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For several months, Killer Mike has publicly endorsed and made appearances with Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, claiming that of all the presidential hopefuls, it’s with Sanders that black community has the best chance to experience positive change. Sanders is looked as as the more radical of his most serious competitors Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley, in a recently published The Atlantic piece by widely renowned and heralded thinker and writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates–author of Between the World and Me–quite literally made a “Case for Reparations,” which goes directly against Sanders’ policy, and calls into question Mike’s support of the Vermont senator. Killer Mike defended his support in the following tweets:


Apparently, this dialogue left Twitter and stepped into the realms of physical contact, as Coates later tweeted what sounds like confirmation that he and Killer Mike met, and later said he and the Atlanta rapper don’t have to agree on anything, a sentiment Killer Mike agreed with wholeheartedly.

At the least, back-and-forths like this one foster healthy environments for honest dialogues on several issues, including and especially race, and it would be a benefit if they happened more often. In Coates’ “Case for Reparations,” Coates leads with this straightforward statement, “Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.”