Monday, April 13, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Yawkey Center, The Murray Room
The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The legacy of racism in America is tremendous. Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. It all adds up, and Ta-Nehisi Coates major Atlantic cover story “The Case for Reparations” reignited the long-dormant national conversation of just how to repay African Americans for a system of institutional racism that’s robbed them of wealth and success for generations. Based on his article, Coates plainly lays out this painful history but also an actual plan to repair, and correct, some of the damage done. It’s not simply a matter of financial compensation—though that’s part of it. With eloquence and conviction, Coates explains that openly admitting to, and apologizing for, the injustice is the only hope of moving forward to a unified future. As he reminds us, powerfully: “Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.”