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There have been a lot of conversations, over the past few days, about the health of this blog's community. We've held one of them online here, another on Facebook and another internally here at the Atlantic. I'm a little talked out so forgive me for not offering much of a preamble.


Here is what you need to know: We will, from now on, have two community moderators to help me manage the inflow of comments. The moderators will be Sandy Young and Kathleen Bachynski. Sandy and Kathleen (who comments under Michigan_Reader) were selected because I found them to be the most reserve and level-headed commenters among those who visit regularly. I've corresponded with both offline, and have found them both to be trustworthy. So we've given them the keys. 

Please be respectful. Please be decent. I don't know what else to say. I don't feel like much of a Khan anymore. 
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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. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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