Ta-Nehisi Coates on Mitch McConnell’s reparations denial and selective memory of American history

In a recent article for The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s rejection of reparations for slavery and his selective memory of American history. Coates argues that McConnell’s dismissal of reparations as unnecessary ignores the ongoing impact of slavery and systemic racism in America. He also points out that McConnell’s suggestion that the election of Barack Obama as president was a form of reparations is misguided, as it fails to acknowledge the centuries of oppression and discrimination faced by black Americans. Coates urges Americans to confront the uncomfortable truths of their country’s past and work towards reparative justice for black Americans.