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Best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates singled out Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in testimony to Congress on Wednesday, has the Problem with McConnell’s stance on reparations for slavery.
“Yesterday, when I was asked, Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, offered a familiar answer: America should not be held liable for something that happened 150 years ago, because none of us are currently on life support, who is responsible,” Coates.
Coates cited pensions for family members of civil war veterans as a precedent for reparations, and said that America needs to function as a collective unit, even if the mention of the distant past.
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“This is a refutation of a strange theory of governance, the American accounts are somehow tied to him through the lives of generations to come. But also in this century, the United States, said the payment of pensions to the heirs of the civil war-soldiers,” Coates. “We hold ourselves to contracts that originate from around 200 years despite no one alive who signed such contracts. Many of us would like to be able to be taxed, for the things that we are solely and personally responsible for. But we are American citizens, and thus a collective undertaking, far beyond our personal reach.”
Coates is also claimed that slavery is what made America an economic superpower on the world stage, and accused McConnell of shirking his duties as head of government.
“If it [slavery] ended in this country could be extended to its hollow principles-life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all, regardless of the color. But America had other principles. And so for a century after the civil war, black people were the subject of a relentless campaign of terror,” he said. “A campaign that extends the life-time of Majority leader McConnell.”
“It is tempting to divorce this modern day campaign of terror, plunder-from enslavement. But the logic of the enslavement of white superiority, respect no such boundaries. And the guard of the house of bondage, was full of delight, and begat many heirs,” said Coates, who noted that McConnell was born during the Jim Crow era, and more understanding and empathetic to the plight of the Afro-Americans should be.
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“[McConnell] was alive to witness cleptocracy go in his native Alabama and a regime on election theft. Majority Leader McConnell, citizens cited legislation yesterday, as well he should-because he was alive to witness the harassment, jailing, and the betrayal of those responsible for the legislation, said from a government that swore to protect you,” Coates.
“He lived for the redlining of Chicago and the plunder of the black homeowners of around 4 billion US dollars. Victims of the theft are very much alive today. I’m sure you would like to have a word with the majority leader. What you need to know what it needs to know of this Committee, is that, while the emancipation of the dead-bolted door against the bandits of America, Jim Crow wedged open the window wide.”
Coates concluded by saying that the Americans should be committed to the totality of its history and remain at the mercy of the past.
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“That’s the thing about Sen. McConnell ‘s’ something.’ It was 150 years ago. And it was now. The typical black family in this country has a tenth of the wealth of the typical white family. Black women in child-bed die four times the rate of white women,” he explained.
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“The question of reparations is a reparation and direct reparation, but it is also a question of citizenship. In HR-40, the body has a chance to be both good on his 2009 apology for the enslavement and reject fair-weather-patriotism — so to say that the nation-both your deposits and your withdrawals. If Thomas Jefferson questions, so Sally Hemmings works. If D-day Affairs, so also, the black Wall Street. If Valley Forge Affairs does as Fort Pillow. Because the question is not whether we are bound to be something from our past, but whether we are brave enough to be bound to the whole of them.”
Fox News reached McConnell’s office for further comment and addressed the Senate Minority Leader Tuesday press conference, where he put his problems with the reparations.
“I don’t think it is reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, for none of us are currently living, be responsible, be a good idea,” he said.