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Ta-Nehisi Coates gave Mitch McConnell a powerful lesson on reparations - Vox
“For a century after the Civil War, black people were subjected to a relentless campaign of terror,” Coates said. “A campaign that extended well into the lifetime of Majority Leader McConnell.”
“Victims of that plunder are very much alive today”

After describing the vast economy built on the backs of enslaved men and women and the “torture, rape, and child trafficking” they endured, Coates then listed several acts of racism and injustice against African Americans that occurred during McConnell’s youth.

He cited two stories in particular: the 1944 state-ordered execution of 14 year-old George Stinney — who was swiftly convicted (and later posthumously exonerated) for the murder of two white girls — and the severe beating and blinding of Isaac Woodard, a black man arrested and disabled by police officers hours after his honorable discharge from the Army in 1946.

“Majority Leader McConnell cited civil-rights legislation yesterday, as well he should, because he was alive to witness the harassment, jailing, and betrayal of those responsible for that legislation by a government sworn to protect them,” Coates said. “He was alive for the redlining of Chicago and the looting of black homeowners of some $4 billion.”
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4 weeks ago by Quercki
Ta-Nehisi Coates's Testimony to the House on Reparations - The Atlantic
But we are American citizens, and thus bound to a collective enterprise that extends beyond our individual and personal reach. It would seem ridiculous to dispute invocations of the Founders, or the Greatest Generation, on the basis of a lack of membership in either group. We recognize our lineage as a generational trust, as inheritance, and the real dilemma posed by reparations is just that: a dilemma of inheritance. It is impossible to imagine America without the inheritance of slavery.

As historian Ed Baptist has written, enslavement “shaped every crucial aspect of the economy and politics” of America, so that by 1836 more than $600 million, almost half of the economic activity in the United States, derived directly or indirectly from the cotton produced by the million-odd slaves. By the time the enslaved were emancipated, they comprised the largest single asset in America. Three billion in 1860 dollars, more than all the other assets in the country combined.
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4 weeks ago by Quercki
icymi, has a deliciously gay backstory here.

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5 weeks ago by andriak
Donald Trump has done less to destroy democratic norms than Mitch McConnell
The tradition which McConnell is actually upholding is fairly new, but one of which he is a tireless practitioner: The idea that securing power for one’s political party is the single most important goal, to be pursued regardless of cost to, say, institution, country or constituents.
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7 weeks ago by dpb
McConnell boasts about blocking Garland weeks after complaining of obstruction
McConnell’s own record of partisan obstruction is well-documented. Following Scalia’s death in 2016, McConnell ignored hundreds of years of precedent and refused to let the body even consider the nomination of Garland, instead announcing that the next president should get to decide. Garland did not receive a hearing in the Judiciary Committee and was not permitted a confirmation vote.
april 2019 by dpb

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