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Tatishe Nteta Discusses Public Opinion on Reparations for Black Residents

Tatishe Nteta, provost professor of political science and director of the UMass Poll, discusses public opinion as the State of California considers implementing large-scale reparations for Black residents affected by the legacy of slavery. Nteta says the 2021 poll found that 80% of Black residents support making cash payments to descendants of enslaved Americans, while 80% of white residents object. “ When we ask people why they oppose, it’s not about the cost. It’s not about logistics. It’s not about the impossibility to place a monetary value on the impact of slavery. It is consistently this notion that the descendants of slaves do not deserve these types of reparations,” Nteta says. (The Guardian, 7/11/23; News Office release)

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