Reparations are essential to eliminating the substantial wealth gap between black and white Americans | MinnPost

Four hundred years ago, America's first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia. Centuries later, black Americans have managed to accumulate some wealth, but it still pales in comparison to that of whites. This racial wealth gap is a result not only of the horrors of slavery but also policies - such as Jim Crow laws, redlining and modern-day mass incarceration - that followed.