TNC on resegregation

In a discussion of how Tuscaloosa, Alabama, “effectively resegregated its schools,” Ta-Nehisi Coates continues to build on his case for racial pessimism:

Ending white supremacy isn’t really in the American vocabulary. That is because ending white supremacy does not merely require a passive sense that racism is awful, but an active commitment to undoing its generational effects. Ending white supremacy requires the ability to do math—350 years of murderous plunder are not undone by 50 years of uneasy ceasefire. 

A latent commitment to anti-racism just isn’t enough. But that’s what we have right now…

(F)or right now, the struggle for integration is largely over.


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