The Case For Reparations By Ta-Nehisi Coatess

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Summary Reading The Case for Reparations was not a basic reading. Although the writing was very straight forward the content was profound. The author was able to illustrate different aspects that one endured growing up as an African American in America. The writing began by explaining how the environment of America, especially the South was more of a kleptocracy. African Americans or blacks as they were referred to during this era, viewed their migration in similar fashion as their runagate ancestors. Although the writing displays different aspects of events that took place, the writing is centered by a depiction of a particular family and the oldest son of the family, Clyde Ross. As the writing continued on I was able to gather information …show more content…
Ta-Nehisi Coates wanted the readers to visualize the incidents that commonly occurred through history and realize how America left African American families with Slavery scars. He is able to vividly describe the relentless hardship that many had to endure over years of non government protection while in slavery. Lastly through writing he was able to depict the African Americans’ race financial hardship through the years till now. That although their are some who families in the bracket of middle class or upper class they still have economic struggle or injuries they face, even being fully accepted into the class which they are rightfully in based on finical …show more content…
Although one is taught the injustice of racism unless one researches they are not able to have a vivid description of events from history. In my final year of undergraduate I was able to explore white privilege in depth and this article brought me to some of the class discussions. As a race we have to understand that although a lot of change has come over the years we are still not considered equal on the same playing field. An African American man and a Caucasian man may work the same job, hold the same income, yet not only will society perceive them differently, they will live their lives in a completely different manner. From the way their finances are divided, the neighborhood one chooses to live in, even the invites to some social events. What saddened me as the reader was to truly understand how America was built on lies in a sense. When I write this statement I mean, how much African Americans did with their bare hands for America to grow and gain yet they receive little to no recognition. Th know that African Americans might have been born into better opportunity than others or their alike, yet they were stripped of any advantages or wealth they might have had or ben able to maintain. Caucasians did not want to view African Americans as their equal and even today as their superior. I then was able to relate the reading to the visuals in 12 years a Slave. When Solomon Northup

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