Why can’t we talk about reparations? A congressional candidate broaches an unmentionable topic

African American slaves harvesting and packing of cotton in Louisiana, 1886. (Credit: Getty/duncan1890)

Editor’s note: Dan Canon is a candidate for the Democratic nomination in Indiana’s ninth congressional district. We welcome submissions from his opponents, or from candidates in other districts.

In 2016, two years after Ta-Nehisi Coates’ eye-opening article in the Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations,” Bernie Sanders was asked if he would support paying reparations to the...

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