So before you react, at least understand these two things about Coates’ article:
It’s not just about slavery.
He’s not saying, “All you white people need to send me a check.”
The wealth gap between blacks and whites is the direct result of centuries of policy. Why should using policy to fix it be unthinkable?
For as long as I can remember, the idea of paying reparations to African Americans has been the boogyman in any discussion of race. Just say the word reparations in any room with more than one white person, and rational discussion ends. And if you can tie any other program to reparations — affirmative action, food stamps, whatever — rational discussion of that ends too. That’s what Rush Limbaugh meant to do when he invoked reparations in an attack on ObamaCare:
This is income redistribution. This is returning the nation’s wealth to its quote/unquote “rightful owners”. This is a civil rights bill, this is reparations — whatever you want to call it.
He didn’t go on to explain why that would…
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