“And so we must imagine a new country. Reparations—by which I mean the full acceptance of our collective biography and its consequences—is the price we must pay to see ourselves squarely.”

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Ta-Nehisi Coates, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

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FAQ

Reparations Framed in the Unitarian Universalist Values

Interdependence

Reparations underscore our interconnectedness, recognizing that addressing past injustices is essential for relationships of care and respect.

Equity

Seeking reparations is a vital step towards achieving equity, correcting historical imbalances and ensuring that everyone has equal opportunities and resources.

Transformation

Reparations represent a path of personal growth, spiritually and ethically, towards healing and reconciliation, challenging us to confront systemic injustices and create a more just and inclusive future for generations to come.

Pluralism

Embracing reparations celebrates diversity and pluralism, acknowledging the unique experiences and contributions of different communities while working towards a more inclusive and equitable society.

Generosity

Offering reparations is an act of generosity and compassion, demonstrating a willingness to acknowledge past wrongs and make amends for the benefit of those who have been marginalized or oppressed.

Justice

Reparations are a crucial aspect of seeking amends, ensuring that those who have suffered from historical injustices receive the restitution and recognition they deserve, promoting fairness and equality in society.