Should Christians Support Reparations for African-Americans?
First, I just want to say thank you Ta-Nehisi Coates, for all of the work he's doing and, I appreciate his transparency as well. Walking through his logic and historical data shows how people can change their view when presented with facts. I am a big ole fan of his work. I truly believe his work is some of the best writing about America in a long time.
Most people are woefully ignorant about American history, believing they have not received the benefits of racist policies that extend far beyond slavery and Jim Crow, but have their roots in the insidious ideology of white supremacy. I believe, Ta-Nehisi Coates almost single handed reignited the reparations conversation in this country with his "The Case for Reparations": An Intellectual Autopsy blog piece. By making the case that black social peril and inequality in the United States of America is mostly the result of the legacy of white supremacy and African enslavement, Coates has effectively initiated a new debate in public discourse about the virtues and vices of reparations. Among the many insightful aspects of Coates' arguments is his assertion that African enslavement and white supremacy were in part substantiated and justified on Christian theological grounds.
Do you as a Christian agree that the contemporary Christian church has contributed to our prejudice and racial history?