Reparations for Black Americans: Background information when reading White Too Long

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White Too Long

The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity

by Robert P. Jones

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White Too Long by Robert P. Jones
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Reparations for Black Americans

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2020 Juneteenth reparations rally In White Too Long, Robert P. Jones makes clear that his view of racial justice includes a "tangible economic accounting" of the ways in which churches have benefited from slavery and white supremacy, as well as restitution to the Black community. In doing so, Jones joins a large chorus of activists, politicians and others calling for reparations for the enslavement and continued oppression of Black Americans. That chorus has been larger and louder since reparations have become part of the Black Lives Matter movement platform and especially since the killing of George Floyd in May 2020.

Those in favor of reparations argue that Black Americans have suffered from racist policies and practices, from slavery through to today, that have cumulatively created a significant, measurable economic disadvantage. In a 2014 Atlantic essay, "The Case for Reparations," Ta-Nehisi Coates details the economic impacts of two centuries of racism in America, from the stolen labor of slaves, to the ...

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