The Debt

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Review of The Debt (by Randall Robinson) Randall Robinson, author of the Debt, over-reaches his duty as an African-American in what most would call a long overdue appeal for justice. It would seem at first that Robinson’s petition for reparations was a plight for the welfare of his bank account. However, Robinson’s well structured thesis and supporting arguments more than adequately justify and make clear what is actually a plea for the repair of damage to the black class. Robinson’s call for reparations is a perfect expository to the problem that has for so long been in need of just that - repair. It is apparent in reading that Robinson used his time as the founder and president of TransAfrica, a lobbying organization dedicated to influencing U.S. policy toward Africa and the Caribbean, effectively. There are traces of realism and personal recounting that are noticeably a part of the author’s construction. There is a struggle of the past that is revisited in the words and pages of the writers book. Although the work closes as a liquid proposal for reparations, it definitely develops as a solid-based triumph to the fight to overcome racism. That is, Robinson is so clear and concise with his evidences to the Continue...


The piece is an argument for the restoration of the rich history that slavery and segregation severed. " Robinson makes excellent use of facts and figures to expose widespread and far reaching inequalities between African-Americans and Whites. His closing argument encompasses the whole of the American nation - all people. It is at this point that the meaning of Robinson's message comes to life. Robinson convicts America and white Americans of past wrongs and then continues to sentence them. That is the idea that only by reclaiming their lost past and proud heritage can blacks lay the foundation for their future. Robinson pleads with the American nation to educate it's people. Among Robinson's statements for support of the blacks is a direct reference to other groups receiving compensation for what he would consider nominal acts of intolerance, compared to the long span of unfair and inhumane treatment to blacks. Robinson's purpose is concretely laid out . Robinson explicitly denotes that such equal opportunities should be those that would ensure the social and economic success of all citizens. With adequate support of his statements and conclusions, the writer is able to draw upon his readers to concur with him. This could be viewed as a weakness to Robinson's message. As a writer, Robinson is excellent in vividly bringing to life the mood of living as an African-American in society. His message, in its entirety is summed in this idea.