Last week, when Ta-Nehisi Coates's essay for The Atlantic making a case for reparations for African Americans hit the web, Savage posted it here on Slog, with a prediction:
Gay marriage went from inconceivable to laughable to an existential threat to obviously just in a few short decades. I expect that reparations for slavery (and Jim Crow and redlining) will do the same—and I epxect that we will one day look back at Ta-Nehisi Coates' 2014 piece in The Atlantic the same way we look back at Andrew Sullivan's 1989 piece in the New Republic ("Here Comes The Groom: A (Conservative) Case For Gay Marriage"). This is an essay that could jumpstart a movement.
The essay is 16,000 words long and also includes video and detailed maps and graphics. If you do not want to read an essay that long—though I wish you would, whether you think you agree or not, whether you think you know American history or not, whether you know about Germany's reparations to Israel and Holocaust survivors, whether you know about American reparations in the days immediately following slavery, whether you know that the G.I. Bill was racist and the federal government enforced housing discrimination until 46 years ago, that blacks were targeted in the economic crash that happened six years ago—then you can instead watch him on Democracy Now in a two-part interview. I'll even post the second part here so it's handy for you.
It's just that Coates is so right, and so relatively few people know it—but I agree with Dan. They will.