Black History Month Day 2.

“One cannot escape the question by hand-waving at the past, disavowing the acts of one’s ancestors, nor by citing a recent date of ancestral immigration. The last slaveholder has been dead for a very long time. The last soldier to endure Valley Forge has been dead much longer. To proudly claim the veteran and disown the slaveholder is patriotism à la carte. A nation outlives its generations.” -Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Case for Reparations”

This is the heart of “The Case of Reparations” by Mr. Coates. The idea that Americans believe they can pick and choose what they honor and what they…