Christopher: This seems like the kind of solution that could only come from an ivory tower: seems good in theory, but in practicality a logistical nightmare. First off, how would we get everyone to agree on what two centuries of slavery is actually worth? Also, what about the black folks who aren't even descended from slaves? Moreover, how about the vast majority of black Americans who are - at least to some degree - of mixed race? A lot of blacks have at least one European ancestor in there somewhere. Would we divvy up African Americans by ethnicity to determine how much someone gets paid? That sounds a lot like when the #$%$ legislated what should happen to Germans who were 'one-quarter Jew'. When a Native American tribe got wealthy from gambling, suddenly everyone wanted to be a member of that tribe; countless people started claiming they were 'one-eighth Indian' or whatever. Will that happen with blacks were we to give out reparations? People will have to fight to prove how 'black' they are? Exactly what sort of proof will be required to demonstrate one's eligibility for reparations? And how is the U.S. Government supposed to pay for all this??