Should America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations

Raymond Winbush



An in-depth look at the controversial subject of the remittance of reparations to African Americans for slavery and related oppression.  Containing voices of support for reparative measures—as well as counterarguments—the volume of essays, edited by Raymond A. Winbush (currently Research Professor and Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University), will certainly push the reader to wrestle with this important, but still often ignored, issue.  

From the publisher: “Growing interest in reparations for African Americans has prompted a range of responses, from lawsuits against major corporations and a march in Washington to an anti-reparations ad campaign. As a result, the link between slavery and contemporary race relations is more potent and obvious than ever. Grassroots organizers, lawmakers, and distinguished academics have embraced the idea that reparations should be pursued vigorously in the courts and legislature. But others ask, Who should pay? And could reparations help heal the wounds of the past?

This comprehensive collection -- the only of its kind -- gathers together the seminal essays and key participants in the debate. Pro-reparations essays, including contributions by Congressman John Conyers Jr., Christopher Hitchens, and Professor Molefi Asante, are countered with arguments by Shelby Steele, Armstrong Williams, and John McWhorter, among others. Also featured are important documents, such as the First Congressional Reparations Bill of 1867 and the Dakar Declaration of 2001, as well as a new chapter on the current status and future direction of the movement.”

ISBN 9780060083113
List price $14.99
Publisher Harper Paperbacks
Year of publication