The concept of repaying African-Americans for generations of slavery began even before the end of the Civil War.
The argument is that generations of enslavement and unpaid labor created an irreparable wealth gap. But how to erase that legacy of unfairness is an open question.
The talk back then was of providing everyone 40 acres and a mule to start a new life. A century and a half later, civil rights activists are still searching for a way to make reparations real.
In Portland, Cameron Whitten leads the local racial social justice nonprofit Brown Hope. Earlier this year, he drew national attention for the organization’s unique approach to redistributing wealth to people of color: the Reparations Power Hour. Check out the full story
By Erica Morrison, OPB