Wednesday 21 November 2018

Better world for our children does not have to be a fiction

American students at Queens University Belfast, left to right, Jordan Junge, Jamie Ferguson and Anne Martz celebrate as Mr Obama is sworn in
American students at Queens University Belfast, left to right, Jordan Junge, Jamie Ferguson and Anne Martz celebrate as Mr Obama is sworn in

Colum McCann

My children headed out the door to school on 82nd Street in New York yesterday morning, like any other morning, but they were walking into a country that did not exist before.

If they had been walking out 150 years ago, they would have entered a country that still used shackles around a man's ankle as a form of currency.

If they had walked out a century ago, they would have walked into a country that still hung men from oak trees for walking on the wrong side of the street.

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