One of the more troubling aspects of studying American history, is that there have always been, right from the very beginning, white people who knew racism was wrong.
These characters are troubling because they remind us that not only has it not always just “been that way”, but also that it could have been different. Our history with racism exists as it does because We the People intentionally made it that way- not because we had no way of knowing any better. There were people there shouting out the truth all along.
This should trouble us today, because right now there are plenty of people telling us ways to be better, and a lot of us are finding excuses to not listen.