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