“When it comes to reparations for American slavery, I think morally, it may be a good idea, but practically, it’s not,” says Joshua Ferguson, a political writer whose fifth great-grandfather was an abolitionist. “Reparations for slavery were a good thing 150 years ago. I think today, they’re not being used in any sort of good way. It’s not well thought out.”
In the video above, hear what Ferguson says he believes should be done to help Black Americans. And, Alex Gruenenfelder, a former candidate for Los Angeles Mayor, weighs in.
On Tuesday’s episode of Dr. Phil, "'Should We Allow Reparations to Black Americans?'" Dr. Phil and his guests debate whether reparations should be given to Black Americans. Check local listings to see where you can watch.

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