Resolved: The United States Federal Government ought to pay reparations to African Americans.
The starting point for this topic is an article by Ta-Nehisi Coates that appeared in The Atlantic last summer.
He wrote several articles afterwards to help explain and document his position.
Responses against Coates position were to be expected. That they came from conservative sources was also to be expected. Coates response is included.
If you’re not acquainted with The National Review, you should be; at least know where on the Liberal-Conservative spectrum it falls. Frum’s location on that spectrum is likely indicated by his former position. Does that matter to the points they raise in opposition?
Worth knowing on this topic is WIlliam Darity, a professor at Duke University.
Many others wrote about the issue after the Coates article appeared.
Legislation has been introduced on the issue.
Coates followed up on the topic after Ferguson.
The most recent article (8-21; the topic was announced 8-15) to tackle the question has a most provocative headline. Drop this one on your US History or Government teacher.
A video of Martin Luther King, Jr. making the case – “…we are coming to get our check.” the second link explains the context of the video.
An interesting topic with which to start the season. I have some regrets that I won’t get to judge any rounds on the topic; our novice tournaments are in October, and are judged by varsity team members. These articles should educate the varsity judges about what they’re going to hear, and should give novices plenty of material around which to construct a case.