Reparations

Article, a limrick and a Haiku

Reparations are a hot topic these days, and for good reason. The idea that we should make amends for the sins of our past is not a new one, but it has gained new urgency in recent years. And yet, there are still those who are resistant to the idea, who believe that it will only further divide us as a nation.

But let’s be real here. Are we not already divided? Do we not live in a country where the color of your skin can determine your life outcomes? Do we not live in a country where our history of slavery, genocide, and systemic oppression continues to reverberate through our society today?

Reparations are not about dividing us further. They are about acknowledging our past and taking steps towards a more equitable future. They are about recognizing the work of fallible humans, and the harm that we have caused to one another. They are about making things right.

So, to those who are resistant to the idea of reparations, I have to ask: what are you so afraid of? Are you afraid that you will have to give up something? Are you afraid that you will have to confront uncomfortable truths about our history? Are you afraid that you will have to recognize the harm that you have caused, whether knowingly or unknowingly?

Well, I hate to break it to you, but those uncomfortable truths are already staring us in the face. And we can either confront them head-on and work towards a better future, or we can continue to deny them and perpetuate the status quo.

Reparations are not a panacea. They will not solve all of our problems overnight. But they are an important step towards acknowledging the harm that we have caused and working to rectify it. They are a step towards a more just and equitable society for all.

Limerick:

Reparations, oh what a fuss,

Some think they’re too much of a plus.

But we’re already split, By the color of it,

Let’s make things right, and do what we must.

Haiku:

Reparations call,

To see the world as it is,

And make it better.

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