In an interesting twist, it has come to light that Barack obama is the descendent of slave owners. Apparently at least two ancestors from his mother's side of the family owned slaves according to census records. Because Obama's father is from Africa it appears that Obama is not the descendent of any slaves.
While I would not normally think that what one's distant ancestors may have done would be relevant in today's world I think this raises interesting questions. First, for the reparations advocates, should Obama be entitled to receive payments? Secondly, should Obama and his children be entitled to benefit from affirmative actions programs?