Should reparations be paid to African-Americans?

In late 2016, Georgetown University made headlines for being one of the first major American universities to publically acknowledge and apologize for the debt its institution owes to slavery. Georgetown College owned slave plantations in Maryland during its founding years and sold over two hundred slaves to pay off a massive debt in 1838. This action spurred a conversation that comes up again and again throughout history: what, if anything, are African-American owed for the era of slavery?


One Word or Less: Reparations to Black Americans?

Who Gains And Who's Left Out Of Georgetown's Reparations Plan

Ta-Nehisi Coates On Reparations: 'We're Going To Be In For A Fight'

Additional resources to think about

Georgetown University tries to make amends for profiting from slavery
Georgetown University is taking an unprecedented step to respond to and apologize for its ties to slavery. The university will give special preference to applicants who are descendants of Georgetown’s slaves, plans to rename a building in honor of one of the slaves and will create an institute to study slavery.

Shackled Legacy
History shows slavery helped build many U.S. colleges and universities.

Ta-Nehisi Coates Makes the Case For Reparations
WNPR's John Dankosky spoke with Ta-Nehisi Coates at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford while Coates was in town to receive the 2015 Stowe Prize for writing to advance social justice. 


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