Remorse, Retribution, and Restoration: Changing Minds, if not Hearts, about Reparations

28 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011 Last revised: 21 Aug 2011

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James M. Glaser

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Timothy J. Ryan

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

What considerations do white Americans bring to bear when forming opinions about reparations? We argue that, because reparations involve concessions, both real and symbolic, whites are likely to view them through the lens of group conflict. An effort to secure reparations for race riots that occurred in Tulsa, Oklahoma, however, may illustrate a way to interrupt this pattern of thinking and increase white support. Using evidence from a series of survey experiments, we demonstrate that whites, especially conservatives, are far more likely to support reparations when they can be framed as a matter of retributive, rather than restorative justice. This framing turns the pressures of individualism and responsibility, which often work against concessions toward blacks, on their head.

Keywords: Reparations, group conflict, survey experiment

Suggested Citation

Glaser, James M. and Ryan, Timothy J., Remorse, Retribution, and Restoration: Changing Minds, if not Hearts, about Reparations (2011). APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1903145

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Timothy J. Ryan

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill ( email )

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Chapel Hill, NC NC 27514
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