Racial Violence in America (01:49)
Bill Moyers frames recent shootings of African-American men and boys by police in the context of segregation and slavery.
Ta-Nehisi Coates Interview (01:39)
In a May 2014 interview, Atlantic Senior Editor Ta-Nehisi Coates argues that racism is at the roots of American democracy in his article "The Case for Reparations." Moyers asks him to define white supremacy.
White Supremacy Heritage (01:13)
Coates explains that American freedoms are rooted in slavery and segregation, a legacy continuing today in mass incarceration.
Policy of Oppression (00:55)
Coates was surprised to discover direct links between modern racism and the history of white supremacy.
Racial Policy Gaps (02:03)
Coates outlines how African-Americans were originally excluded from social security benefits, causing persistent socioeconomic inequalities. Obamacare repeats the scenario.
Separate and Unequal (00:60)
Coates interviewed Clyde Ross about his family's land expropriation in Mississippi—illustrating effects of African-American disenfranchisement.
Red Lining (01:30)
Coates explains how federal housing policies discriminated against African-Americans. Ross was excluded from FHA loans when he tried to buy a home in Chicago.
Damages against African-Americans (01:40)
Coates cites wealth and incarceration gaps as traceable to racist policies. America needs to accept its moral and political role in injuring the black community.
Poverty vs. Racism (01:51)
Coates discusses how white supremacy and a social double standard affect wealthy African-Americans, including President Obama.
White Supremacy Filter (01:10)
Coates believes Americans do not talk about race in depth because it would mean admitting that our democracy is built on oppression.
Confronting National Sins (02:04)
Coates believes all Americans should examine white supremacy. He discusses why reparations would be different than Germany's apology for the Holocaust.
Reparations in Practice (01:23)
Coates calls for color blindness by being conscious of racism in policy. Obamacare is one example of healing damages done by white supremacy.
Promoting Racial Consciousness (00:59)
Coates calls for citizens and politicians to discuss white supremacy openly, and not to substitute "poverty" in policy language.
Relative Racial Progress (02:33)
Critics believe Coates should celebrate African-American equality milestones. He says the black community is still far from equal. Visit BillMoyers.com for his recent article on Ferguson.
Credits: Moyers & Company: The United States of Ferguson (01:07)
Credits: Moyers & Company: The United States of Ferguson
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