Reparations for Black Americans: Radical or Routine?


Associated Program:
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Cornell William Brooks
Linda Bilmes
Deborah D. Douglas

The United States government has a long history of providing compensation to Americans who have experienced harm. Why then are reparations to Black Americans for slavery-related and racial harms considered so controversial? In a groundbreaking study, Professor Linda J. Bilmes (AB '80 MBA '84) and Professor Cornell William Brooks present how government-provided reparations are the norm, and argue that the U.S government has both a fiscal and moral responsibility to compensate Black Americans for centuries of interlocking injustices.  
Join us on Friday, February 18 at 4:00 PM ET in the JFK Jr. Forum for a presentation and discussion with Professor Linda J. Bilmes and Professor Cornell William Brooks, moderated by Deborah D. Douglas, Co-editor in Chief at The Emancipator.

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