Charlottesville

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Americans' responses to the weekend's events in Charlottesville, Virginia, remain raw and visceral—no surprise, given the murder of Heather Heyer, the deaths of two police officers and the violence that left five civilians in critical condition. Yet it is already clear that disentangling Charlottesville's deeper meanings is going to demand a great deal from liberal intellectuals in the U.S., who know precisely what is at stake. Harvard professor Danielle Allen has provided this poignant entrée: "The simple fact of the matter is that the world has never built a multiethnic democracy in which no particular ethnic group is in the majority....  We are engaged in a fight over whether to work together to build such a world."