How the automobile became a symbol of middle-class freedom in the African American community, while also foreshadowing a troubled future.
Brentin Mock is a journalist who writes for The Atlantic's CityLab. He was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, returning to the city to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002. Mock currently lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Thena Robinson-Mock, a civil rights attorney and has a 12-year-old son named Justice Mock. Before joining CityLab this year, he was the justice editor for the environmental news site Grist.org, and in 2009 he helped start the New Orleans-based investigative news nonprofit The Lens. His work can be found in range of publications, including The Nation, The Atlantic, Colorlines, The Root, The American Prospect, Newsweek, Vibe, XXL.com, and plenty others.