The Debt America Refuses to Pay: Part 2

The Debt America Refuses to Pay: Part 2

The formerly enslaved population of the U.S. was given no land, no property, no money. They received no restitution for deprivations they had been forced to endure under the “rule of law” – neither have their more than 30 million descendants. The nation that...
The Debt America Refuses to Pay: Part 1

The Debt America Refuses to Pay: Part 1

I am one of the more than 30 million descendants of American slavery. Our enslaved ancestors were shipped, sold, robbed, maimed, raped, murdered and otherwise wronged from 1619, when a Dutch ship named the White Lion arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, until slavery was...
What Does True Repentance Require?

What Does True Repentance Require?

Almost everywhere I turn, I bump into something smart that Leon Wieseltier said. That’s not to say that I always agree with him, but I admire his clarity of thought. He belongs in a cohort of public thinkers like Ellen Goodman, Michael Gerson, Michelle Singletary,...
Reaction & Response: Reparations for Black Americans

Reaction & Response: Reparations for Black Americans

In the aftermath of the Tulsa Race Massacre, a devastating wave of racial violence that decimated Black Wall Street in 1921, many Black Americans were not given the means to rebuild their businesses and restore the Greenwood district back to its former glory. The...
Greenwood, Come Forth! Reparations Now

Greenwood, Come Forth! Reparations Now

It felt as though God was weeping over the unearthing of history as the rain fell on Oaklawn Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last week. In 1921, unfounded allegations were leveled against Dick Rowland, a young African American man. The claim accused Rowland of assaulting...