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100 Facts On Reparations For Native Black Americans

100 Facts On Reparations For Native Black Americans


102. Reparations are a ‘collective debt that will have to be paid’

New York Times columnist David Brooks writes that he has traveled the country studying the things that divide Americans — urban/rural, red/blue, rich/poor. But the racial divide is different, he said. It “doesn’t feel like the other divides. There is a dimension of depth to it that the other divides don’t have. It is more central to the American experience.”

The reparations discussion has made people talk about the reasons behind the call for reparations. “One way to capture it is to say that the other divides are born out of separation and inequality, but the racial divide is born out of sin,” Brooks wrote. “We don’t talk about sin much in the public square anymore. But I don’t think one can grasp the full amplitude of racial injustice without invoking the darkest impulses of human nature.”

Slavery didn’t just affect Black people, it affected the entire society, especially morally, Brooks said. “Slavery doesn’t merely cause pain and suffering to the slave. It is a corruption that infects the whole society. It is a collective debt that will have to be paid.”

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