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Reparations
rep·a·ra·tion
ˌrepəˈrāSH(ə)n/
noun
  1. the making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged.
    "the courts required a convicted offender to make financial reparation to his victim"
    synonyms:amendsrestitutionredresscompensationrecompenserepaymentatonement
    "the victims are seeking reparation"

What follows are opportunities to make Reparations for the old wrongs and the new inflicted on people of color in the United States.  I personally vouch for each one.


Reparations for slavery is the idea that some form of compensatory payment needs to be made to the descendants of Africans who had been enslaved as part of the Atlantic Slave Trade

The "Hr - Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act," which Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) has proposed to the U.S. Congress every year since 1989, has yet to be passed. This bill, as its name suggests, recommends the creation of a commission to study the "impact of slavery on the social, political and economic life of our nation". In January 2017, the bill was updated as, H.R.40 - Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act.

In 2016, prominent American journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates published an article titled "The Case for Reparations", which discussed the continued effects of slavery and Jim Crow laws and made renewed demands for reparations. 

In September 2016, the United NationsWorking Group of Experts on People of African Descent published a report that concluded the United States needed to take urgent action in terms of slavery reparations. 

The report noted that there still exists a legacy of racial inequality in the United States, explaining that, "Despite substantial changes since the end of the enforcement of Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another, continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of African Americans today." The report goes on to explain that a "...dangerous ideology of white supremacy inhibits social cohesion among the US population".

These are women of color who have devoted their lives to the pursuit of teaching justice. They deserve compensation for not only the wrongs done them historically and personally, but for all the work they do and have done.

Ruby Sales
Ruby's tireless advocacy for social and racial justice is immeasurable and continuous.  Unfortunately, events outside of her control have uprooted her and forced her to find a new home, a position she would never mention or complain about, and certainly not ask for anyone’s help, but which puts her health and well-being at risk.

Lace Janine Watkins
Lace Janine Watkins is a teacher who shares her wisdom on justice with the groups of allies she mentors. Lacehas raised the bar for all of us with strength, truth, wisdom and compassion. 

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