Sunday September 30 is the birthday of Ta-Nehisi Coates — one of the greatest living writers of essays and nonfiction!
Whether you love or loathe his work, it’s hard to argue that he is one of the most thought-provoking essayists writing today. His atheistic naturalism, for instance, challenges us as Christians to take the Incarnation, and our bodies, more seriously.
In honor of his birthday, we offer the following list of eight of the finest Ta-Nehisi Coates essays from THE ATLANTIC!
The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration
Published: October 2015
A serious reformation of our carceral policy—one seeking a smaller prison population, and a prison population that looks more like America—cannot concern itself merely with sentencing reform, cannot pretend as though the past 50 years of criminal-justice policy did not do real damage. And so it is not possible to truly reform our justice system without reforming the institutional structures, the communities, and the politics that surround it.
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