In elementary school, I remember being forced to square dance in gym class. It was always an agonizing exercise with, in my opinion, little redeeming value. I was interested to find out this week that square dancing was ushered in in part due to a racist conspiracy to undermine jazz music.
As the United States works to understand its complicated, oppressive history racism, works like this are important. Understanding how deeply ingrained race has become is one part of deconstructing it.