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Ta-Nehisi Coates Assails Mitch McConnell at Raucous Reparations Hearing

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by SummerMadness, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. SummerMadness

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    Ta-Nehisi Coates Assails Mitch McConnell at Raucous Reparations Hearing
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  2. thecolorsblend

    thecolorsblend If God is your Father, who is your Mother?

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    If I honestly thought that paying reparations would result in an end to all this grievance-based racial politicking, I'd wholeheartedly support reparations.

    So, needless to say, I don't support reparations.
     
  3. SummerMadness

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    Ta-Nehisi Coates specified government policies and the direct victims of those racist polices, those people are still alive, why do they not deserve recompense?
     
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  5. iluvatar5150

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    I don't know if anybody really knows yet, though I wouldn't mind seeing a ton of investment in rebuilding urban black communities. You could tackle reparations, infrastructure, crime, blight, and education in one fell swoop.
     
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  6. thecolorsblend

    thecolorsblend If God is your Father, who is your Mother?

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    Because this entire phony mess is about reparations for slavery so Coates probably shouldn't change the subject, don't you think?
     
  7. iluvatar5150

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    It's not changing the subject.
     
  8. thecolorsblend

    thecolorsblend If God is your Father, who is your Mother?

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    The Subject: Slavery reparations
    What Coates Wants To Talk About: "Mr. Coates responded by ticking off a list of government-sponsored discriminatory policies". Iow, something that's not slavery.

    The "legacy of slavery", lol, Coates is changing the subject.
     
  9. iluvatar5150

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    No, he's not changing the subject. You're describing the scope of the hearing as being more narrow than it actually was. Here's the bill in question:

    Text - H.R.40 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act

    It wasn't only about slavery (nor should it have been).
     
  10. thecolorsblend

    thecolorsblend If God is your Father, who is your Mother?

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    Uh huh.
     
  11. hislegacy

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    I am actually for reparations, but it has to be from the right people to the right people.

    People who can be traced to slave owners pay out to people who can be traced to slaves.
     
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    You're free to disagree on what you think the scope should have been, but it's quite clear from the text that I quoted that you're wrong about what the scope of the hearing actually was.
     
  13. SummerMadness

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    It's okay to be wrong. The topic is not slavery only, as it should not be. The scope of the issue is more than just slavery itself.
     
  14. Hank77

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    I would too. The price on homes and rentals would need to be controlled. It seems that when a area is gentrified for the people who live there the rents and home prices jump above their means.
    There was a issue in my state where the city had allowed a housing development as long has the price on homes were kept within a certain price range. It was all well and good until some first buyers wanted to sell their homes at prices much higher than they should have been. I think it ended up in court because the developer or real estate broker hadn't let the first buyers know about the restrictions.
     
  15. iluvatar5150

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    Depending on what city you're talking about, the increased supply could actually help push market prices down to some degree. Here in Baltimore, for example, certain neighborhoods have gentrified and prices have gone up considerably, while many other neighborhoods are still struggling and others would be better off being leveled entirely. Rebuilding a ton of housing stock would take pressure off the expensive neighborhoods and would remove a bunch of blight.

    Additionally, there's probably a case to be made that high-density affordable housing should be part of a program like this.

    Nice.
     
  16. thecolorsblend

    thecolorsblend If God is your Father, who is your Mother?

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    Uh huh.
     
  17. Sparagmos

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    I’m for that personally but wouldn’t force it on anyone else. Of course, I’m pretty sure all white people today in the U.S. are beneficiaries of slavery.
     
  18. hislegacy

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    How? My friend who just recently became an American citizen. How did he benefit from slavery?
     
  19. Shiloh Raven

    Shiloh Raven "After all this time?" Always.

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    Your last sentence reminded me of this quote: "When Donald Trump says, 'Make America Great Again,' what time period is he talking about? A lot of people overlook that America's history has been built upon injustice against other racial groups, including Native American people." - Vanessa Bowen

    Source: Navajo Artist Mocks Trump With 'Make America Native Again' Hats
     
  20. Hank77

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    I'd say I have benefited from being white but not because of slavery.
     
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