How Ready Is America For Reparations?

Opinions are split depending on the race, a poll proves.

The results of the Exclusive Point Taken-Marist Poll arranged in connection with the PBS debate series “Point Taken” were released this Wednesday. The poll was conducted by telephone on April 27-28 and May 2-4 and involved 1,221 people of the age of 18 and older.

Actually the numbers were no surprise to anyone: the white majority (81%) once again expressed its utter negation of America’s racist past and refused to accept the notion of paying reparations to the great-grandchildren of the black slaves brought to the country centuries ago.

The attitudes of the representatives of other races split: more than a half of African Americans welcome the idea and Hispanics think fifty-fifty: 58 percent of people of color are sure that the descendants of slaves deserve compensation and 35 percent of those disagree with it.

Hispanics divided into groups of 46 percent for and 47 percent against granting money.

The mentioned numbers unexpectedly change when we start paying attention to the age of the respondents, as more than a half of millennials are ready to reconsider their position one day or feel unsure about their opinions. The experts say the growing ethnic diversity among youth might become a factor of influence. The Census Bureau reports that 44.2 percent of them belong to a minority race or ethnic group.

Sadly the bigger is the age of the questioned people the less sorry they are about the horrors of slavery regardless their origin. 73 percent of the Americans between the ages of 35-50 spoke against reparations, which reached 79 percent for baby boomers (aged 51-69) and even 80 percent for elderly citizens over the age of 69.

In January the U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent officially recommended the USA to contemplate the reparations to the descendants of African-American slaves.

“The colonial history, the legacy of enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the U.S. remains a serious challenge as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent,” the U.N. report said.

The idea raised a lot of argument as, according to the poll, overall, 68 percent of the citizens are strongly against it.

It is sad to acknowledge that even many years after the end of slavery the spirit of it is still alive in the hearts of people and yet they call themselves free. There is a spark of hope concerning the young generation, but numerous cases of racial bias and racially motivated violence which we read about in the news every other day can easily grind it out.

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