A panel of human rights experts has recommended African Americans receive reparations for the United States' history of "enslavement and racial discrimination" over the past few centuries.
The panel, which was commissioned by the United Nations and is formally known as the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, wrote the following in a 22-page report,
The group based its findings not only on history, but also a 10-day visit to the US in January. During the trip, the experts examined the current racial climate of the country and assessed measures taken to prevent discrimination against people of African descent.
In examining the subject, the panel concluded civil rights laws in the US have proven "insufficient to overcome" a slew of still prevalent discriminatory practices.
The UN panel report stated,
Of course, as The Washington Post mentions, the report is not binding and is unlikely to prompt any consideration of implementing reparations by lawmakers.
The report is nonetheless a clear statement from a group of experts sanctioned by the most recognized international body.
Before concluding the report, it recommends,
The United States has paid out reparations in the past, most recently in 1990, to survivors of Japanese internment during World War II.