I was skeptical. Then I heard a poet read one of his poems.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is an atheist. But perhaps his atheism is precisely the kind that Christians in America need.
In the last six weeks police officers have killed at least five unarmed African American men: Eric Garner, John Crawford, Ezell Ford, Dante Parker, and Michael Brown. This does not include Kajieme Powell, who was carrying a steak knife when two officers gunned him down just a few miles away from the site of Brown’s death. As much as some commentators might want to dismiss the protests as the cynical work of “screamers” and “race hustlers,” there is no doubt that the unrest sprung in large part from a righteous indignation at this nation’s long and persistent record of state violence against black men.
"The U.S has created a vast legal system for racial and social control, unprecedented in world history. Yet we claim to be colorblind."