When Pantsuit Nation became a viral phenomenon days before the election last November, the private Facebook group was focused on electing the first female president.

What it got instead was something uniquely American: a devastating reminder that this country’s long, unresolved history of white supremacy continues to haunt us.

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Many of Pantsuit Nation’s 3.9 million members are white and consider themselves champions of racial equality. Some of them insisted as much when, following the election, conversations about race within the group explored the racism and bigotry deep within the left. Those exchanges often spiraled out of control, with some white women insinuating that black women were being divisive. …

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