04.15.2019

People are again talking about slavery reparations. But it's a complex and thorny issue

People are again talking about slavery reparations. But it's a complex and thorny issue

If you feel like you're hearing more about slavery reparations these days, it's not your imagination.

Compensating the descendants of American slaves is suddenly a hot topic on the campaign trail, with presidential candidates voicing support for slavery reparations. New proposals also seek financial redress for decades of legalized segregation and discrimination against African-Americans in employment, housing, health and education.
 
But why now? And just how would reparations, focused specifically on slavery, work?
 
Here's what you need to know about this most controversial of subjects.
 
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