Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
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Reading Assigned

"To proudly claim the veteran and disown the slaveholder is patriotism à la carte. A nation outlives its generations."—What is an ambitious, bold, beautifully written magazine cover story worth in 2014? That is to ask: Can it still force people to talk, or is the power of the information void such that it will be merely processed and forgotten, filed away in the abandoned longform warehouse? This is as good a month as any to find out.

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Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

Good to see the Black Intelligentsia finally coming around to this issue. Realistically though, would Congress ever approve reparations? If Obama is bold enough, perhaps he could do it by executive order, but the Fox News racists would go crazy.

Maybe Atlantic will let Minister Farrakhan guest edit next month's issue.

The Future is Here (#10,633)

Just to plug this further for anyone reading the comments: this article is wonderful, especially if you've been looking for a non-book length explanation of how housing discrimination (and other federal policies) is the root cause of, well, everything.

Ralph Haygood (#13,154)

"Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.": In other words, America will never be whole.

I hope Coates understands that justice will never be done for black Americans or Hispanic Americans or native Americans or any of the other groups that have been systematically abused throughout the history of this sad country. The only justice, if you can call it that, will be the poetic justice of the country's long, slow slide into poverty and irrelevance due to the stupidity and viciousness of the spiritual heirs of the slaveholders.

NinetyNine (#98)

I mean, I guess fuck you for assuming I need to be convinced?

UncleStu (#232,509)

Coates (his followers call him TNC) is an amazing person.

I am a white liberal who thought I knew something about race in America, but TNC regularly opens my eyes to aspects of the issue I never knew about. He has a way of saying things that makes you think about familiar issues in entirely new ways.

I've been visiting his blog daily for several years. He is an active participant in the conversation, and says he learns a lot from the commenters. Not as much as we learn, I bet.

The people who comment are an unusually well read and thoughtful bunch – hard to find in most comment sections. Many are professors, and teachers of all kinds – others are just folks – like me.

Every visit is a treat. I highly recommend a daily visit.

He also has a book that was very well received.

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