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Sheila Jackson Lee

Reparations should be more than a throwaway campaign pledge

Reparations should be more than a throwaway campaign pledge

For some of us, reparations, a hot topic on the presidential campaign trail, is a new and uncomfortable issue. It raises this question: What does the U.S. owe for the years it benefited from the enslavement of people from Africa and then, through a variety of government-sanctioned practices, subjugated them to the lowest level of a veritable caste system?

Others of us sigh, roll our eyes and say, “Here we go again. How far will we get this time?”

In activist circles, in publications like The Atlantic, in the halls of both academe and Congress, the topic is as perennial as...

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