Case For Reparations Analysis

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In the “Case for Reparations”, Coates presents the issue about how black and white people live in the same world but do not inhabit the same cities. By saying this, Coates means that although the two races co-exist in the same world, the way in which they live and prosper is on complete opposite spectrums. Whether it is a job, health, education, or life expectancy white people have had better resources for years now, and have always been affluent over black people in areas such as these. It seems as though what comes naturally for whites are things that blacks have to fight a lot harder for, and the dividing factor in all these situations is always race. Education is one of the most important tools of life yet the US education system is still unequal due to racial diversity. Some black …show more content…

Another factor, as we see actively on the news, is police brutality. It seems that multiple stories are reported on a monthly basis about black, usually men, who have been killed by police. Hence, the black lives matter movement has been especially demanding of America to make changes to the respect and acceptance of black life. When I see the stories in the news about police brutality, this question often comes to mind: Why is it always about the black lives? What about the white people? We are not innocent either by any means, yet there are fewer reports about the criminal activity of white people. The color line, as described by W.E.B Du Bois, has been an existential concept of black and white intersection as two different races. The color line reserved good jobs for white people, but denied blacks the same jobs because they were on the “wrong side” of the color line. Though Du Bois had referred to the color line as a 20th century issue, it is still prevalent in the

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