TOWARDS EQUITY: A REPARATIONS ROADMAP FOR BLACK AMERICANS IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM

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McClung, Silas
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2024-05
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University of the South , American Studies Department , Sewanee Senior Honors Theses 2024 , United States , Equity , Black Americans
Abstract
This paper explores reparations efforts for and by Black Americans today, beginning with the historical legacy of slavery and racism in the United States. An examination of the roots and evolution of slavery in America reveals that a case can be made for reparations. Despite these unjust legacies, missed opportunities to address the wrongs done to Black Americans and staunch opposition to reparations haunt contemporary discourse. Yet, reparations measures to make amends for past and present injustices and revive a broken relationship between Black Americans and America have exploded in the 21st century, creating a unique opportunity to develop a roadmap toward equity. Thus, this paper offers an inquiry into how various American communities have successfully advocated for reparation rights under international human rights law, aiming to bridge the local with the global in an increasingly interconnected world.
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