The First Demand for Slave Reparations

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his is written for those who argue against reparations for slavery on the grounds that slavery happened oh so very — too — long ago to be a rational idea; for those who contend that no living black people were slaves; who argue that no living white people were slave owners; for people who insist, therefore, that the time to ask for slavery reparations has long since passed. And, anyway, why didn’t the ex-slaves