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Richard A. Epstein

Richard A. Epstein, The Case Against Black Reparations, 24 Boston University Law Review 1177-1192 (December, 2004)(68 Footnotes Omitted)


The legal case for black reparations has been rejected. The political struggle for black reparations continues. The purpose of this short essay is to indicate my views on both the legal and political sides of the current sputtering campaign. Section I talks briefly about some of the legal issues raised by the recent claims for reparations. Section II addresses the political movement, with some reference to events taking place by close to Boston, namely the self-study on the complicity of Brown University in slavery and regulation organized by Ruth Simmons, the President of Brown and herself a black woman of much distinction.