On this particularly bleak morning-after, if you want your blood to boil, you can read Darren Wilson explain why he killed Michael Brown. Or you could simply skip it. You already know what it says. You’ve heard every word before, in other situations that are all too similar.
Instead, it isn’t just recommended, it’s necessary for us – especially if you are white – to go back to James Baldwin in 1962 for this — because apparently, we’ve not come very far at all.
(h/t to Aaron Bady on Twitter, who remembered this letter this morning)