One of the best writers of the times, impassioned, articulate, and thoughtful. This 5 minute response to McConnell is a great introduction if you have not heard or read him. The post also includes video of McConnell’s comments (2 minutes) and a link to Medium who assembled 8 of the best essays by Coates, including his epic Letter to My Son describing the black experience in the USA..
If the video below inspires you, please take a look at this link which provides eight essays by Coates including an extended piece making a case for reparations, an assessment of the Obama presidency, The First White President (an inciteful essay on whiteness, the presidency and Donald Trump, and Letter to My Son. Click here to get to all eight essays.
If you would like a bit of background on the case for reparations, this Slate piece comments on David Brooks recent op-ed in the NY Times describing his “conversion” to supporting reparations. A moderate Republican, that Brooks could have found his way to support for reparations, is significant. Slate actually takes on Brooks as being late to the party and overlooking quite a bit in his op-ed To read Brooks’ original NY Times op-ed, click here. Since Brooks’ op-ed is in the NY Times and many do not subscribe and can only read 10 NY Times articles a month online, The Slate article gives you the gist of Brooks’ position with the critique from Slate.
After reading and/or reviewing the video, please offer comment on your view of reparations and / or the value of this Sunday focus on one issue via video. I decided this week to offer supplementary reading offerings to amplify or introduce the issues. Was this a good idea?
Enjoy your Sunday.
Paul & Roxanne
First McConnell’s Comments (1 minute).
While they are unfortunately and predictably obtuse, they offered a perfect launching for Coates comments to Congress that follow.
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Response