Every now and then I come across an article that I wish I could assign as required reading for everyone in the United States. This Atlantic article by Ta-Nehisi Coates, "The Case for Reparations," is one of them:
Well-argued, well-documented, and profoundly insightful. And disturbing. We need to know these things. We need to understand. The head-in-sand mentality that denies the full breadth and depth of racism in America hobbles us as a nation and will continue to do so until we deal with our past -- and our present.