Why Does Author Ta-Nehisi Coates Believe Harvard Should Pay Reparations For Slavery?

If you aren’t familiar with Howard Alumni, Ta-Nehisi Coates, he is a journalist and educator who writes about cultural, social and political issues, particularly as they regard African-Americans. His award-winning book “Between The World And Me”, is also featured in our Black Collegiate Book Club. It is a really good read that covers the realities of being black in America.

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So why is this brother on a conference stage at Harvard University telling a group of students that their school should pay reparations for its ties to slavery? Well, the title of the conference was  “Universities and Slavery: Bound By History”  for one. A series created by the University to confront its dark ties and history with enslavement, reports The Harvard Crimson.

“I think every single one of these universities needs to make reparations,” Coates said. “I don’t know how you conduct research that shows that your very existence is rooted in a great crime, and just say well, shrug — and maybe at best say ‘I’m sorry’ — and you walk away.”

He went on to insist that universities could not walk away from the discussion, no matter how uncomfortable it might be.

“I think you need to use the language of reparation,” he said. “I think it’s very, very important to actually say that word, to acknowledge that something was done in these institutions.”

Read Also: Rutgers University Attempts To Distance Slavery Ties By Renaming Buildings After Slaves

Originally Cited At TheGrio.com

No one has paid reparations for its’ ties to slavery should universities and institutions be the first?

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