Ta-Nehisi Coates Just Responded to Mitch McConnell's Questionable Excuse for Opposing Reparations With an Epic History Lesson
Renowned writer of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates, testified for a House Judiciary Subcommittee today in favor of H.R. 40, which would allow research and consideration for various forms of reparations for descendants of slaves in the United States.
Coates's testimony came one day after remarks on reparations from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who made the oft-repeated claim that "none of us currently living are responsible" for slavery. McConnell then cited the election of former President Barack Obama as evidence that reparations are not necessary.
Mitch McConnell Just Claimed That Electing Barack Obama Was a Form of Reparations for Slavery, and People Are Not OK
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) dismissed reparations for descendants of slaves as unnecessary, citing a questionable reason on Tuesday.
McConnell's comments came the day before a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the issue—the first hearing of its kind in over ten years. They also came the day before Juneteenth, which celebrates the anniversary of former slaves in Texas learning of their freedom two years after winning it.
A Fox News Commentator Complained that America Gets 'No Credit' for Ending Slavery and the Internet is Roasting Her
On October 6, the Canadian government announced a provisional agreement with survivors of a Crown-Indigenous Affairs child welfare policy that resulted in an unknown number of illegal removals and adoptions of First Nations children. Nicknamed “the Sixties Scoop,” the policy replaced the mandatory residential boarding school system as a means of forcibly assimilating Indigenous Canadians. Residential boarding school survivors previously settled a class action lawsuit in 2007.
Fighting back tears, Crown-Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett made the announcement. The settlement worth some Can$800 million (US$600 million) puts an end to years of contentious legal action under the direction of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.