Clip: Ta-Nehisi Coates: Reparations Are Not About What White People Owe Black People

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Bill describes journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new article in The Atlantic about the legacy of racism and slavery as “must reading for every American.” In a recent conversation, Bill spoke with Coates about The Case for Reparations and asked him what exactly he is asking whites to do when examining our history of slavery and discrimination.

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Coates tells Bill that living with the sins of our past is something that affects all Americans, including himself. “I think part of the problem is when we talk about this is situation of ‘what do white people owe to black people?’ And that ain’t really it. It’s what the United States, first of all, owes African-Americans, but not far behind that, what it owes itself… We’re all part of this. Whatever solutions that eventually come to, will come out of my tax dollars, too, I assure you.”

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