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What to Do When Our Heroes Fail Us

Can we learn to live without the people we once revered?

Photo: MartinFredy/Getty Images

In the past few months, the American media has been filled with images of protestors pulling down public statues of racist historical figures — many of them Confederate soldiers. A startling number of these statues were created during the Jim Crow era for the express purpose of intimidating Black Americans…

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Gabrielle Bellot

Gabrielle Bellot

Staff writer at LitHub and editor at Catapult. Writing in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Cut, Tin House, The Atlantic, Guernica, Electric Lit, + more