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Atonement and ForgivenessA New Model for Black Reparations$
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Roy Brooks

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520239418

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520239418.001.0001

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The Tort Model

The Tort Model

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(p.98) Chapter 4 The Tort Model
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Atonement and Forgiveness
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Roy L. Brooks

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520239418.003.0004

Opponents as well as proponents of the black redress movement usually conceptualize the question of slave redress through what can be called the “tort model.” The tort model is mainly a litigation approach to slave redress. It works upon a certain set of premises—compensation and, for some proponents, punishment or even white guilt. Many proponents of the tort model would be contented if the government or a private beneficiary of slavery were simply to write a check for X amount of dollars to every slave descendant. Some white Americans in response, such as the neo-conservative Charles Krauthammer, would gladly have the government write that check as a means of closing the books on the American race problem—a kind of justice on the cheap. Litigation can be a useful tool in the flight for racial justice.

Keywords:   tort model, compensation, Charles Krauthammer, litigation, white Americans

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