Talk to Me Like I'm Stupid: London Riots and Race

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I've been preoccupied this week, but I have a very basic question: Are the London riots about race? I've only seen this at a distance but this doesn't look like a kind of vague amorphous outburst of violence, with race somewhere in the mix, but not particularly dominant. Am I seeing this wrong? 

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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