Activist, writer Shaun King challenges notions of humanity’s progress

In front of a sold-out Rackham Auditorium, writer and civil rights activist Shaun King took the stage and told the audience he was not there to inspire them. ‘I believe that in a lot of ways, you’re already inspired — that you’re frustrated, that you’re angry, that there’s still hope in you. I don’t think you need me to inspire you. Tonight, I’m really here to teach you a lesson that I think will give you a new lens to see the world,’ he said Monday night. That lesson came straight from the philosophy of German historian Leopold von Ranke.

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