More than 150 years since the end of slavery, racial inequality is still evident in the United States. Black Americans have an average household wealth just a tenth of white families, face housing and banking discrimination, and higher policing. Reparations for slavery is either a path towards equality or a path to further division.
No, there should not be reparations for slavery
The logistics, ethics, and effects of reparations are troubling. Reparations are impractical and divisive in practice.
Reparations are a racist policy
The policy places blame of past injustices on several generations of white people who had nothing to do with slavery. It is racist to punish them for a historical act that the vast majority today condemn as racist.
Instead of reparations, poverty should be addressed for all Americans
The lasting effects of slavery are primarily felt through poverty. However, black Americans are not the only demographic to suffer from poverty.
Policy addressing poverty would have greater effects on racial inequality
The real issue affecting black Americans is poverty, but they are not the only ones. The wealth inequality and poverty rate in the US plagues much of society. Sweeping economic reforms are more effective than reparations in addressing this disparity.