I read that the last person held as a slave in the United States died in 1979. If Charlie Smith wasn't the last (dying at something like 137 years of age), then I doubt too many have survived him to this day.
The question, therefore, seems moot.
I've wondered how any reparations scheme might work out.
1)Would a single determined sum be paid to everyone and anyone who could prove they were the descendant of a slave? Is that fair? Should the descendents of slaves be expected to have the ability to trace their decendency? I can't believe the birth records involved can be expected to be entirely reliable.
2)Would a single determined sum be set aside for every documented slave in US history and then allow their descendents to fight it out as to how much they got? What a mess that would be.
3)Would the total of #2 be paid to a foundation that had the goal of improving african-american lives?
What do you think mt774?