Reparations and the rectification of race

Journal of Ethics 7 (1):139-151 (2003)
Positive law and problems with identifyingbeneficiaries confine reparations for U.S.slavery to the level of discourse. Within thediscourse, the broader topic of rectificationcan be addressed. The rectification of slaveryincludes restoring full humanity to our ideasof the slaves and their descendants and itrequires disabuse of the false biological ideaof race. This is not racial eliminativism,because biological race never existed, but moreimportantly because African American racialidentities and redress of present racism arebased on lifeworlds of race in contrast withwhich the biological idea has been an externalimposition.
Keywords African Americans  biological race  German Jews  historical responsibility  Japanese Americans  positive law  racial categories  racial eliminativism  racism  rectification  reparations
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