A 23-year-old black columnist argued during a Wednesday Senate hearing that reparations should only be paid to those who lived in slavery and not their descendants.
Coleman Hughes, a writer for Quillette, argued that distributing reparations to young black people would make them slavery "victims without their consent," an assertion that was met with an eruption of boos from those in attendance.
"I understand that reparations are about what people are owed, regardless of how well they're doing," Hughes said in his statement. "But the people who are owed for slavery are no longer here and we're not entitled to collect on their debts. Reparations, by definition, are only given to victims. So the moment you give me reparations, you've made me into a victim without my consent. Not just that: you've made one third of black Americans who poll against reparations into victims without their consent."