Who Built America? : A Case For Reparations

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Who Built America? Taj has put to gather a beautiful written article titled a case for reparations. With a combination between real life testimony’s and facts, Taj has constructed an argument for a case for reparations. With the help from former slave’s and people that existed back during the time of slavery and oppression, Mr.Cotes has painted a picture of why blacks should get some form of reparations. Although Mr.Cotes wasn’t born into slavery is apparent that he has a direct and strong opinion about the Subject. Mr. Cotes started his argument with a few quotes form the bible and a philosopher named John Locke, who was one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and was known as the "Father of Classical Liberalism. Then Mr.Cotes follows that argument with a personal testimony from a man named Clyde Ross who endured oppression and discrimination during his life time. Mr. Cotes uses Clyde’s experiences to explain to Mr. Cote’s readers about the injustices that blacks faced in the housing market. Mr. Cotes uses Chicago as an example of how blacks were being targeted by contractors which ultimately made them rich while making the black community poor. Mr. Cotes stated that, “black families making $100,000 typically live in the kinds of neighborhoods inhabited by white families making $30,000”. Mr. Cotes then transitions into introducing reparations with an example from a former slave that was paid reparations for her services. Mr. Cotes uses this testimony to
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