by Rosa Riley
Originally published: September 21, 2017
The statistics are troubling. People of color are far more likely to suffer from inequity—inequity that can be traced directly to racism, a side effect and the enduring legacy of slavery. The legacy of slavery has insinuated itself into the very fabric of our society via the criminal justice system, housing and education.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, wrote an article titled “The Case for Reparations” that addressed all the ways in which the ideals of slavery and racism have endured in the United States through policy created by the U.S. government. There now exists a prime opportunity for our country to make amends.
The most important thing that the article did was to explain how we got to where we are today—how we moved into segregated neighborhoods, why children of color now go to schools with fewer resources and how our communities were built on inequity.