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The Case for Reparations: An Intellectual Autopsy

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Ta-Nehisi Coates 1The best thing about writing a blog is the presence of a live and dynamic journal of one’s own thinking. Some portion of the reporter’s notebook is out there for you to scrutinize and think about as the longer article develops. For me, this current article—an argument in support of reparations—began four years ago when I opposed reparations. A lot has happened since then. I’ve read a lot, talked to…

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Get Ready for a National Debate About Slavery Reparations Ta-Nehisi Coates makes his case in The Atlantic’s new issue

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Isaac Chotiner @ichotiner Ta-Nehisi Coates’s long cover story in the June issue of The Atlantic is about reparations for slavery. Indeed, the piece is titled ‘The Case For Reparations.’ (It isn’t online yet. UPDATE: LINK HERE.) The story has been buzzed about for a while now, and while I recommend that everyone get their hands on the essay and read it at once, Coates’s argument shouldn’t be too controversial. But it will be—which is…

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The Economics of Reparations: Why Congress Should Meet Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Modest Demand

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Danny Vinik @dannyvinik In the newest issue of The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates makes the case for slavery reparations. “The idea of reparations is frightening not simply because we might lack the ability to pay,” Coates writes. “The idea of reparations threatens something much deeper—America’s heritage, history, and standing in the world.” The piece is provocative, but short on details: It doesn’t put a number to what black Americans are owed, and it doesn’t provide a…

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Letter from N’Cobra to IBW on the April 19th Reparations Rally

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Dear Dr. Ron Daniels:   On behalf of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations In America (N’COBRA) and its Chicago Chapter, under the leadership of Brother Kamm Howard, I take this moment in time to express for all freedom seeking and freedom struggling Africans of the world, our profound acknowledgment, appreciation, and respect for your leadership and that of the Institute of the Black World in developing and coordinating…

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Caribbean Reparations Initiative Inspires a Revitalization of the US Movement

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Don Rojas Picture this scene. It was almost surreal, improbable just a few years ago: a room filled with presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers from the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM), all listening with rapt attention, several nodding in agreement, as one of the region’s most distinguished academics, and perhaps the Caribbean’s most prominent public intellectual, gave a riveting report on the recent work of CARICOM’s Reparations Commission. Yes,…

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Ta-Nehisi Coates and the boundaries of legitimate debate

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Alyssa Rosenberg At the Sixth and I synagogue in Washington on Thursday night, people were reselling tickets out on the street as if a playoff game was taking place inside, rather than a talk by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent for the Atlantic. The subject of the event was Coates’s recent cover story for the magazine, “The Case for Reparations,” which has broken traffic records and vanished from newsstands. (The Atlantic)…

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America’s Moral Debt to African Americans

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Lonnie Bunch “Though the slavery question is settled, its impact is not. The question will be with us always. It is in our politics, our courts, on our highways, in our manner, and in our thoughts all the day, every day.” – Cornelius Holmes As a historian, I know slavery has left a deep scar on America. The reasons are many. I have found wisdom in the words of Cornelius…

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Barbados prime minister explains unemployment through Caribbean slave history

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday June 9, 2014, CMC – Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has cited traditional high Caribbean unemployment as a reason for current challenges to the National Insurance Service (NIS) fund that pays relief benefits to workers who lose their jobs. Derek Osbourne, an actuary at the Bahamian company, Horizonnow Consultants, who conducted an actuarial review of the NIS Unemployment and Severance Funds in 2013, was last week reported to have warned…

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