The Unconscionable Impossibility of Reparations for Slavery; Or, Why the Master's Mules Will Never Dismantle the Master's House
Injury and Injustice (Anne Bloom et al eds, Cambridge University Press, 2018)
16 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2018 Last revised: 17 Feb 2018
Date Written: February 13, 2018
This Chapter discusses the curious unwillingness of the legal system to provide compensation for the harms of slavery. Ultimately the Chapter concludes that the failure of law in this area – the impossibility of reparations -- is no accident. Rather, the legal system is doing what it was always designed to do. Law itself is a social construct designed by societal elites to protect elite interests, and the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.
Keywords: reparation, slavery, civil rights
JEL Classification: K00
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