Elites, saying sorry won't bridge the gap

Instead of self-denigration and tortuous apologies, think of sharing the fruits of advantages

A framed eighth-grade diploma, dated June 19, 1913, hangs on the wall opposite my computer. It belonged to my grandmother, Minnie Rothenhoefer, one of eight children in a German immigrant family, who was forced to quit school at age 14 after her alcoholic father abandoned his family.

Her first job was picking onions and her greatest regret - she lived to age 99 - was that she never attended high school.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 25, 2018, with the headline 'Elites, saying sorry won't bridge the gap'. Print Edition | Subscribe