“What I’m talking about is more than recompense for past injustices—more than a handout, a payoff, hush money, or a reluctant bribe. What I’m talking about is a national reckoning that would lead to spiritual renewal. . . . Reparations would mean a revolution of American consciousness, a reconciling of our self-image as the great democratizer with the facts of our history.”
—Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Case for Reparations
Stunning words from Mr. Coates! Finally, white power and white privilege accustomed to the old, distinctly American adage “money talks” is challenged to the crux of what African-Americans want. They don’t want handouts, payoffs, hush money, or bribes. They want white America to do a conscience check and transform the inner soul that makes us racist and bigoted. What a challenge! Can we do it?