As others have said, the money is there. I'd be more concerned about the logistics of collecting and dispersing it, though. The fact of the matter is that most whites don't have ancestors who ever owned a slave. The majority of slaves were owned by a very, very few wealthy families, individuals, and institutions...far less than 10% of the whole Southern population. Also, what of teh whites whose families did not arrive in the US until well after slavery's end? What of those whites who arrived here fleeing persecution themselves after WWII (some Jews, Slavs, etc..). What of the few AAs whose BLACK or mixed ancestors owned slaves (and I mean for actual labor, not to buy back their own family)? Do they get reparations as well? What of a person whose ancestry is both AA and African--are they paid only half? Mixed raced individuals? How much white admixture do you have to have, or how white should you have to look, to disqualify you from reparations? Does a quadroon only understand a fourth of what it means to be a Black American? What of the mulattos in the suburbs, whose primary parent may not be Black and who are surrounded by whites---do they understand the Black experience? What of the so-called "sellouts" and "Uncle Toms", would they get a piece of the pie? And if the suggestion is to put it into a national trust that would work towards the benefit of AAs, who'se to say what the ultimate "benefit" is. What I consider a benefit may be widly different from another person. Who votes such a committe into office, and what of the people who votes against them?
The whole issue is so convulted as to be nonsensical.