Political Revolution

What is White Supremacy?

Last May, Bill Moyers interviewed journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, who wrote The Case for Reparations, the cover story of the 2014 June issue of The Atlantic.

This week, “In the wake of decisions by grand juries in both Missouri and New York’s Staten Island not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed African Americans,” Moyers revisits his conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates.

a system that holds a certain group people, who hail from a certain ancestry, should always be ensured that they will not sink to a certain level. And that level is the level occupied by black people….

At one point, Irish people did not fit into that . At one point Italian people did not fit into that. At one point, Jewish people did not fit into that. And now they do. We’ve changed that. We’ve adjusted.

The only people who never fit into that are African Americans.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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