I just did something I haven’t done in at least a dozen years. Wrote a letter to a magazine editor.
Given my interest in the Civil War & my novel Soldier’s Heart, an essay in the New Yorker (8/22) re: the Underground Railroad caught my eye. Essayist Kathryn Schulz titled the article “Derailed, The troubling allure of the Underground Railroad”. She worries that creating the historical sites of the Freedom Trail will have the unintended consequence of letting us off the hook too easily. Will we still do the relational work necessary to share our history, or remain separated out, along lines of color and culture? I was intrigued by her use of a word you just don’t see much these days: Iniquity. Here’s my response: