Reparations: Still an Important Issue

2020 Presidential Election, Reparations

Reparations are an often discussed topic when it comes to race-relations within the United States. It has recently sprung up again in lieu of the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
Reparations have remained a contentious issue for almost 150 years. There is an argument to be made for those seeking compensation for the lives and labor lost to the centuries-long slave trade. Compensation is also sought after due to the after-effects of American slavery, which still occur to this day.
The political majority has remained with White Americans, and they’ve aimed to keep to the status quo. They have sought to retain the so-called “benefits” that have occurred for them due to slavery and segregation. The majority have often cited that slavery occurred a long time ago and no longer has relevance in today’s world.
The present situation of American politics has made the issue more difficult to discuss than ever before.
However, leading Democratic representations like Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker have all mentioned policy points that could be related to the concept of reparations.
Recently, Nancy Pelosi commented on supporting a commission to explore the possibilities of reparations for slavery.
Another presidential candidate, Mayor of San Antonio Julian Castro, stated his support for slavery reparations.
Much of the current talk has been the result of an excellent essay by famed author Ta-Nehisi Coates. In an essay penned for the Atlantic, Coates demanded that reparations be discussed again.
It is difficult to come up with a moral argument against the concept of reparations. Most not in favor of the issue cite the progress the country has made since the abolishment of slavery.
However, many insist that this is not enough. Various members of the white majority feel that the nationally sanctioned exploitation of African-Americans which led to a surplus of wealth for many individuals exists outside the contemporary moral universe. To read more on this important issue, check out the original from Bloomberg here.

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