Slavery Reparations

Feb 18, 2020

The debate for reparations for African Americans and the descendants of slaves is one that has persisted since the official end of slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

Proponents for reparations believe that the families of those slaves are still owed for the years of unpaid labor, as well as the discrimination after slavery that had a direct impact on their ability to accumulate things such as wealth and education.

Those who are against reparations, however, believe that no one alive now should be held responsible for slavery and that it may be unethical.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: understanding the arguments for reparations for slavery and whether or not they are achievable.


  • Hasan Kwame Jeffries, associate professor, Ohio State University department of history
  • William Darity Jr., professor of public policy, Duke University
  • Tony Bogues,¬†director, Brown University's Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice

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