BLACK VOICES

Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Black Family In The Age Of Mass Incarceration

After decades of mass incarceration that have left the United States with the largest incarcerated population in the world, politicians of all stripes are suddenly declaring the policy a mistake. But their pronouncements have failed to reckon with the phenomenon’s deep historical roots, or with the damage it has done to black families. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report on “The Negro Family” tragically helped launch this assault, it’s time to reclaim his original intent.

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