Reparations through fair systems
More than 300,000 men, women and children were taken to the U.S. from Africa, and generations were subsequently born into slavery. Our government approved of slavery. Our presidents and officials owned, traded, abused and killed black people. There is no amount of money that can ever compensate for those atrocities.
But could we in some way equalize today’s world? Couldn’t we improve the education system so that truly equal education would be possible? Couldn’t we improve the justice system so that truly we would have equal justice under the law?
We do not have slavery today, but we definitely do not have equality. Couldn’t we somewhat seek reparations by making today’s world more equal?
— Joan Nelson, LaGrange Park