Ta-Nehisi Coates did an interview with Bill Moyers last week discussing his recent cover story for the Atlantic Monthly. If you haven’t read the article yet, you need to. The Case for Reparations is a magnificent article that gracefully discusses racism, housing discrimination and the struggle for economic security in the African-American community. The interview is long, clocking in at over 24 minutes, but it’s worth every minute. Let me know what you think in the comments.
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.
People cringe at the mention of reparations and yet have a very narrow understanding of the immense role slavery played in building the modern empire of the United States. The K-12 version of slavery is sterile at best and leaves one with an all too narrow understanding of the slave industry and its vast economic, geographic and political reaches.
Greg Grandin, a professor of history at NYU, recently wrote a short piece titled: The Bleached Bones of the Dead: What the Modern World Owes Slavery (It’s More Than Back Wages). It deals directly with the fact that slavery was not just about picking cotton in the south, but something much, much larger: