Ta-Nehisi Coates: “The dicta of whiteness seek to alchemize profligate sins into virtue. So it was with Virginia slaveholders claiming that Britain sought to make slaves of them. So it was with marauding Klansmen organized against alleged rapes and other outrages. So it was with a candidate who called for a foreign power to hack his opponent’s email and who now, as president, is claiming to be the victim of ‘the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.'”

“Historians estimate that across the 17th century an average of 38,000 people left England for America each year, from a population of around five and a half million.”

“At its core, Instagram it is really just something to look at, an effectively endless catalog to flick through while you wait for something to happen to you.”

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