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The Case For Reparations Pick of the day

The exploitation of black Americans remained brutal well into the 20th century; the effects endure to the present day in wealth and income differentials and in widespread segregation of schools and housing. Whether or not you agree that reparations are the answer, Coates makes his argument well: “To celebrate freedom and democracy while forgetting America’s origins in a slavery economy is patriotism à la carte” (15,800 words)

Pardon My French

New Yorker studies French on a home-stay in Switzerland. “Hearing a foreign language is like seeing a postcard from some other land. I experienced my ignorance of words and grammar as a physical distance, as a longing for something that was mere inches away. In that gap, there was all the magic of childhood … The older I get, the more I treasure the sprawling periods of incomprehension, the not knowing, the lands beyond Google” (860 words)

Departures

“Yesterday I ate a bad nut on the train to Boston and went into anaphylactic shock. A doctor who happened to be seated nearby shot me up with a epipen. The train made an emergency stop in New London. I was shivering crazily. After I laid down, I heard the doctor say, ‘I can’t get a pulse.’ This is something no one ever wants to hear”

The Legacy of Malcolm X

Yes, he was an angry man, but rightly so. Black Americans, no matter how talented or hard-working, could only get so far. Not until 2008 did that old order finally die. “Barack Obama is the president. But it’s Malcolm X’s America”

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