The Atlantic magazine created a major media and political buzz when its cover announced an argument one rarely sees in mainstream media: The Case for Reparations. Yes, that’s right – reparations for black people in America. Senior Editor Ta-Nehisi Coates’ exhaustively researched essay makes a fairly straightforward and basic point:
In 1986 Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid’s Tale. The novel portrays a dystopian vision of the U.S. in the “near future”, a country transformed by religious extremists into a totalitarian theocracy, renamed the Republic of Gilead. It’s organizing principle – One Nation, Under One God. The new regime moves quickly to consolidate its power and reorganize society along a hierarchical, exclusively Christian regime of Old Testament-inspired social and religious conservatism.