My Country

An immigrant from Haiti holds his baby
An immigrant from Haiti holds his baby while waiting with hundreds of people from his country who came to Tijuana in the hope of applying for asylum across the border in the U.S.
(Tyrone Beason / Los Angeles Times)

As a Black man in America, I’ve always struggled to embrace a country that promotes the ideals of justice and equality but never fully owns up to its dark history of bigotry, inequality and injustice.

Now, more than any time in recent history, the nation seems divided over this enduring contradiction as we confront the distance between aspiration and reality. Join me as I explore the things that bind us, make sense of the things that tear us apart and search for signs of healing. This is a series of stories we’re calling “My Country.”