“American Burke” author Greg Weiner discusses Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “decision to use Moynihan as the literary framework . . . for his powerful investigation into what he aptly calls America’s ‘carceral state.'” Weiner explaines that Coates, “does not impute that state to Moynihan, but his association of the topics has encouraged others to do so.” In an editorial piece for The Huffington Post, Weiner makes a compelling argument for Moynihan’s exoneration versus excoriation.