Chapter

The Tort Model

Roy L. Brooks

in Atonement and Forgiveness

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780520239418
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939738 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520239418.003.0004
The Tort Model

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Opponents as well as proponents of the black redress movement usually conceptualize the question of slave redress through what can be called the “tort model.” The tort model is mainly a litigation approach to slave redress. It works upon a certain set of premises—compensation and, for some proponents, punishment or even white guilt. Many proponents of the tort model would be contented if the government or a private beneficiary of slavery were simply to write a check for X amount of dollars to every slave descendant. Some white Americans in response, such as the neo-conservative Charles Krauthammer, would gladly have the government write that check as a means of closing the books on the American race problem—a kind of justice on the cheap. Litigation can be a useful tool in the flight for racial justice.

Keywords: tort model; compensation; Charles Krauthammer; litigation; white Americans

Chapter.  17432 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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