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Commentary: Reparations aren't about money

A commission to study government redress for the atrocities of slavery and Jim Crow - what is popularly referred to as "black reparations" - is the subject of bills introduced in Congress. Most Democratic presidential contenders also have come out in support of HR 40, the House bill, putting the issue on the table for the 2020 election cycle.

For African Americans and the nation as a whole, the question of reparations is the most significant issue in the quest for racial equality since the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1960s. With race relations today severely challenged and getting worse, black reparations can be an opportunity to turn things around - but only if we seize upon this moment with probity

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