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The Academic Evidence on Reparations Costs Are Limited

In the newest issue of <i>The Atlantic,</i> Ta-Nehisi Coates makes the case for slavery reparations. “The idea of reparations is frightening not simply …

The dead-end Case for Reparations

The 15,000+ word essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic, The Case for Reparations, is getting completely predictable reactions.<p>It’s looooong, …

The Case for Reparations: An Intellectual Autopsy

Four years ago, I opposed reparations. Here's the story of how my thinking has evolved since then.<p>The 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 …

Six times victims have received reparations — including four in the US

Ta-Nehisi Coates' long, deeply researched and beautifully written case for reparations to African-Americans for slavery and Jim Crow has ignited a long dormant conversation about what, exactly, the US government owes to a population it abused for centuries, and which still faces pervasive …

America Is Coming to Terms with Its Racial Past—Let’s Look Ahead Instead

We don’t need a “national conversation.” We have that every day. We need reading programs, no War on Drugs, and other concrete solutions.<p>There was a …

The 'Case for Reparations' is solid, and it's long past time to make them

Ta-Nehisi Coates's piece reveals the conversation that Americans need to start about our history of racial oppression<p>Even before its online debut on Thursday, social media was ablaze for days in anticipation of this month's Atlantic cover story arguing in favor of reparative payments to …

Before repairing the climate, we’ll have to repair the impacts of racism

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 18-page cover story for The Atlantic making a case for reparations for African Americans is a must-read, even if you’re not into …

Why It’s Time for America to Get Real About Reparations for Black Folks

Just like religion and politics, reparations is one of those divisive topics most Americans steer clear of in public. The mention of the word …

Are reparations necessary for justice?

The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates talks about his new article “The Case for Reparations” with Melissa Harris-Perry.

The unjust nature of US 'racial caste system'

Is acknowledging historic injustice sufficient for producing contemporary fairness? Melissa Harris-Perry goes over the history of the discussion …

Americans Can't Even Stomach An Apology For Slavery, Much Less Reparations

In a cover story in The Atlantic last week, Ta-Nehisi Coates built a powerful argument for the U.S. government making reparations to black Americans, not just for the impact of slavery but also for the generations of legalized (and in some cases legally mandated) discrimination that made it …

What We Talk About When We Talk About Reparations

A century and a half ago, after the start of the Civil War, the federal government took up the question of reparations for slavery. The matter had been under discussion for years, both in the corridors of power and in the abolitionist movement, but it was only in 1862—with Congress dominated by …

Taking Reparations Seriously

I finally got around to reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’s case for reparations on the plane down to New Orleans (where I am now, working on a film; blogging …

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The Radical Practicality of Reparations

A reply to David Frum<p>David Frum has posted a rebuttal to my argument in favor of reparations. I appreciate David's engagement with the issue. I often miss the old days when <i>The Atlantic</i>'s writers would engage each other in running debate, so I'm happy for the chance to get back into that kind of …

The Impossibility of Reparations

Considering the single most important question about racial restitution: How would it work?<p>The United States government launched its reparations program to African Americans in autumn of 1969. Originally known as “the Philadelphia plan,” the program set quotas for black employment in construction …

Race, reparations, and the lie of American patriotism

No contemporary writer has done more to shape and transform my thinking about race in America than Ta-Nehisi Coates. That's why I felt a mixture of …

The Benefits of Redressing Racism With Race-Neutral Remedies

Doing so needn't interfere with fully confronting crimes against black America.<p>My colleague Ta-Nehisi Coates's cover story, "The Case for Reparations," has sparked an impressive amount of thought-provoking commentary. Reflecting on the subject this last week, I'm indebted to smart insights from …

Talking Reparations with The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Atlantic’s national correspondent sat down with ESSENCE to discuss his riveting ten-part essay, “The Case for Reparations”<p><i>The Atlantic’s</i> national …

The Elusive Specificity of Reparations

They’re not an abstract notion. They’re particular amounts of money paid to particular people. To atone for America's sins, whom should the government pay, how much, and why?<p>An advocate of reparations should not, in my opinion, disregard the fundamental question: Who will get them? How much? Who …