But as “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver explained on Sunday night, there’s been a long and tortured path to this moment. Racism, he said, has pervaded American history for centuries in ways rarely taught in school, and that lack of education has only helped to perpetuate it.
“A history of America that ignores white supremacy is a white supremacist history of America,” Oliver said.
Then, he shared some of Rep. John Lewis’ last words on the importance of understanding our history, all of it:
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