Presumably in an attempt at motivating black voters in anticipation of the midterm elections, I’ve seen several articles lately about reparations for slavery. I’m not completely unsympathetic with the idea but I think it’s an entirely political notion that founders in practice.
In order to justify it, you’d need to come up with a good explanation for why a Korean immigrant who arrived in this country in 1990 should pay reparations to a Ghanan immigrant who arrived in this country in 1990. I can see an argument for descendants of slave owners or companies that benefited directly from slavery paying reparations to the descendants of slaves. But most white Americans aren’t the descendants of slave owners, most of today’s companies didn’t benefit from slavery, and many blacks aren’t descended from American slaves. The present incumbent for one.
The past is a bucket of ashes.