Reparations: Racial Justice in America Depends on Understanding the Truth of Our Past

It's time we start having honest, direct conversations about reparations. August will mark the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved people being sold into bondage in America. America used 246 years of enslaving millions of African Americans to enrich, develop, and create our nation. And for the last 154 years, we have avoided confronting this horrific history and its continuing legacy.  

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee showed leadership by re-introducing H.R. 40, a bill to establish a commission to study reparations proposals for African Americans. And this time, the nation is paying attention like never before. To further this conversation at this historic moment, the ACLU invited prominent Black thinkers and activists to write about why reparations are needed to right the wrongs of the past and the legacy of those wrongs that continue to 2019. 

These articles and essays are merely the beginning of a necessary conversation that we as a nation have put off for far too long. Justice, however, demands it, and the ACLU couldn’t be more honored to provide a forum for these critical voices. 

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