For the next 200 years, our nation maintained a harsh form of racially based slavery. After that, Jim Crow laws maintained legal racism for another century. It's only been in the last generation or two that our laws have begun to share the blessings of liberty and equality with Americans of all colors. It will take several more generations of hard work before the ideal of a truly colorblind society can be reached.
That's a goal worthy of the effort required.
As we pursue that goal, it's important to remember that crony capitalism created the horror of American slavery. Crony capitalism takes different forms today, but it is still corrupting our politics and free society. It, too, must be overcome. Whenever an entrenched political class uses government power to restrict the freedoms of others, the nation is at risk.
Representative democracy, individual liberty, racism and crony capitalism all arrived in 17th-century Virginia. Only the commitment to freedom and representative government deserve to survive.