On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, held its first hearing on the topic of reparations since 2007. There were those that spoke favorably for reparations including Ta-Nehisi Coates and Danny Glover, as well as those who oppose it.
Author and Quilette columnist Coleman Hughes, who is anti-reparations, spoke on the topic during the hearing and referred to it as a “moral and political mistake,” according to the Guardian.
“Black people don’t need another apology. We need safer neighborhoods and better schools. We need a less punitive criminal justice system. We need affordable health care. And none of these things can be achieved through reparations for slavery,” he said.
“Reparations by definition are only given to victims, so the moment you give me reparations, you’ve made me into a victim without my consent. Not just that, you’ve made 1/3 of black Americans who poll against reparations into victims without their consent, and black Americans have fought too long for the right to define themselves to be spoken for in such a condescending manner,” he said elsewhere during his speech.
Following his appearance at the hearing, Hughes’ SoundCloud surfaced on social media.
Under his rap moniker Coldman, Hughes has released a few projects, with his latest being 2017’s My Dick Works Just Fine! He also released an EP titled i am a pussy in 2016.
After his SoundCloud appeared on social media, Hughes proceeded to share his My Dick Works Just Fine! project on his own Twitter account.
“For those of you googling (sorry, ‘unearthing’) my publicly-available rap music, I’ll make it easier. My personal favs are ‘Hey,’ ‘Fake,’ & ‘New Sneakers,’ but they’re all gold imho. Enjoy!” he tweeted.
As for Coates, the “Case for Reparations” writer built most of his speech around a quote from Sen. Mitch McConnell. The Republican politician said the following of the hearing: “I don”t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us living are responsible are a good idea.”
Coates called McConnell’s quote a “familiar reply” before speaking in detail about the significance of reparations.
“It is tempting to divorce this modern campaign of terror, of plunder, from enslavement, but the logic of enslavement, of white supremacy, respects no such borders and the guard of bondage was lustful and begat many heirs. Coup d-états and convict leasing. Vagrancy laws and debt peonage. Redlining and racist G.I. bills. Poll taxes and state-sponsored terrorism. We grant that Mr. McConnell was not alive for Appomattox. But he was alive for the electrocution of George Stinney. He was alive for the blinding of Isaac Woodard. He was alive to witness kleptocracy in his native Alabama and a regime premised on electoral theft. Majority Leader McConnell cited civil-rights legislation yesterday, as well he should, because he was alive to witness the harassment, jailing, and betrayal of those responsible for that legislation by a government sworn to protect them. He was alive for the redlining of Chicago and the looting of black homeowners of some $4 billion. Victims of that plunder are very much alive today. I am sure they’d love a word with the majority leader.”
The purpose of the hearing was “to examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice.”
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