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Thu Jun 20, 2019, 10:57 PM

The Case For Reparations -- Chris Hayes Interviews Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 11:01 PM

1. Reparations is a non starter

and a sure way to lose an election.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 11:02 PM

2. There's only two things I want from a Reparations Comission

I want two searchable databases:
1. To identify all the white people standing around in pictures of lynching parties.
2. To identify African slaves so I can search for the country and or tribe my familial ancestors originally came from.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Fri Jun 21, 2019, 01:03 AM

3. I knew when folks started to have serious conversations, TaNehisi would be called on

His article from years ago, really gave me food for thought.

The students at Georgetown are phenomenal. The fact that these students took the initiative, that's the point. Its not the monetary value. The rest of America needs to take note.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Fri Jun 21, 2019, 03:37 PM

4. There needs to be a study to identify what is owed and to whom.

There is just no excuse for hiding from the ugly truth. Indeed, it smells of a coverup or white wash of the lasting damage of slavery to African Americans in this country--it allows racists to blame the condition of African Americans on African Americans themselves, as being "lazy," etc.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 21, 2019, 03:45 PM

5. I looked up a few books on Amazon, and believe that figures do exist. A truth and reconciliation

commission can accompany a an intergenerational reparations project.

Such a commission can historically trace both slave ancestry and institutions built on slavery, which is one reason some states and Georgetown have tried to deal with their part in our slave history.

Who gets reparations, what form they take, who owes and how long this will take are up for settlement across the country.

I wonder if the judicial system will be involved.

I wonder if all the slave societies of the Western Hemisphere outside the U.S., will ever make reparations, since they received over 90% of all the slaves from Africa.

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Response to ancianita (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 21, 2019, 03:54 PM

6. That is why Coates was saying we need to pass HR 40 to commission such a study.

We need to pass HR 40. We need the truth.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Sat Jun 22, 2019, 01:36 PM

7. I was walking on the phone with my mom and someone was talking reparations on MSNBC today

I don't know who it was. I was distracted with the phone call so I was half paying attention but whomever it was seemed to have a very good grasp on the issue and knew it wasn't about just cutting a check. I have Sling in my room so I can't rewind. I wish I knew who it was to find a clip online. This is the first white politician I can recall whom I've seen that was having an honest conversation about it. He was talking about the effects of slavery, Jim Crow, and how that trickled down to redlining, the school systems, health care and on and on.

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