Willful Ignorance

by Patrick Appel

Ta-Nehisi contemplates Haley Barbour's memory of the 1960s:

Short of a desire to not know, there is no excuse to proceed into the 21st century in this blind matter. This morning I was listening to James McPherson on the radio. He very casually noted that at the outset of the Civil War, some 60 percent of South Carolina's population was enslaved. A century and a half later, there are still those who would raise a glass and dance to this. And there are others who would so very much just like to not know.