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Inland Journal, Sept. 4, 2019: One View About Reparations

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Today on the Inland Journal podcast, one view in the debate about reparations.

One of the thornier contemporary debates in the U.S. centers on whether the country should pay reparations to the families of men and women who served as slaves in the years before the Emancipation Proclamation. There are other nuances to the debate as well. Are people in other ethnic groups that suffered murder and oppression also deserving of compensation? If so, how do we determine how much is sufficient? Is there any way to accurately measure what’s sufficient?

Mark Azzara is a retired journalist and blogger and hopeful novelist in Connecticut who writes about religion for the Spokane online newsletter Spokane FAVS. Recently, he wrote an interesting column about reparations in general. We called him and asked him to make his case to you.

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