The case for reparations for Black Americans

Zacariah Randall, 4, dances to the music near one of the entertainment stages at the Clarissa Street Reunion at Corn Hill on Saturday afternoon in Rochester. The celebration that stretched down the neighborhood that was an early center of Rochester's African-American culture had three different stages of entertainment, food and vendors and went into the evening. (08/15/2009 - staff photo by Andrea Morales - Democrat and Chronicle)Clarissa Street Reunion

Is it time to pay reparations to the descendants of enslaved Black Americans? That’s the topic of a new Big Ideas paper from the Brookings Policy 2020 initiative, and the authors—Rashawn Ray and Andre Perry—are on the show to discuss it.

Ray is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings and also an associate professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, where he serves as executive director of the Lab for Applied Social Science Research. Perry is a fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and a scholar in residence at American University. He is also author of the just released book from Brookings Institution Press titled, Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities.

See also: “I Have Dream,” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Subscribe to Brookings podcasts on iTunes, send feedback email to [email protected], and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

The Brookings Cafeteria is part of the Brookings Podcast Network.