There Is No Middle Ground on Reparations

Americans who oppose reparations care more about responding to political expediency than about the emergency of inequality

The Atlantic
Jun 19 · 6 min read
Author Ta-Nehisi Coates testifies about reparations for the descendants of slaves during a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, at the Capitol in Washington on June 19, 2019. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

By Ibram X. Kendi

On December 1, 1862 — a month before he issued the Emancipation Proclamation — President Abraham Lincoln wrote to Congress. He was not yet the Great…

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