Is reparations now just a re-branding exercise?

It's becoming less and less clear what the movement for reparations is fighting for

2020 candidates.

When someone says the word, "reparations," what do you think they mean?

The question is not merely a matter of Humpty Dumpty-style semantic debate. Notwithstanding their persistent unpopularity, reparations for slavery are a rising item on the national agenda. Several Democratic contenders for the presidency, including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, have endorsed them in principle. The list of co-sponsors of H.R. 40, a bill that Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) has repeatedly introduced to establish a commission to study possible reparations for African Americans, now stands at 50 and counting, with three new co-sponsors added just last week alone.

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