Independent Lens: The Big Payback

Independent Lens: The Big Payback

Mon, 01/16/2023 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Caption: Robin Rue Simmons, national leader for local reparations in Evanston IL

Credit: The Big Payback, LLC

The passage of the first-ever tax-funded reparations bill for Black Americans stirs up a debate.

A rookie alderwoman from Evanston, Illinois, led the passage of the first tax-funded reparations for Black Americans. While she and her community struggle with the burden to make restitution for its citizens, a national racial crisis engulfs the country. Will the debt ever be addressed, or is it too late for this reparations movement to finally get the big payback? Independent Lens: The Big Payback airs Monday, January 16 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV.