This is never going anywhere, except being used to energize certain groups and appall other groups. Lots and lots of problems with this, including:
* African-Americans whose ancestors were slaves vs those whose ancestors were not slaves. Do both get the same amount or differing amounts?
* African-Americans whose ancestors OWNED slaves. Do they pay, get reparations or both?
* Native Americans: why should they have to pay anything?
* Non-African-Americans whose ancestors owned slaves vs N-A-A whose ancestors never owned slaves. Do both have to pay the same amount or differing amounts?
* N-A-A who 'identify' as African-American: do they have to pay anything?
* How to legally identify individuals as African-American to verify them for receiving reparations: DNA testing, darkness of skin color, ancestry.com, or maybe whatever their parents and grandparents told them about their heritage?
And to skip down to the real big question: If reparations are paid, wouldn't that mean we will do away with all affirmative action and anything of that nature ... from now on?
Btw, there is a book by Matthew Bracken that covers this topic very well, think it is the third in the trilogy, titled "Foreign Enemies And Traitors".