Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michelle Norris Make the Case for Reparations

Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer, journalist and educator, is also a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics and social issues. His recent piece titled “The Case for Reparations” intricately and provocatively traces the history of racism in the United States from slavery to recent examples of housing discrimination. The much-lauded piece set a single-day traffic record for a magazine article on The Atlantic’s website, and the attention it has garnered has given Coates a greater forum to wrestle with questions of identity – both blackness and whiteness. The event was followed by a talk with Michele Norris.