- What kind of reparations is Coates calling for? Are they simply monetary?
- Why does Coates see Germany’s reparations to Israel for the Holocaust as a model for the U.S.? How did that model benefit Israel and the Israelis? How did it benefit Germany and the Germans? How, according to Coates, would such an approach benefit America and Americans, black and white?
- Do you find Coates’ argument for reparations convincing? Why or Why not? Given Americans, preference for procedural solutions, do think it realistic?
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Coates realizes that losses cannot be repaid in monetary terms, but he also believes that just having the discussion would be revealing. He notes that this is what Americans fear, however, since revelations of this kind would reveal an unflattering history and reveal the centrality of exploitation of African Americans to American democracy. Coates brings to mind what a country granting reparations were granted would look like and notes that would it would allow Americans to see themselves for what they truly are and allow for healing.
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The Case for Reparations