Most Democratic presidential candidates have spoken in favor of H.R. 40, the House resolution to create a commission to study and develop reparation proposals for African Americans. While many in favor of a national reparations program believe it will provide necessary moral clarity to improve race relations in America, polls suggest that a majority of Americans are opposed, and fundamental questions remain about implementation.
On April 27, the Brookings Policy 2020 initiative and the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary policy hosted an online discussion with William “Sandy” Darity and Kirsten Mullen on their new book, “From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century” (University of North Carolina Press). Introductory remarks were provided by Susan Neiman, who shared a historical perspective on Germany’s reparations program in the aftermath of World War II.
After their discussion, the speakers answered audience questions.
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