In The Case for Reparations the author creates a powerful argument concerning the reparations of African American for terrifying injustices. Slavery being the main point of view is deeply discussed. Racist housing policies and Northern Violence are also other matters brought out by the author. Coates argues that payment of this moral debt does not only concern justice; it encompasses several factors. The author further claims that the act of purification will aid in making Americans face some spiritual renewal. The contradictory article surveys of the destructive acts that were acted upon the blacks such as unjust force, theft and all manners of fraud. This essay will mainly focus on the authors argument for reparations.
In this matter, we basically have two problems as a reader; the first is when you think of the term reparations, one often thinks that Coates is talking about people who have already succumbed. Unfortunately, there are people who are still alive who were disadvantaged and incurred injuries as a result of gaining the freedom for blacks, the second problem is that people assume that when this matter is not talked about it will fade away. Apparently, this is the opposite. When the issue of black violation is not discussed, it continues piling up, and this compilation can lead to total damage. Coates explains that America would not have prospered without the backs of the black individuals in the state, not only in wealth but also on matters of policies and also the safety social net. All the mentioned would not be possible without the aid the compromises created by black railroad groups or with white supremacists (Fullinwider 5).
As a matter of fact, justice should be subdued, and every person should be offered a second compensation that is the first harms the second. Coates argues that any compensations should place victims in better positions that they would be in if the injustice had not emerged. I completely disagree with the author that the compensation given to victimized blacks should be enormous; this amount cannot be cleared since the number of people involved in slavery was too big. The people who went through it at first hand cannot express it at the moment since they have succumbed. However, their families still live on. The compensatory principle is hard to be implemented for the blacks who are still suffering in America. The implications brought about by slaver drew back so many people who were mistreated and beaten by white masters. I disagree that it would involve trying to make the situation indifferent between; living with slavery together with oppression and compensation and surviving with either.
It is quite unclear whether if it would be a wise idea of the latter scenario involving their living in America. A large difference between opportunity and wealth can rest on whether these individuals should live the world without the thoughts of racism oppression. The scenario gets trickier when statistics show that 25% of American blacks are mostly white. It is apparent that blacks cannot scrap the fact that a big percentage of their ancestors are white. The actual world reveals a situation in which blacks cannot exist on their own ignoring the fact that they faced oppression. Coates does not present these revelations in his reparations. He decides to heavily rely on the claim that; reparations payments are moral debts and that it acts as a way of acknowledging the whites wrongdoing.
White supremacy is a major issue in America that cannot fade away. Actually, it is hard to imagine living without it since it has been dominating for decades and decades. I disagree that what the Americans need is healing and the banishment of ancestral white guilt. The spiritual renewal would be the only means of making sure that the nation is reckoned to something new. I totally disapprove that reparations are the only means of revolution to the consciousness of Americans. It is not the only way to rebuild and reconcile the self-image of the Americans. I disagree that reparation payments are relevant since it worked in countries such as Germany. In that case, the US government should find other means of compensating Black Americans commonly known as African Americans. The historic injustices can only be scraped off by ensuring that this process is declared and every action is fully justified. The harmed party should first be recognized in order the permit of compensation is well planned. The current Americans who have had incidences of being harmed should also be given compensations. Lastly, the government should consider giving these reparations to current black Americans (Fullinwider 16). An equal clause should also be offered so that black Americans can feel that they gain their freedom fully without white supremacists being on their necks; there