Tag Archives: Reparations

Understanding the Slave Trade

I have long thought that sociologists should read more history. It might correct some of their sweeping generalizations about the emergence and development of Western societies. This reflection has been reinforced by a recent book, A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution by Toby… Read More »

We need a serious debate on slavery reparations

The current debates over reparations for slavery, and other historical acts that offend contemporary sensibilities, illustrate the extent to which universities are a soft touch when faced with such claims… A university should, though, be asking more critical questions. Who are we compensating for what? When might historical grievances be considered extinct? What are the… Read More »