Rachel Frazin, The Hill, October 25, 2019
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey found that 29 percent of Americans support the payment of cash reparations while 68 percent oppose such a move.
Support for reparations was largely split along racial lines, as 74 percent of black respondents support them compared to 15 percent of white respondents. Forty-four percent of Hispanic respondents said they support reparations.
Most respondents, 52 percent, also said the government should not apologize for the country’s history of slavery, while 46 percent said it should apologize.
This was also split along racial lines, as 35 percent of white, 77 percent of black and 64 percent of Hispanic respondents believe there should be an apology.
The Senate bill was introduced by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.).