The legacies of slavery and other forms of discrimination, such as domestic terrorism in the post-Civil War South and redlining, have disadvantaged African-Americans in American society for generations. They have led to lower household wealth, lower educational attainment, and more damage to the African-American community. Reparations are the only way to right this historic wrong.
Reparations are unrealistic, incredibly politically divisive, and difficult to target properly. The basic question of who should be eligible for reparations has so many possible answers, it’s nearly impossible to be sure who should actually be eligible. This close to an election year, this legislation is a cynical attempt to win African-American votes.