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Point Taken: Should the U.S. Pay Reparations to Black Americans?

Point Taken: Should the U.S. Pay Reparations to Black Americans?

By Sean Culligan

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

Because debts come due. 

By Sean Culligan

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past,” wrote William Faulkner, in Requiem for a Nun. Though Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation put an end to legal slavery in the United States, there’s little doubt that slavery’s legacy remains: in school segregation, legal and de facto; in redlining in the postwar era and subprime mortgages in the new millennium; in the correlations between race and wealth. 

Are reparations for slavery the answer? On Point Taken this week, OZY co-founder Carlos Watson and his panelists debated the question. Check out the full episode, above. 

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