From NYT’s newsletter ‘What we’re reading’: Regarding reparations

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.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Ta-Nehisi Coates is fast-becoming our most indispensable public “intellectual”?
    What? Did gibberish man die?

    • What can you say about a people whom Liberals have conditioned to be dependent on the state?

      • Petrilla

        Grow the fu–k up!

        • Clausewitz


    • Petrilla

      Don’t know him, but sure don trust his hyphonated name, or perhaps I should change my own to get funding?

  • mauser 98

    made up to sound non-white.intellectual, exotic, world traveller BS. you must agree or you are a racist

    made up name from some shakedown fake shaman

    • winniec

      He is the world’s most full of it man.

      • Frau Katze

        Or as I read somewhere (comment on another), he talks “blackity, black black.”

    • Petrilla

      agreed I must come up with a better name to get funding. It seems most women’s names are taken, la is a favourite. Judge Judy already got my favourite™™:Latina, so I’ll have to go for La Petrilla, so boring. I needed to get some Indian, sorry, first nation in here. Obviously I don’t have enough victim in my heart. Screw it, I’ll just make it on my own.

    • Minicapt

      His father was ‘interested’ in Ancient Egypt, especially Ancient Black Egypt, and named his son after a famous Black Egyptian Prince from 3000BC or so.

      Or his mother was startled by a garter snake, and thus named him Tiny-Hissy.


  • Martin B

    The most indispensable public intellectual in America made this prediction last week:

    “(In) 10 years, world will long for pragmatic Obama. 25 years – will be considered one of America’s greatest Presidents. 50 years on the $ 20 bill”

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      How about: “Made millions of Americans realize that “Bull” Conner was right?”

      Prior to Obama, I was a dutiful and obedient blank-slater.
      Now, not so much.

      • winniec

        Stop…I’m dying.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          I’ll be here all week! 😉

          • Frau Katze

            Is that a threat? 😉

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Actually I was thinking of spending New Year’s up at your place Katze.
            Now THAT’S a threat! 😉

  • winniec

    If this an intellectual my ass is a trumpet that blows cool jazz and each note smells like roses.

  • Xavier


    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Yep, and we even kick a few dollars to the African host government as a condition of not killing them outright and stealing their swag and bling.

  • Hard Little Machine

    May as well demand money from the Great Jaguar which holds up the Heavens.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I would absolutely support “reoperations for deportations”.

      • Frau Katze

        There would be few takers. Life in Africa is hard —very hard.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Carrot and stick darlin’! 😉
          When the choice is reparations or a non-functional EBT card, I think they will come around.

          • Petrilla

            What’s an EBT card in America?l

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) is an electronic system that allows state welfare departments to issue benefits via a magnetically encoded payment card, used in the United States.
            Now sing along:

  • Petrilla

    Has anybody ever said something like You have a black President, the black middle class is doing very well, so what is the matter with the ones protesting, they don’t have a leg to stand on…..except for their hatred of whites. In their DNA, I blame Obama and Sharp ton and Jesse Jackson and their ilk. Oh my, looked in their little black bag and they Dr out one word. HATRED. For whites. Obama and his ilk caused this. Slavery didn’t. Black people caused this. In Chicago. I didn’t cause this. And I will be d#mned if you dare to try to pin it on me, a white person in Canada, Perhaps if you had any guts in the USA, Chicago, you would fight black on black crime.? Lord know you have enough to keep you busy.

    • Nan

      They’re too busy committing white collar crimes to take care of black on black crimes.

  • BillyHW

    I’m okay with paying reparations as long as anyone who takes them has to go back to Africa.