Ta-Nehisi Coates on reparations and racist U.S. atrocities

Published on Jun 20, 2019
“Reparations is not just about enslavement,” says acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, following up on his congressional testimony about H.R. 40 and the case for reparations on Wednesday. “There was the 250 years of enslavement — that period of theft. After that, there was 100 years of terror — that period of theft. Our present system of mass incarceration emerges right out of that. This notion that a nation somehow only, especially when we’re talking about its debits, that it only lasts through the lifetime of its present generation is clearly ridiculous. The state itself would fall apart if that were true.”

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