Repa­ra­tions through fair sys­tems

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - PERSPECTIV­E -

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

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