Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ta-Nehisi Coates: America Will Never Be Whole Until We Reckon With Our Moral Debts

I think the sad fact is, there's a long history in this country at looking at African-American as subhuman. And I think that's reflected in the fact that, when we have problems that really are problems of employment, that are really problems of mental health, that are really problems of drugs, our answer is the police.

I am not asking you as a white person to see yourself as an enslaver. I'm asking you as an American to see all of the freedoms that you enjoy and see how they are rooted in things that the country you belong to condoned or actively participated in the past.
Racism is not merely a simplistic hatred. It is, more often, broad sympathy toward some and broader skepticism toward others...
An America that looks away is ignoring not just the sins of the past but the sins of the present and the certain sins of the future.
Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

- Ta-Nehisi Coates

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