Planet Money #767: Georgetown, Louisiana, Part Two

In the previous episode — which is about the descendants of slaved once owned by Georgetown University, who were sold to a Southern plantation in order to keep the school float — I had some serious issues with Georgetown’s plan to offer “semi-legacy status” to the teenage descendants applying to the school today as a apologetic gesture. It felt like, well, an empty gesture, especially considering how crucial those slaves were to the school’s very existence.  This episode digs into an entirely different way to compensate the descendants…Reparations. And, boy, is it a complex issue.  Planet Money does a pretty good laying out all the complexities.

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