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A Story On The Potential Cost Of Reparations To Black Americans Cites A 2021 UMass Poll

Reparations for Black Americans will cost up to $14 trillion and ‘could finally lead to closure,’ economist Sandy Darity says. The economist cited a nationwide 2021 UMass Amherst/WCVB poll in which nearly 30% of white Americans endorsed monetary payments as reparations for Black Americans. (A 2021 Pew Research Center survey found a lower share of white Americans, 18%, supported some form of reparations for descendants of enslaved people.) That’s up from 4% in 2000, Darity says, referencing a separate survey conducted by University of Chicago researchers. “The big issue is whether or not that trajectory can be sustained,” Darity said. (MarketWatch [shared by, 1/12/23; News Office release)

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