It may be time for the government to consider giving reparations.
In 1988, president Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act, which compensated more than 100,000 people of Japanese descent who were incarcerated in internment camps during World War II. NPR reports Japanese-Americans received a formal apology and each surviving victim received $20,000.
This past November, the Department of State began accepting applications to compensate certain victims of Holocaust-related deportations. About 100 non-French survivors could receive more than $100,000 each, according to The Los Angeles Times.
"The agreement is another measure of justice to help those who suffered for the harms of one of history's darkest eras," Stuart Eizenstat, a Washington lawyer and former diplomat, said about the U.S.-France agreement.
Yet, Black Americans haven't received a dime for being enslaved.
Earlier this year, a United Nations panel said the government must pay reparations to the descendants of Africans who were brought to the U.S. as slaves. The committee said slavery is the reason for the plight of African-Americans today.
No amount of money or service will erase this historical damage, but at least the Reparations site is proof that humanity is capable of kindness.