If you don’t regularly read Ta-Nehisi Coates blog regularly, you are missing one of the great young writers and thinkers of his generation. I wanted to point you to this post about the mysticism and transformational nature of the Civil War for the enslaved.
When you look at this boy, what you see is someone who has been healed–the rags he heals are like wounds–someone who has been “made whole again.” Circling back to Lincoln, you see that, to the enslaved, much of this debate about what Lincoln thought and when he thought it is academic. Lincoln is a work of art to them, and they are interpreting him, giving him meaning, in the moment.
The photo at the top of the piece says it all, but please read the entry. You’ll be glad you took the time to read it.