by Nikole Hannah-Jones
NY Times June 30, 2020
If black lives are to truly matter in America, this nation must move beyond slogans and symbolism. Citizens don’t inherit just the glory of their nation, but its wrongs too. A truly great country does not ignore or excuse its sins. It confronts them and then works to make them right. If we are to be redeemed, if we are to live up to the magnificent ideals upon which we were founded, we must do what is just.
It is time for this country to pay its debt. It is time for reparations.
(Nikole Hannah-Jones is a staff writer for the magazine. In 2020, she won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary for her essay about black Americans and democracy. She is the creator of The 1619 Project, which won the National Magazine Award for public interest and a George Polk special award this year. She is also a 2017 MacArthur fellow.)
The push for reparations includes active efforts from Indigenous people, New Mexicans whose land grant rights from the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo have been ignored, and the descendants of the African slaves throughout the US.
Below are links to several information sources on reparations efforts by all three groups. What are your thoughts on these causes?