03/03/2014 01:15 pm ET Updated Mar 03, 2014

The Manifesto Of Ascendancy For The Modern American Nigger

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For eleven days in 2001, two blacks ran our country. It's their example and their achievement—and not the culture of failure fomented by the leftovers of the Movement—that must set a new agenda for black Americans.

Published in the December 2006 issue of Esquire. Written by the 2014 Academy Award winner for Best Adapted Screenplay, for 12 Years a Slave.

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