Uses of the past

Lionel Chetwynd, the writer/director of “Hanoi Hilton” and other films, wrote this open letter to Barack Obama in response to the Senator’s speech about race relations and Rev. Wright. Invoking his experience in moving beyond hatred towards Germans over the Holocaust, Chetwynd argues that “contextualizing” Rev. Wright’s hatred was a misuse of a “teaching moment.” The teaching opportunity consisted of “not explaining Wright


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