Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The unsurprising privilege of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jamelle Bouie

At Reparations should be paid to black Americans, Jamelle Bouie said, "And ultimately, as Coates writes, the money isn’t important. What’s critical is that we reckon with our national crimes against black Americans, to say nothing of Native Americans and other minority groups."

You could only write that if you cared more about "privilege" than poverty. About 47 million Americans are poor, and 11 million of those are black. To them, reparations would matter enormously. And if anyone was talking about reparations for capitalism, it would also matter to the three-fourths of the poor who are white.

Martin Luther King's solution still applies: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King -- Final Advice.