Somebody ran the numbers. Slavery reparations could carry a $17 trillion price tag Economist Larry Neal tried to tabulate the price tag of unpaid wages to slaves from 1620 to 1840. In 1983 when he calculated the number, he estimated that slaves were owed $1.4 trillion in unpaid wages, or $3.6 trillion today. Economist James Marketti estimated that unpaid wages totaled somewhere between $3 trillion and $5 trillion dollars — again in 1983. Today, when accounting for inflation that number leaps to $7.7 trillion to $12.9 trillion. ...But these costs do not include the lingering economic impact of Jim Crow and current discrimination that black people face in the labor market, health care system, or education and criminal justice systems. According to “The Economics of Reparations,” that figure stands at an additional $1.3 trillion to $4.2 trillion today. When totaling Marketti’s estimates along with restitution costs for racial injustice since the end of slavery, reparations could range from $9 to $17.1 trillion. So the $17 trillion number seems to include things that didn't actually have to do with slavery. So I would think the actual number would be the $7.7 to $12.9 trillion figures. Since the size of the US economy is a bit over 20 trillion, it looks like we'll have to give more than half the entire country to pay for slave reparations. Better open those wallets wide!