Reparations Hearing | The Anointed Opening Statement of Ta-Nehisi Coates

God Is In This

Ta-Nehisi Coates words were like King David’s slingshot against Goliath…

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates told lawmakers at a House committee hearing that the debate over reparations is “a dilemma of inheritance.” Coates called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for saying a day earlier that reparations were not “a good idea” because no one who is currently living is responsible. Coates told lawmakers that many of the inequalities created by slavery persist today, including in the form of economic and health disparities.

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34 Responses to Reparations Hearing | The Anointed Opening Statement of Ta-Nehisi Coates

  1. 🎵🎤Who’s that man I see
    underneath the hanging tree
    he looks just like me
    so tell me am I really free
    could have been my mother
    crying for my brother
    and everybody, everybody, everybody
    praying for peace
    but who’s gonna protect us from the police🎵🎤

  2. rikyrah says:

    Ta-Nehisi Coates Clapped Back at Mitch McConnell for Saying ‘No One Alive’ Is Liable for Reparations. So We Came Up With a List

    Michael Harriot
    Today 8:00am


    By no means should this list be considered all-inclusive. However, it is an indication of how many people blissfully walk around thinking that the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and racial discrimination is dead.

    Anyone who lives in a white neighborhood: A home in a majority-white neighborhood, on average, is worth $48,000 more than the exact same home located in a black neighborhood, even if the neighborhoods have similar crime rates, characteristics and amenities, according to a report by the Brookings Institute. The Root’s “Unpack That” explainer dissected how the racist practice of redlining created this disparity, which affects home prices to this very day. When one considers that the value of a primary residence is still the biggest fraction of most American families’ wealth, then it is no wonder that the devaluation of black-owned homes is calculated at $156 billion, according to Brookings. That is a measurable wealth disparity that can and should be made whole.

    Anyone who graduated from a majority-white school: If you spend stolen money, should you have to pay it back if you didn’t know it was stolen? Well, according to Edbuild, children who attend schools in predominately white school districts receive $2,226 more funding per student that districts who serve mostly non-white students. That’s another $23 billion dollars stolen from black students whose parents pay the same state and federal taxes as white students. We’ll take that in check, money orders or Tubman twenties, please.

    Anyone who was accepted to a segregated college: Taxpayer-funded colleges like Alabama and Ole Miss (which reclaimed its title of most racist name for a University after Trump University folded) were still integrating in the 1960s, so a lot of these graduates are still alive. Not only did students at these whites-only institutions not have to compete with black students for admission, but they enjoyed facilities, educators and resources that were paid for by black taxpayers who could not even access them.

  3. rikyrah says:

    KJ (@KendraJames_) Tweeted:
    Danny Glover is 72 and his Black grandparents were sharecroppers and tennant farmers. I’m 31 and my Black grandmother grew up a sharecropper.

    Even if you throw out redlining, the prison industrial complext, etc we’re not even close to being removed from the effects of slavery.

  4. rikyrah says:

    The deficit was ‘generational.’

    Kay says:
    June 20, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    I think there’s a real difference because the deficit to black people was generational, and so they were unable to accrue assets over years and years. The interest on the debt compounded in a way it didn’t for white people. To me it was the best part of Coates reparations article because no one talks about it in stark economic terms like that, and he did. If you were denied property in a “good” neighborhood based on race that asset hit you took rippled. It harmed the generation after you. That isn’t a straight line loss. It multiplies. He used Chicago so I will too. There was a migration from the south of poor whites too. They went to Chicago and Detroit and Toledo. They could buy property in middle class neighborhoods, and they benefited from that in each successive generation. They just had to succeed once, not over and over in each successive generation.

  5. Ta-Nehisi Coates was ready! The Spirit of the Lord was with him.

  6. Watch the two sistas behind Coates when he finishes his opening statement. Check the smiles. Y’all know that’s how we do. It means you DID the damn thing. Thank you and goodnight!

  7. Ta-Nehisi Coates touched the soul. He was ready! God was with him!

  8. Mitch McConnell’s dismissal of reparations was so offensive and insulting for the horror enslaved people suffered. How damn dare you!

  9. rikyrah says:

    He nailed it. He really did nail The Turtle. Broke it down.

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