Atonement and Forgiveness: A New Model for Black Reparations

University of California Press, 2004年10月7日 - 325页
"Roy Brooks' atonement model makes a singularly important contribution to the reparations debate. He argues that racial reconciliation in the United States can be achieved through reparations for American slavery and Jim Crow segregation, if such reparations are conceptualized in terms of atonement."—Melissa Nobles, MIT, author of Shades of Citizenship: Race and the Census in Modern Politics

"In my Case for Black Reparations, published in 1973, I called for a national debate on this painful subject. Professor Brooks has responded magnificently to this appeal, with a comprehensive and painstakingly thoughtful analysis of all aspects of this area. His book, in my opinion, will certainly become the standard examination of the issue. I recommend it with unqualified enthusiasm."—Boris I. Bittker, Professor Emeritus of Law, Yale University

"Ever insightful, Roy Brooks dramatically presses forward the reparations debate with an atonement model, accenting a substantial government apology and significant reparations. It is well past time for the U.S. government to put a real apology and reparative monetary actions where its equality-parroting mouth is—that is, to recognize and repair the racist oppression long imposed on African Americans. Using much data and persuasive argument, Brooks shows that deep understandings of slavery and segregation make this conclusion both inevitable and morally necessary."—Joe Feagin, author of Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations

"A leading scholar on reparations, Roy Brooks transforms the debate on African American redress. Moving the controversy over reparations away from narrow legalisms and monetary compensation, he refocuses on what matters—how America can heal its racial wounds and build productive group relationships. A must read for all concerned about a just America."—Eric Yamamoto, author of Interracial Justice: Conflict and Reconciliation in Post-Civil Rights America

"Roy Brooks' Atonement and Forgiveness provides an original approach to the debates over ends and means to achieve redress. The concept of atonement that is the centerpiece of his study is the first to combine the material element of compensation and its unavoidable limits with the ethical element of apology and acknowledgement of this central element of the nation's history. His approach provides the potential for a public and political discourse that lifts the often acrimonious debates over litigation to a new level, and may bring the two communities of our nation to an understanding of our common history and thus to a shared vision of our common future."—Richard M. Buxbaum, Jackson H. Ralston Professor of International Law, Boalt Hall, School of Law, University of California


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The legacy of slavery and Jim Crow sets much of the historical context for America's current racial politics. In this dense book, Brooks, a law professor at the University of San Diego, attempts to ... 阅读完整评价


The Purpose and History of the Black
Harms to Slaves and Free Blacks
Harms to Descendants
The Tort Model
The Atonement Model
Opposing Arguments

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作者简介 (2004)

Roy L. Brooks is Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego. He is the author of over a dozen books, including Structures of Judicial Decision Making from Legal Formalism to Critical Theory (2002), When Sorry Isn't Enough: The Controversy over Apologies and Reparations for Human Injustice (1999), Integration or Separation? A Strategy for Racial Equality (1996), and Rethinking the American Race Problem (California, 1990).