"It's a sad, sad commentary on this country that it has taken this long," Nkechi Taifa, a human rights attorney and decades-long reparations advocate, told Newsweek.
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas called upon President Biden to support the legislation on Wednesday.
Trump told Georgia rallygoers the government will confiscate their land and firearms if Democratic Senate candidates win the upcoming runoff elections, echoing his 2018 comments on white South African farmers.
"This should not be anything to be scared about or tiptoed around. He should just go bold," one advocate told Newsweek.
Calculations for the financial cost to somewhat atone for slavery vary, with scholars agreeing that no matter the sum, more than just giving money must be done.
If you've been kicking people to the ground for centuries, you owe more to them than merely to stop kicking. You owe it to them to help them get back up.
"We need to be made whole in areas of health care, education, employment, criminal justice, business ownership, homeownership, overall equity and, of course, generational wealth," Councilman Keith Young said.
The militia called for the removal of Georgia's Confederate monument at Stone Mountain Park Saturday.
Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee said systemic racism was "a cancer on the skin and the fabric of this nation that has not been remedied" on Wednesday.
"If, in fact, there are ways to get direct payments for reparations, I want to see it," Joe Biden said Thursday
The crisis proves that restitution for the African American descendants of slavery is urgent, affordable and long overdue.
If it is found guilty of a cover-up, the Chinese government must be made to pay. The stakes could not be higher.
Patrisse Cullors has thrown her support behind both Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in a dual endorsement.
"We both oppose reparations and we both are the descendants of slave owners," the Kentucky Republican said.
From free college to reparations, the math just doesn't add up, and if Democrats continue down this path, they're likely headed for defeat in 2020.
Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly detailed the "brutal injustice" of his Irish ancestors and said slavery reparations for black Americans falsely reinforces that the U.S. was founded by racist white men.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham dismissed the arguments for slavery reparations during her podcast, saying: "It's called conquest."
The debate on reparations for slavery was the focus of a Congressional hearing on Wednesday for the first time in a decade.
Positions within the Democratic Party vary widely, and 2020 candidates have made starkly differing commitments to a hypothetical reparations program.
Georgetown students voted in favor of adding a semesterly fee of $27.20 to tuition costs to fund reparations for the descendants of 272 slaves sold in 1838 to help pay the university's debts.
Talk radio host Larry Elder ridiculed the concept of slavery reparations, denouncing Democratic lawmakers for vowing to "extract" money from people who were never slave owners to give to people "who were never slaves."
"She exploited somebody else's culture and I'm the racist for pointing it out? I love that!" Tucker Carlson said.
"If you want to start a problem and to inflame racial tension even more, start blaming people who have nothing to do with slavery, for the sin of slavery," conservative commentator Katie Pavlich said.
Senator Kamala Harris, a contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, said that reparations should be made to the African-American community, explaining that more needed to be done to address mental health.
"I think you had 600,000 people brought to the United States under involuntary servitude, or slavery, and 620,000 died in the Civil War."
Fox News host Mark Levin said Senator Kamala Harris and the rest of the Democratic Party should pay African-Americans back for slavery reparations.
"America has an ugly history of racism," Warren said on Friday while giving an address to New Hampshire Democrats.