The point of this language of “intention” and “personal responsibility” is broad exoneration. Mistakes were made. Bodies were broken. People were enslaved. We meant well. We tried our best. “Good intention” is a hall pass through history, a sleeping pill that ensures the Dream.
(Uit: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015, 33)