Few Americans are in favor of giving reparations to descendants of enslaved black people in the United States, a new poll shows, even as the idea has gained momentum among Democratic presidential contenders.
Only 29% of Americans say the government should pay cash reparations, according to the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll.
But the poll reveals a large divide between Americans of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Most black Americans, 74%, favor reparations, compared with 15% of white Americans. Among Hispanics, 44% favor reparations.
Lori Statzer, 79, of West Palm Beach, Florida, opposes cash reparations and an official government apology.[Most read] Editorial: Why Chicago teachers won’t take ‘yes’ for an answer »
“None of the black people in America today are under the slavery issue,” said Statzer, who is white. “It’s over with.”
Using taxpayers’ money to pay reparations “would be unfair to me,” she added. “My ancestors came to this country, worked hard to become Americans and never asked for anything.”