Reparations Hearing: See Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Full Opening Statement | NBC New York

Published on Jun 20, 2019
Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of “The Case for Reparations,” testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee during a hearing on whether the United States should consider compensation for the descendants of slaves. He delivered a rebuttal to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comments that “no one currently alive was responsible for that,” which Coates called a “strange theory of governance.” “Well into this century the United States was still paying out pensions to the heirs of civil war soldiers,” he said. “We honor treaties that date back some 200 years despite no one being alive who signed those treaties. Many of us would love to be taxed for the things we are solely and individually responsible for. But we are American citizens and this bound to a collective enterprise that extends beyond our individual and personal reach.”

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