Sarah Azaransky is author of The Dream is Freedom: Pauli Murray and American Democratic Faith (2011) and is working on a manuscript on religious black internationalism and the roots of civil rights. In 2014 she will begin as assistant professor of social ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York.
When President Obama argued for U.S. strikes on Syria, he used a familiar trope:
When, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional.
Yet his proposed Syria policy put him in new political territory: against the views of a majority of African Americans.
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