Here is the author, Ta-Nahesi Coates, from a Nov. 26 post about the agony of watching a black president contort himself so as not to have to address the essential core of racism at the heart of our economy, polity, history and America's existence"
"In nearly every major American city one can find a population of people whose very existence, whose very history, whose very traditions, are an assault upon this country's nationalist instincts. Black people are the chastener of their own country. Their experience says to America, 'You wear the mask.'"White supremacy is pervasive and it is part of everything we are as Americans. If you read nothing else, please read "The Case for Reparations: Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racists housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole."
We must name the truth of our country and we must face and honestly confront and answer for it. Only then, do we create a way to heal.