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As Democratic candidates running for president are being asked to weigh in on reparations for slavery — the idea that the United States would give restitution, in some form or another, to African-American descendants of slaves — a few questions keep popping up.

Why now? How would it work? Who thinks it’s appropriate, and who doesn’t?


Thomas Craemer, an associate professor of public policy at UConn, stops by Capitol Watch to talk about his research into reparations and how growing up in Germany shaped his thinking.


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