Closing The Racial Wealth Gap

New York University Law Review Online, Vol. 95, No.1, 2020

UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2021-46

25 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2021

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Mehrsa Baradaran

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Date Written: September 3, 2021

Abstract

This Article explores a few remedies to closing the racial wealth gap rooted in a theory
of contract damages. The U.S. government has failed to live up to its promises to Black
Americans to treat them equally under the law and thus a remedy is justified. Though a
full reparations program is necessary and theoretically justified, this Article does not
focus on a full-scale reparations program. Rather, the Article explores how a housing
grant might work as one solution to closing the racial wealth gap given the current
constitutional interpretation and political barriers.

Suggested Citation

Baradaran, Mehrsa, Closing The Racial Wealth Gap (September 3, 2021). New York University Law Review Online, Vol. 95, No.1, 2020, UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2021-46, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3917140

Mehrsa Baradaran (Contact Author)

University of California, Irvine School of Law ( email )

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Irvine, CA 92697-1000
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