The cover story for this months Atlantic is penned by writer and race commentator Ta-Nehisi Coates. The title? The Case for Reparations. For those who don’t know, reparations is the concept of back pay or some other type of remedy to former enslaved peoples.
The article drops tomorrow. Watch the trailer (yes, there’s a mahfuckin’ trailer!) below. There’s a short pre-release commentary over at the New Republic, if you’re interested. Coates will also be speaking with Bill Moyers about the article on Friday.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a writer over at The Atlantic. I’m a loyal reader and Coates has cemented himself as one of my favorite thinkers especially on issues of race and politics. This morning he wrote an Op-Ed column in the New York Times.
The idea that racism lives in the heart of particularly evil individuals, as opposed to the heart of a democratic society, is reinforcing to anyone who might, from time to time, find their tongue sprinting ahead of their discretion… New York is a city, like most in America, that bears the scars of redlining, blockbusting and urban renewal. The ghost of those policies haunts us in a wealth gap between blacks and whites that has actually gotten worse over the past 20 years.
Love it. Check the whole piece out here.