Friday, July 29, 2016
John Hope Franklin on Reparations
John Hope Franklin is one of the nation's most respected historians. He was interviewed by the Indy Week, the independent paper of Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Chapel Hill. Franklin was passionate about the enormous wealth that had been stolen from black people. Apologies for slavery are easy, he commented, but what about all that followed, like Reconstruction and Jim Crow? What about the stolen money? While he didn't see any groups willing to make such changes, he didn't hesitate to say he thought it was necessary and deserved.