Black People Knew All Along: Ronald Reagan Was No Saint

Reagan and Nixon (www.theatlantic.com image)

Since before this country’s inception, black people have unwillingly, unwittingly, but absolutely necessarily, served as this republic’s proverbial “canary in the coal mine,” warning the wider — read whiter — public about impending danger. Deeper than a mere warning signal, though, and more to the point, black people have likewise always been the unheeded conscience of America.