Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? (Class of 2019)

Subject Area

American history; Minority & ethnic groups; Race relations; Social justice


As part of the English 101.003 Writing Seminar taught by Dr. Anne Porter in Fall 2015 at Providence College, this essay was written in response to an assignment to articulate a central question about slavery reparations. The essay explores the question from various angles and makes reference to Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J. Sandel, “The Case for Reparations” from The Atlantic (June 2014) by Ta-Nehisi Coates, as well as at least one additional, scholarly source. The essay is written for college-age readers, who are interested in the issue and asking the same questions.

Abstract: In recent years, the issue of making slavery reparations to those whose ancestors were victims of the slavery system many years ago is a growing topic of controversy throughout the United States. There are many questions surrounding this matter such as who would receive reparations, who would make them, and is there a way for it to be done fairly for all. Using various sources, including the 2015 Common Reading Program book, Justice: What¹s The Right Thing To Do by Michael Sandel, I explored this topic from many angles, and narrowed in on the many different views of whether or not slavery reparations should and could be made after so many years.


Providence College


Fall 11-3-2015