Penn Arts and Sciences

The Case for Reparations: Ferguson and Beyond (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

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Co-sponsored by the Center for Africana Studies

IN A TIGHTLY-ARGUED, EXHAUSTIVELY RESEARCHED article in The Atlantic, "The Case for Reparations," acclaimed journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates has argued that the injustices suffered by African Americans, from slavery to discriminatory housing policies,in both the South and the North, have continued to compound to the present day. The resulting segregation and disadvantage have, among other things, shaped the policing of African-American communities, with outcomes such as the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the harsh police response to the protests that followed.  In conversation with Thomas Sugrue, SSPF director and author of Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North, Coates will explore the past and present of racial policies and politics in the U.S., as well as the prospects for achieving true reparations.

TA-NEHISI COATES is an award-winning national correspondent at The Atlantic and Journalist-in-Residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. His article, "The Case for Reparations," published in The Atlantic's June 2014 issue, was a year-and-half-long project looking at how housing policy across the country has historically been used to subjugate African-Americans. Coates was awarded the National Magazine Award in 2013 for opinion writing and critique and was nominated the same year for a National Magazine Award in commentary. He won the Sidney Hillman Prize for opinion and analysis in 2012. He has been the Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at MIT for the last two years and an adjunct at Columbia University. His memoir, The Beautiful Struggle, was published in 2009 and his second book will be coming out later this year.

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