Reparations for slavery has always been a controversial topic in the black community. The issue has gained momentum recently, with several Caribbean nations renewing their commitment to seek recompense from countries that benefited from the atrocities of the transatlantic slave trade.
However, not everyone in the black community is in favor of righting the wrongs of hundreds of years of enslavement of black people with reparations.
Here are nine black leaders who don’t support reparations.
President Barack Obama
Obama has been consistently against the idea of reparations, arguing that the government should instead combat the legacy of slavery by improving schools, health care and the economy for all Americans.
“I have said in the past – and I’ll repeat again – that the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed,” he said.
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Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State
“Given the fact that there’s plenty of blame to go around for slavery — plenty of blame to go around among African and Arab states, plenty of blame to go around among Western states — I think we’re better to look forward, not point fingers backward,” Rice said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in 2001.