On Monday night, a bar in Portland, Oregon, organized colored people and gave them $ 10 when they arrived – a symbolic gift, mainly funded by white people who were asked not to attend the "reparations happy hour".
A The local activist group Brown Hope wanted the event to be a place for colored people in a predominantly white city to meet, organize, discuss public policy and plan various actions
The term "complete" Reparations – sought by some as compensation for the horrors of slavery, Jim Crow, and the huge wealth gap between white and black US households – was supported in a 2016 poll by 58 percent of blacks and 46 percent of Hispanics.
However, 68 percent of White Americans do not support reparations; When the topic was picked up during the 2016 presidential campaign, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said it was "divisive" and likely would not get through Congress.
The economist Robert Browne once estimated a fair value for reparations of $ 1.4 trillion to $ 4.7 trillion and wrote that reparations "should restore the black community to the economic position it would have had if it slavery and discrimination would not have been subjected. "
Eric J. Miller, a professor at Loyola Law School, said the case for reparations involves a settlement with the country's history.
"Part of our story is that our grandparents took part in these acts of horrific violence [against black people]," he told HuffPost. "But people do not want to acknowledge the horror of what they have committed."
"The cognitive dissonance of learning that your property is maintained and preserved on the back of others' misery is not an unbelievably nice thing to do with it, so people would rather devalue it," Miller said.
Cameron Whitten, the 27-year-old activist who organized the event, said participants felt they were seen and appreciated by the event in Portland – but there were much bigger goals. 19659014] Reparations Take Twitter 2 “/>