The Debt (Paperback)
What America Owes to Blacks
Plume, 9780452282100, 272pp.
Publication Date: January 1, 2001
In this powerful and controversial book, distinguished African-American political leader and thinker Randall Robinson argues for the restoration of the rich history that slavery and segregation severed. Drawing from research and personal experience, he shows that only by reclaiming their lost past and proud heritage can blacks lay the foundation for their future. And white Americans can begin making reparations for slavery and the century of racial discrimination that followed with monetary restitution, educational programs, and the kinds of equal opportunities that will ensure the social and economic success of all citizens.
“Engaging...Robinson continues an important conversation...His anecdotes support his attempts to reclaim African American heritage and empower African Americans.”—The Washington Post
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Praise For The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks…
“A tour de force...Heartfelt, impassioned.”—Emerge
“Incisive...keenly observed, perceptively written.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“In a manner strikingly reminiscent of James Baldwin, Robinson combines acute insight, attention to the obvious but overlooked, and unpretentious breadth of vision.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Provocative...Lays out the logic behind reparations and addresses the issue from an economic standpoint.”—Chicago Sun-Times