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The Case for Reparations

“Slavery and the continuing pattern of discrimination aren’t only an attempt to steal labor; they are an attempt to cover over a person’s soul, a whole people’s soul.

That injury shows up today as geographic segregation, the gigantic wealth gap, the lack of a financial safety net, but also the lack of the psychological and moral safety net that comes when society has a history of affirming: You belong. You are us. You are equal."

These are the words New York Times' columnist David Brooks wrote in his piece yesterday, The Case for Reparations: A Slow Convert to the Cause.

[photo credit: A detail from a display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala. Credit: Andrea Morales for The New York Times]

"Reparations are a drastic policy and hard to execute, but the very act of talking about and designing them heals a wound and opens a new story," he says.


Reparations have been talked about forever. I have always supported the idea. Now, even New York Times columnist David Brooks gets it!

Everyone should read this piece (and, of course, Ta-Nehisi Coates' The Case for Reparations).

What do you think?

  • How could reparations be instituted?

  • Would it have to be done federally?

  • What form would reparations take?

  • Could it be done in local communities? In Evanston?

​[NYT columnist David Brooks]

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