LIU announced this week the winners of the 2014 George Polk Awards, and among the roster of fantastic writers to win this year’s award is Ta-Nehisi Coates. I’ll admit it–I haven’t read all of the winners’ work on this list (though I plan to), but I did read Coates’s essay,“The Case for Reparations,” in The Atlantic when it was published last June. And I am profoundly happy that the piece, and Coates, is getting recognized. “The Case for Reparations” is an exemplary research essay, and asks its readers to confront the lengthy history of discrimination and prejudice against black Americans by way of considering that reparations be paid as a moral debt due. Whether you agree or not with Coates’s argument, he takes a strong stand and supports it with equally strong evidence which demands, at the minimum, consideration.
Ta-Nehisi Coates among the George Polk Award Winners for “The Case for Reparations”