Brown University economist Glenn Loury believes reparations would be “disastrous” for future of United States, arguing Black people “should not be trying to cut a separate deal with America.”
Appearing on “This Week” Loury, who was the first Black tenured economics professor at Harvard University said “I think we should get beyond race. I know I’m spitting in the wind when I say that. I know no one wants to hear it. I think the right story here is that it’s the American story. We’re all in this thing together. I know that’s very easy to say.”
“I think Martin Luther King got it right in 1963. I think that the racialization of this discussion of crime and violence, and policing, of poverty and wealth and whatnot is bad for America,” he continued.
“I think talking about reparations, whatever the moral argument might be, is disastrous for the future of this country,” Loury added. “Black people should not be trying to cut a separate deal with America. Let’s make the country a good country for everybody and we’ll be on the right track.”