A Pope You Can Believe In

It was like an Aaron Sorkin wet-dream made real in DC yesterday: a liberal president met with a progressive pope to talk about poverty, immigration, and climate change.

The Cost of Incarceration

Free public defenders aren’t actually free. Some municipalities require people to pay $50-200 in “public defender application fees,” and that’s just the beginning.

What Can We Do About Subconscious Racism?

Ester Bloom has joined Ta-Nehisi Coates in urging us to have a frank conversation about how to fix the massive racial injustices that inhere in our country. Coates proposes monetary reparations as an institutional remedy for the crushing toll of slavery, Jim Crow terrorism, and subsequent racist public policy. But what about the deeply ingrained attitudes, especially among white people, that perpetuate racial injustice? I don’t mean the cartoon plutocrat racism of Donald Sterling, which is ultimately a distracting anomaly. I mean the subtle favoritism that crops up in the choices we make when dating, hiring, and choosing where to live—the implicit racism we never consider. What’s the reparations for that, and are we willing to pay the price?

Ready? Let’s Talk Reparations

The Culture of Poverty Rhetoric

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Advice to Students

The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates considers what kind of advice he’d offer to students in Baltimore County if he were invited to speak to them.

The Great Migration and the Black Middle Class