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
David Carr believed that, through the constant and forceful application of principle, a young knucklehead could bring the heavens to their knees. Things have been hard since I got let go from TIME. Me
Ross Douthat accuses Obama of singling out the crusades, but they are part of the president's own Christian heritage. My old colleague Ross Douthat has offered a response to Barack Obama's speech at the
Violence works. Nonviolence does too. In a recent dispatch from Ferguson, Missouri, Jelani Cobb noted that President Obama's responses to "unpunished racial injustices" constitute "a genre unto themselves."
Darren Wilson was innocent. If only the city's cops offered their own citizens the same due process he received. Yesterday the Justice Department released the results of a long and thorough investigation
The real problem is the belief that all our social problems can be solved with force. There is a tendency, when examining police shootings, to focus on tactics at the expense of strategy. One interrogates
The Atlantic's Ta-Nehesi Coates (BillMoyers.com) The prolific critic spoke with New York Magazine’s Abraham Riesman about comic books and the outsider experience April 22, 2015 4:54pm (UTC) Ta-Nehisi is
Officials calling for calm can offer no rational justification for Gray's death, and so they appeal for order. Rioting broke out on Monday in Baltimore—an angry response to the death of Freddie Gray, death
In America, the history of the criminal justice—and of executions—is inseparable from white supremacy. Fifteen years ago, Clayton Lockett shot Stephanie Neiman twice, then watched as his friends buried
Addressing the moral failings of black people while ignoring the centuries-old failings of their governments amounts to a bait and switch. On Tuesday, Georgetown University hosted President Barack Obama,
Numbers alone can't convey what the justice system does to the individual black body. We are in the midst of a debate around criminal justice right now, a timid one no doubt, but a debate nonetheless.
To understand race in the U.S. today, it's Kalief Browder's story, not Rachel Dolezal's, that really matters. I took some time this weekend to re-read Jennifer Gonnerman’s piece on the odyssey of Kalief
The flag that Dylann Roof embraced, which many South Carolinians embrace, endorses the violence he committed. Last night, Dylann Roof walked into a Charleston church, sat for an hour, and then killed people.
John Jay: It has often given me pleasure to observe that independent America was not composed of detached and distant territories, but that one connected, fertile, widespreading country was the portion
If you have a moment, check out this interview between two of the more interesting minds of the 20th century. In 1965, Robert Penn Warren published a book called Who Speaks For The Negro? in which he a
The Times has a story today on the rise in homicide in some American cities. It’s an important story—one which is hurt by the utterly baseless suggestion that those who protested against Ferguson may have
American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that’s left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they've failed to reckon with history. Fifty
On Monday night, the Atlantic published Ta-Nehisi Coates's "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration." The article, the longest the magazine has run in a decade, limns America's long history believing
Mass incarceration is a complicated problem—and deserves to be treated as such. Over at the National Review, Kay Hymowitz offers some praise from my writing skill and some demerits for my recent article
Black people in Baltimore are subjected to violence all the time. On Thursday, April 30, Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke at Johns Hopkins University in his native city of Baltimore, at the inaugural Forum on Race