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

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Why you should care

Because debts come due. 

“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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