Category Archives: Slavery

Ta- Nehisi Coates responds to Mitch McConnell on reparations

“It’s not a good idea.”  Asked where he stood on reparations in response to an upcoming hearing, Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate Majority Leader, said, “I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea.”  When asked by a reporter about reparations for the descendants of African slaves, he said, “We tried.”  A civil war, civil rights legislation and the election of the nation’s first African American president, Mr. Barack Obama, that should make us about even, right?  First forty acres and to this was added a mule, but then none of that happened.

Restitution for the brutalities suffered and the benefits of their free and forced labor has never been made.  No amount of time will change that.

Author Ta- Nehisi Coates was at that hearing and had this to say:

Oppression as History

END_IT_logo_reverseThere are persons who think that slavery is a distant memory, an ugly part of world history that need not be looked again and certainly not talked about.  It is easy to place a record of oppression in a book and close it.  It is better to open our eyes and see the stories of oppression that are among us.

You don’t have to blink before you realize that oppression is not history.  It is always present and among us.  I saw this story when I opened my web browser of Burmese adults as well as children being sold into slavery and forced to work in factories.  Be careful not to lick your fingers as there are some popular restaurants that benefit from it.  To read the full story, click here.