There are different types of proposals for reparations. Many activists for reparations simply advocate apologies, admissions of guilt, etc. Others, though probably a minority, advocate for actual direct payments for African-Americans, which is, in my view, problematic. But a middle course, which has usually taken the demanding admissions of culpability from corporations that profited from the slave trade, (Aetna is but one famous example) makes a little more sense to me, as their efforts often lead to the creation of scholarship funds and investment in African-American community. Anything that raises awareness of how fundamental slavery was in the creation and growth of this country is, in my opinion, constructive.