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This article provides an account of the meaning of reparations and presents a brief explanation as to why African Americans believe they are entitled to reparations from the United States government. It then goes on to explain why reparations are necessary to address the distrust that is thought to exist between many African Americans and their government. Finally, it rejects the belief that reparations require reconciliation.
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Keywords: African Americans; forgiveness; moral repair; reconciliation; reparations; self-respect

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 08903, USA, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 01 July 2010

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