Racism

'Making amends': Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates makes case for slavery reparations before Congress

'Making amends': Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates makes case for slavery reparations before Congress

The debate over reparations for descendants of slaves catapulted Wednesday from the campaign trail to Congress with an impassioned plea from actor Danny Glover, Baltimore native and author Ta-Nehisi Coates and others for lawmakers to address compensation for America's blighted heritage of racism and Jim Crow laws.

Glover, who told a House Judiciary panel that his great-grandfather was enslaved, called a national reparations policy "a moral, democratic and economic imperative."

Coates, who drew new attention to the issue with his 2014 essay, "

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