Sep. 2, 2021

Reparations Due: Reparations Now

"The Environmental Protection Agency study, released days after Hurricane Ida battered Black communities in Louisiana, finds that Americans of color are more likely to die or lose work from extreme heat due to climate change. The report, which examines what will happen if the planet warms 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) compared to pre-industrial levels, projects Black people are 40 percent more likely to live in places where extreme temperatures will cause higher mortality. We must understand and comprehend our current and future African Americans' position, economically, socially, environmentally, and healthwise in the United States. The position of African Americans isn't going to improve in this nation without fundamental and structural policies that will benefit our coming generations. The first and foremost directive that must be advanced and no longer can be ignored is a policy of reparations that is due to our black communities. You can call this gap-closer anything you want if the term reparations offend you, but an economic gap-closer that will improve the standard of living for African Americans is vital and will be life-saving for black communities to protect those communities from further devastation due to the multiple negative factors that our communities will face in the coming decades. No more false promises will be acceptable from either political party. If we want our future generations to survive, not prosper but survive, reparations due is the only solution that can bring this to fruition."

Washington Post & Joe Hall