Tampa Bay Times

By Amy Sherman

June 23, 2020

The latest outpouring of anger and frustration about centuries of systemic racism has renewed calls for reparations for African Americans.

The legislation calls for a major study of reparations, but anticipates that if enacted, reparations would likely include a formal apology for America’s history of slavery, as well as compensation to descendants of slaves.

William Darity Jr., a professor of public policy and African American studies at Duke University, testified before a House committee in June 2019 about reparations.

“The protests galvanized by George Floyd’s murder have activated a discussion of many measures to promote racial justice including reparations for black American descendants of U.S. slavery,” Darity told PolitiFact.

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