To Coates, the way forward must involve reparations, which he called the “indispensable tool against white supremacy.”
“If not even an avowed socialist can be bothered to grapple with reparations, if the question really is that far beyond the pale … if this is the candidate of the radical left — then expect white supremacy in America to endure well beyond our lifetimes and lifetimes of our children,” Coates wrote.
Here’s a shorter version of the argument from the New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb:
Killer Mike, who supports reparations, responded to Coates (and later Cobb) on Twitter:
He went on, identifying what he sees as a double-standard in play against Sanders:
It sounds like Killer Mike and Coates talked Wednesday afternoon. Here’s what they said afterward on Twitter: