This summer I spent a month digging into the topics discussed by the gentlemen in this group. I learned so much and continue to do so as I explore further, compare and contrast the points each make with each other.
On the experience, data and ethics pertaining to Black America: civil rights, racism, prison reform and ineqeuality John McWhorter and Glenn Loury emerge as brave and honest observers. They synthesize so much work done in the past, and represent a bi-partisan analysis.
Their viewpoints contribute value to this discussion along with the greatest thinkers on this topic one might also consider: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Cornel West, Thomas Sowell, James Baldwin, Thomas Chatterton Williams, Colson Whitehead, (more well known), Obama, Malcolm X, MLK and (more historically), Booker T. Washington, Fredrick Douglas and W.E.B. Dubois.
It is fascinating to explore the areas of agreement and disagreement on policy between this eminent group. Coleman Hughes is a young rising star in this space who we might pair with Toronto's Desmond Cole as a counterpoint. There seems more room to build bipartisan support for beneficial policies than many expect. Partisan grandstanding often seems to get in the way of what could be achieved with honest mutual dialogue. A helpful guide for how diplomatic space can be created is acted out most clearly by a man I consider to be a hero; Daryl Davis.