them. My fear is that it is too late as this ignored and massive flaw in the national culture is so fundamental that it cannot bare the weight of centuries of lies.
The rampant racism and white supremacy that is obviously morally despicable is now erupting as all other components of the structure weaken. That weakness is revealed in the inability to be outraged and driven to action. It is the final acceptance of cultural failure as there is no place to stand against the evil the defines us.
Decade after decade of lies have finally destroyed the idea of truth.