The latest outpouring of anger and frustration about centuries of systemic racism has renewed calls for reparations for African Americans.
The legislation calls for a major study of reparations, but anticipates that if enacted, reparations would likely include a formal apology for America’s history of slavery, as well as compensation to descendants of slaves.
William Darity Jr., a professor of public policy and African American studies at Duke University, testified before a House committee in June 2019 about reparations.
“The protests galvanized by George Floyd’s murder have activated a discussion of many measures to promote racial justice including reparations for black American descendants of U.S. slavery,” Darity told PolitiFact.
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