The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Peter Haas, 2016 PEP Fellow, is featured as a guest columnist to discuss The ‘thorny issues’ of enacting reparations to descendants of American slaves

The political science professor affirms the “strong ethical case” for reparations to descendants of American slaves given the enduring and pernicious multi-generational effects of slavery. “Helping a large number of disenfranchised citizens from poverty would benefit American democracy and also stimulate the economy” he states. However, issues remain for those committees responsible for reparations including limited budgetary resources for municipalities. “Transparent measures are necessary to determine who is to receive reparations and how much.” Read more here.

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