The question isn't whether or not reparations should be paid out, it is whether or not they should stop being paid out:
From 1882-1968 3,446 blacks were lynched in the US. That comes to an average of just under 40 blacks per year. In 2011, to take a recent year in which data are readily available, at least 448 whites were murdered by blacks (keeping in mind that the rate of black-on-white homicide is several times higher than the rate of white-on-black homicide and that in more than one-in-three cases of homicide the murderer is never identified). If we subtract from this figure the number of blacks murdered by whites during the same year (193), we still get a net interracial white body count of 255.
It is likely the case that, over the course of US history, more whites have been killed by blacks than blacks have been killed by whites. And with every passing year, that black advantage over whites in interracial murders increases.
Of course it naturally follows from this that the biggest intellectual sensation in the US today is a black guy who profitably laments things like white privilege and the legacy of slavery, a message that Colin Flaherty parsimoniously reduces to three words: "White people suck"!
Perhaps it's unfair to be so dismissive of the work of Ta-Nehisi Coates. Besides making life miserable for Coke executives, Coates accurately perceives that rather than fading into the past, racial strife is America's future. Google's Ngram corroborates that insight: