Speculation on reparations.
Obviously, the case for reparations rests partially on the wrong committed to enslaved persons.
However, it is also claimed that this country profited heavily from slavery and is partially built upon the profits of slavery, which would mean we owed more.
The amount of net profit might have been quite low because the planters might have had a hard time borrowing money to plant every year because of high interest and bad credit.
Their credit rating must have been low because slavery was being banned all over the world and banks saw there was a high chance any day now, they could lose their ability to make the money back by using free labor.