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Ta-Nehisi Coates @ The American Library in Paris – 17 July 2013

Here's a reflection on the Trayvon Martin tragedy by author, writer and blogger Ta-Nehisi Coates, over at The Atlantic.  In this discussion, Coates talks about the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, and really tries to place this tragic incident within a broader historical context.

As he works through a very brief discussion of race, racism and white supremacy as official American public policy, he argues that these incidents - as tragic and unjust as they are - are predictable and to be expected.

Coates concludes that until this nation wrestles with this historical truth, and commits itself to meaningful reflection and change, we'll be hard-pressed to undo this pattern.  This is absolutely, however, this nation's fundamental challenge.

(Approximately 40 minutes)

 

 

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