Only half of young Americans between ages 18 and 35 want the U.S. government to formally apologize for slavery, and nearly two-thirds think America should not redress the horrors of slavery by implementing a reparations program through cash payments for black Americans.
These are just two of the findings of the new 2016 Fusion Issues Poll, which surveyed 1,045 adults age 18 to 35 about their views on a number of important social justice issues.
Perhaps predictably, poll respondents split along racial lines on questions of racial injustice. Sixty-eight percent of black respondents and 59% of young Hispanics favored a federal apology to black Americans for slavery, while only 41% of young whites do. Sixty-two percent of young black people favored reparations, while a majority of young Hispanics (54%) and a large majority of young whites (74%) were opposed.