Author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates reinvigorated the conversation about reparations for descendants of slaves in 2014 with his exhaustive essay “The Case For Reparations.” Now the award-winning writer said he is surprised the topic is still getting so much prominent attention.
In an interview with CBS This Morning, Coates admitted having reparations heavily in the national conversation five years after his article was published is unexpected.
“When you’re a writer you are fortunate if anybody pays
attention to anything you do so you have to write out of some sort of
deep-seated belief. So I’m shocked to see this continuing now,” Coates said.
Reparations has been a hot topic lately – particularly for U.S. lawmakers and democratic candidates running for the 2020 presidency.
In the U.S. House, Rep. Sheila Jackson and dozens of her colleagues are pushing the HR 40 Bill, which calls for a national apology and study to figure out a feasible way to establish reparations policy. The bill was first introduced in 1989 by now retired Rep. John Conyers, reported the Christian Century.
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