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Reparations: listening

Reparations: listening

From the PBS station KTOO in Juneau, Alaska, an interview with Katrina Browne and Juanita Brown about the documentary Traces of the Trade, slavery in the northeastern U.S. and the story of a slave-trading family.

(Katrina Browne) “…there’s a great story at a screening that we did at an Episcopal diocese. A white Episcopalian woman said, “I’d love to ask the black Episcopalians here what their definition of reparations is.” And the first person who came up to the microphone was an elderly black woman and she said, “Thank you for asking because there are as many different definitions of reparations as there are black Americans, and mine is…. and she answered for herself and then beautifully one person after another came up and gave it was a great reminder that it totally different definitions. …needs to be a dialogue and a process rather than in the media when it gets portrayed, it’s usually: it’s just about checks to individuals and that’s crazy. People think it’s one thing and it’s an easy thing to fight over. what about making it a really heart-to-heart dialogue about what is broken and what needs to be repaired?”

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