The Case For Reparations, By Julia Craven Essay

981 Words Nov 15th, 2016 4 Pages
One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” (George Balch, “The Pledge of Allegiance”) is a line read with a hand proudly placed on one 's heart. As a child in elementary school each morning we had to pledge our allegiance to the flag with those very words. As an adult, I see now those words were said and are continually said with no merit or truth to stand behind it. We are not indivisible, there is no liberty, and there is not justice for all because black America is left out when the term “all” is used. Analyzing Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “The Case for Reparations”, Julia Craven’s “We Absolutely Could Give Reparations To Black People. Here’s How”, and Valerie Strauss’ “From Ferguson to Baltimore: The consequences of government-sponsored segregation” I will demonstrate how the anthem for this country does not apply to African Americans.
Being indivisible is defined as the inability to be divided or separated. Black america can be characterized as separated because of the limitations they face compared to white america. In “The Case for Reparations”, Coates talks about how Congress implemented The FHA and redlining system, which were both tactics to keep black people living in undesirable neighborhoods and away from whites. This is because “black people were viewed as a contagion” (Coates 8). With the government and other half of america thinking African Americans were like the Plague, white america distanced themselves and lived in affordable housing. Living the…

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