What Is Owed: Without Economic Justice, There Can Be No True Equality – The New York Times
Nikole Hannah-Jones makes a straight forward and compelling case for revisiting the idea of reparations. This is an important must read. But, I wanted to take the time to focus on this.
The way we are taught this in school, Lincoln “freed the slaves,” and then the nearly four million people who the day before had been treated as property suddenly enjoyed the privileges of being Americans like everyone else. We are not prodded to contemplate what it means to achieve freedom without a home to live in, without food to eat, a bed to sleep on, clothes for your children or money to buy any of it.
As I’ve said many times before. History is not binary, it is nuanced. And, those that have followed for even the past few days know, my family is full of exceptions…
You see, my Great-Great-Great Grandfather on my Grandmothers paternal side (I.e. not the Blacksmith in Kentucky) was able to purchase 40 acres of land immediately following emancipation with the help of his wife’s former owner (I’ll spare you the long story of the whys and how’s of that).
With the production of that land, he was able to put all nine of his children through college. This set forth a legacy of college education for every single one of his descendants. Every single one.
That land is now 140 acres and is still in the family.
So, I have direct knowledge of the difference such reparations would have made. I’m a living example of it.
In the woods – annie mueller
“Here there are not scenes but surroundings, and that’s why this part of the country doesn’t work for postcards. It’s not one piece of it that gets you but how it keeps going, how it creeps up slow behind you, how it keeps rolling out in front of you. The generosity of it. The acceptance in it: of you, of the world, of being unnoticed, of just being.”
“They waste their years in vain to become some other poet, some other saint.”
— Thomas Merton, shared by my friend Andō, one of the very few people whose work I support via Patreon. I open my inbox daily to such beauty. It’s the most valuable few dollars I spend.
My wife writes about Dinner in White. What an amazing and very special evening.
There’s no scientific or genetic basis for race.
A personal example: Despite the fact that everyone on both sides of my family identified as African-American going back several generations, and that I myself identify as African-American, according to my DNA I am 50.6% White European (25% England, 14% Ireland/Scotland/Wales, and the rest from a few other Europe west countries).
Colin Walker is a Survivor. I’m thankful for him and everyone willing to stand up and be visible.
Interesting fact: Prince recorded Purple Rain live. Here’s the actual video of the performance with commentary added. A master at work.