I am choosing
to pay reparations.
Will you join me?

A Personal Statement

Justice requires more than being sorry; justice requires restitution.

I am not personally responsible for slavery. But I am an American citizen and a recipient of “the blessings of liberty” bequeathed to part of our posterity, but denied, even by the author of those words, to other citizens and their posterity.

The stain on our national character has not been scrubbed away. The wound has not healed. The dream is still not fully realized.

To right the wrongs of history is impossible. There can be no full accounting of all the injustices people have done to each other, and it is futile to try and balance the books of grievances.

The individual actors in the crime of slavery are long deceased. Today an American might claim descent from a victim, an abolitionist, a perpetrator, an immigrant who arrived after the fact, or some combination of them all.

My shame and guilt is not personal, it is collective, because I choose to own my role as a beneficiary of the crime and an heir to the guilt.

I am not making this claim for anyone else. I am not telling anyone else what to do. I am making my own apology, making my own amends, and inviting others to participate if they’d like to.

I am choosing to pay reparations. Will you join me?



How much should I pay?

It’s impossible to answer precisely. What is the value of a life? Of 12 million lives? What is the cost of lost generations?

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Who gets the money?

The victims of slavery. To be a reparation for slavery, it should go into the hands of descendants of slaves, and those who…

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How should I give?

Make a payment, as reparations, through an established charity that specifically serves descendants of slaves…

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Victims of American Slavery

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