America Is Coming to Terms with Its Racial Past—Let’s Look Ahead Instead We don’t need a “national conversation.” We have that every day. We need reading programs, no War on Drugs, and other concrete solutions.
However, in this month’s Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates revives the issue. There is little point in rehashing the rather easy arguments against the old-school notion of reparations in the form of cash payments to black people. Coates chronicles and pays his respects to this kind of proposal but seems to feel that they would be mere genuflection. He wants “more than a handout, a payoff, hush money, or a reluctant bribe.”
Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/22/america-is-coming-to-terms-with-its-racial-past-let-s-look-ahead-instead.html