- One. Read it all the way through before you comment (anywhere) on it. It's a powerful piece of writing, but mostly a history piece. Take a look at the blog posts and articles linked in it.
- Two. The Atlantic should get some sort of award for the design of the article. In the dead tree version and especially the online version. The online version is a great demonstration of the sort of enhancements you can do online. Maps, links to blogs, links to earlier articles on the same topic. It really enriches the experience.
- Three. James Fallows adds an interesting international perspective, I supect other Atlantic writers will chime in too.
TThis blog post describes some of the background. People like me, who've been reading his work for a few years know most of the history he discusses, but there's lots of bits and pieces of background that need to be thought about. TNC, quoting another author:
In 1860, slaves represented about 16 percent of the total household assets—that is, all the wealth—in the entire country, which in today’s terms is a stunning $10 trillion.So that's $10,000,000,000,000 stolen from african americans (via their enslavement) and transferred to the rest of the country. Call it a floor figure for what's owed. So, clearly, "reparations" won't be cash.
Reparations: The making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged.
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