Are poor black Americans already receiving "slavery reparations" in the form of receiving more from the government than collected in taxes? If so, is it enough? If so, why is not mentioned? Should it be?
Every election cycle, the topic of reparations comes up from Democrats seeking to solidify the black vote (see [cbsnews.com] ). They know that many black Americans feel that slavery and lingering racism have conspired to keep them from reaching economic equality.
It is true that whites, on average, earn more than blacks ($61k/year vs $38.5k/year [en.wikipedia.org] ). This different helps whites amass ten times as much household wealth as blacks. I could not find any statistics that shows the difference in average tax paid by these groups. However, since the US has a progressive income tax with over 70% of all taxes paid by the 10% income earners, the difference in income suggests that blacks pay far less per capita than whites (see [ntu.org] ... yes, with racist bar chart color choices).
Let me be clear, the topic question is setup to be a bit provocative and I realize that the topics of income inequality and racism are much more complicated than revealed in a few financial stats. A poor person would gladly trade positions with a rich person and pay corresponding taxes.