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Basic Black; Slavery Reparations

03/23/2001

Payback


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Series
Basic Black
Program
Slavery Reparations
Program Number

3111

Series Description

THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

Program Description

Should African Americans be financially compensated for more than two centuries of enslavement? Basic Black host Darren Duarte sits down with Stanlety Crouch (writer, activist, critic), Chales Ogletree (Harvard Professor of Law), and Glenn Loury (Boston University Professor of Economics) to discuss the complex and controversial subject of slavery reparations for African Americans.

Slavery, Reparations, Stanley Crouch, Charles Ogletree, Glenn Loury What is owed to the descendants of enslaved Africans in America? Payback considers reparations -- the process of making an injured party whole again by financial restitution. Basic Black host Darren Duarte sits down with Stanley Crouch (writer, activist, critic), Chales Ogletree (Harvard Professor of Law), and Glenn Loury (Boston University Professor of Economics) to discuss the complex and controversial subject of slavery reparations for African Americans.

The idea of reparations is not unprecedented. The German Government paid millions in reparations to Jews and the state of Israel for Nazi Germany's genocidal role in the Holocaust, " said Duarte. "Yet African Americans have never been compensated for over two hundred years of enslavement."

In 1988 the United States government issued a national apology to Japanese Americans who had been placed in American internment camps during World War II and paid $20,000 to each victim. This prompted many African Americans to press for similar reparations. Some also cited as grounds for reparations the unfulfilled Civil War promise that each slave would receive forty acres and a mule.

Advocates of reparations have proposed packages that range from $700 billion to $4 trillion. Most favor investing the money in education and economic development for the African American community. Some opponents of reparations believe that reparations cannot truly make up for past injustices. Although the U.S. government has not awarded reparations to African Americans or made any apology for years of slavery, many African Americans continue to demand that the nation officially confront this injustice.

"Basic Black showcases an in-depth analysis of the issue by providing a thoughtful and intellectual discussion and debate with scholars who are intimately involved in the issue. The program provides the Massachusetts community with a forum for an analytical debate, and analysis of an important social issue and its impact on the African American community, and I am glad to have been a part of this great debate," concluded Duarte.

Duration

00:27:53

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
Citation
Chicago: “Basic Black; Slavery Reparations,” 03/23/2001, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 6, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F48CCD7715A44A24AED51919A39B2D3A.
MLA: “Basic Black; Slavery Reparations.” 03/23/2001. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 6, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F48CCD7715A44A24AED51919A39B2D3A>.
APA: Basic Black; Slavery Reparations. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F48CCD7715A44A24AED51919A39B2D3A
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