Why you should care
Because debts come due.
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past,” wrote William Faulkner, in Requiem for a Nun. Though Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation put an end to legal slavery in the United States, there’s little doubt that slavery’s legacy remains: in school segregation, legal and de facto; in redlining in the postwar era and subprime mortgages in the new millennium; in the correlations between race and wealth.