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Ahead Of House Panel Hearing, We Discuss The History Of The Slavery Reparations Movement

Actor Danny Glover speaks during the
Actor Danny Glover speaks during the "Reparations For Slavery And the Genocide Of Native Peoples" presentation at The Organization of American States on March 29, 2016 in Washington DC.
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On Wednesday, a House Judiciary Committee will be holding hearings for a bill that would create a commission to study how slavery impacted its descendants, as well as possibilities for redress, including compensation.

The idea of slavery reparations is not new, but it picked up steam in 2014, when Ta-Nehisi Coates made his case for it in The Atlantic. It has since become a topic of discussion for 2020 Democratic candidates, and several, including Warren and Harris, have signaled their support.

But how would reparations be defined, who would qualify and what would be the logistics?

If you’re African American, what do you think about slavery reparations? What kind of compensation would be appropriate? Or do you think it is needed and practically achievable? Weigh in at 866-893-5722.

With guest host Kyle Stokes


Patricia Cohen, reporter covering the national economy for the New York Times; her recent piece is “What Reparations for Slavery Might Look Like in 2019

Keith Claybrook, assistant professor of Africana Studies at California State University Long Beach, where his areas of expertise includes the history of the African American reparations movement

William Darity, a professor of public policy at Duke University, where one of his areas of expertise is the economics of reparations