What is the case for Reparations made by Ta-Nehisi Coates?

2. Write a Secondary Response (SP)

Respond thoughtfully to a fellow student’s original post on the OPPOSITE document or question your did your OP on.  Simply writing “I agree” without any discussion will get you no points on this part. Please do not respond to a original post that has more than 2 secondary responses already. If you respond to the an OP that addresses the same document or question from you wrote your original post on you will only receive half credit at most.  About one robust paragraph.  (5 points)

3. Write a Tertiary Response (TP)

This is a free post.  You can thoughtfully respond to one of the SPs on your own or any other OP or write a TP on any post in the forum. (5 points)

2.The 14th amendment did change the game and was able to create equal rights and representation for all. Although the the 13th amendment did abolish salivary there was many loopholes to this. I know President Trump was trying to remove the 14th amendment and make immigrants who had children here not be able to give natural birth citizenship within U.S borders.  Which is very crazy to me because so many disputes and arguments  about this during that time that now in the 20th century our president talks about taking it away. It feels like were are going backwards in time when we should be going forward.  As a child of immigrant parents and like so many in this country it’s very hard to think about something like this and should not be taken lightly.  

if you like to read the article where president trump talks about the removal of the 14th amendment 


3.   The black codes are generally laws that the African American people who were free were supposed to follow if not they will be sent to jail. Mostly the laws said they were not able to marry whites, carry any weapons, must pay a certain amount on taxes, cannot be in groups together with other whites and blacks. Basically these African American people had lots of restrictions while being free. The context of them, is to put fear into blacks and show them they still aren’t really free. “ Sec 3… All freedmen, free negroes or mulattoes who do now and have herebefefor lived and cohabited together as husband and while shall be take and held in law as legally married etc… that it shall not be lawful for any freeman to intermarry with any white person:” (p.5) this was aim to give blacks a right to legalize marriage but still with restrictions. Whites did not want blacks to mix their blood with whites blood. They still wanted to show that they were superior than them. These codes just wanted to impose more fear in black communities. 

Extra credit:

Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the preeminent American intellectuals who writes on the issue of race today.  His groundbreaking article from 2014, The Case for Reparations, published in the old Abolitionist newspaper The Atlantic  (Links to an external site.), argued that America’s prosperity, which is radically unevenly distributed along racial lines, is actually directly tied to its history of slavery and racism.

The piece renewed debate over this country’s debt to those it enslaved that continues and was debated before Congress on Juneteenth  (Links to an external site.) last year.  Coates himself offered testimony as a rebuke to Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell who rejected Reparations because “none of us currently living” are responsible for slavery. 

For up to five points extra credit, please watch his opening statement here and then respond to the questions below in a robust paragraph:WATCH: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ full opening statement on reparations at House hearing (Links to an external site.)WATCH: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ full opening statement on reparations at House hearing

See also:

https://theweek.com/articles/848174/when-white-man-say-what-tanehisi-coates-said?fbclid=IwAR2HQCmJilOnp5ukC85YSDr3tYJZfkB7hHmKFVptZY48wGdmlgjgv4RLlhU (Links to an external site.)

  1. What is the case for Reparations made by Ta-Nehisi Coates? Note that you do not have to read his 2014 piece since it is very long though I do think all Americans should at some point. Summarize his argument.
  2. Why do you think Reparations is such a contentious issue?
  3. Do you think there is a role for the federal government in addressing the history of slavery, Jim Crow, and systemic racism in this country?

Due as always on Sunday at noon. Respond to this post in this thread please.  

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