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President Biden’s pursuit of solidarity is well intentioned. But without concrete plans to hold bad actors accountable, his efforts will be useless.

Black & white photo of a protest split into 3 parts. 1 is almost solid red, 1 has a translucent red gradient, & 1 is normal.
Black & white photo of a protest split into 3 parts. 1 is almost solid red, 1 has a translucent red gradient, & 1 is normal.
Unity requires hard work and accountability, or it risks granting unearned forgiveness for harmful transgressions. Photo illustration: The Atlantic/Getty Images


Punishment can radicalize and further alienate people, while social policy and grassroots community building can defuse potential violence.

A line of heavily armored riot police at the US Capitol Building.
A line of heavily armored riot police at the US Capitol Building.
Photo: Shay Horse/NurPhoto via Getty Images


Democracy is under attack, and we need to protect it.

A small photo of a US flag flying in a blue sky, on a larger field of black with a grid of white dots.
A small photo of a US flag flying in a blue sky, on a larger field of black with a grid of white dots.
Illustration: The Atlantic/Getty Images


‘The First White President,’ revisited

Collage interspersing the Capitol Building (with a crowd on its steps) with parts of Trump’s head.
Collage interspersing the Capitol Building (with a crowd on its steps) with parts of Trump’s head.
Photoillustration: Jon Key


How will the GOP recover from the Trump era? Pretend it never happened.

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Image: Paul Spella / Shutterstock / The Atlantic


Delaware’s congresswoman thought she might die in the riot at the Capitol. Then her Republican colleagues mocked her for handing out masks while they sheltered together.

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Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) pays her respects as the Representative John Lewis (D-GA) lies in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. on July 27, 2020. Photo: Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images


Cloth masks are better than nothing, but they were supposed to be a stopgap measure.

Composite photo of three people wearing different styles and colors of masks.
Composite photo of three people wearing different styles and colors of masks.
Photos: Vincent Catala/Agence VU/Red​ux


The federal government must release demographic data about vaccine recipients.

Red vials overlaid over a blurry black-and-white photo of a crowd.
Red vials overlaid over a blurry black-and-white photo of a crowd.
Illustration: The Atlantic; source: Getty Images


When have Americans been willing to admit who we are?

A blue rectangle with white stars with rows of people’s heads wearing red blindfolds, visually referencing the US flag.
A blue rectangle with white stars with rows of people’s heads wearing red blindfolds, visually referencing the US flag.
Photo illustration: The Atlantic; source: CSA Images/Getty Images


Disease narratives maintain certain features over time, even as specific details vary to fit a new epidemic or context.

A syringe being spun in a blur on its central axis in front of a green background.
A syringe being spun in a blur on its central axis in front of a green background.
Photo illustration: The Atlantic

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