A photo of an abandoned building in Chicago from Coates’ article , which is somehow related to slavery in the 19th century in the southern US.
There was no more important and prescient piece this year than “The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It dropped a couple of months before the world heard of Michael Brown or Eric Garner.
But it in many ways prefigured the explosion of anger that followed these killings.
In it Coates, who is fast becoming our most indispensable public intellectual, makes a cogent and in many ways unassailable argument that the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and deeply racist policy in housing, policing, education and beyond make reparations necessary.
“Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole,” he writes.
Source: ‘What We’re Reading’ Newsletter, New York Times, Dec 23, 2014.