Yes, We Should Apply Today’s Moral Standards to Past Behavior

Saying otherwise is moral relativism and makes you sound stupid

Image: National Memorial for Peace and Justice (lynching memorial), Montgomery, AL, photo by DiAnna Paulk, Shutterstock, standard license, purchased by author

The lengths to which some will go to downplay America’s history of racism or other forms of injustice never ceases to amaze.

For instance, consider those who insist that we “shouldn’t judge people from past eras based on today’s…



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Tim Wise

Tim Wise


Anti-racism educator and author of 9 books, including White Like Me and, most recently, Dispatches from the Race War (City Lights, December 2020)