Black reparations and the racial wealth gap

By William “Sandy” Darity, Kirsten Mullen

The April 27th Hutchins Center virtual event devoted to our new book, From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century, resulted in too many participant questions  to answer live. We take the opportunity here to respond to nine that remained.   

To provide a frame for our responses, we outline the premises that shape our conception of Black reparations in the United States. Data from the 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances (the most recent available) indicate that Black Americans possess 2.6

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