I'm looking forward to Attorney General Eric Holder's graduation speech tomorrow in Chapel Hill. Perhaps this is the reason that I thought that I'd post a trivia question related to reparations. Who wrote the following:
Given the perceived failures of the traditional civil rights agenda in bringing about racial equality in the US, a number of black commentators argue that a program of reparations is the only legitimate means of making up for three-hundred plus years of slavery. More recently, some white commenatators have also supported a variant of the reparations concept -- for example, the government financing a Community Reinvestment fund that would be controlled by the black community and render affirmative action obsolete. Do such proposals have any realistic chance of working their way through the political system? Would there be any legal impediments to such a broadly-conceived reparations policy?
One hint here -- it wasn't me. Though I think those are really critical questions.
Update, as of August 2012: Stacey Gahagan and I have our paper on Obama's syllabus up on ssrn.