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Never fully exorcised, the ghost of America’s original sins haunts nearly every aspect of our nation’s soul. How can we process our past and tell a new narrative of a just America?

Can we put a price tag on the genocide of indigenous tribes? How do we, as a nation, make amends for the enslavement, lynching, Jim Crow laws, redlining, and mass incarceration experienced by African-Americans? Can these debts be paid?

In this #BHeard Town Hall we ask: is the time for reparations now?


Brian Vines


  • Katherine Franke: Professor at Columbia University, Author of the forthcoming book Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition
  • Coleman Hughes: Columnist at Quillette; Contributor at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal & The National Review
  • Noah Millman: Columnist, The Week
  • Chief Dwaine Perry: Chief of the Ramapough-Lunaape Nation
  • Rev. Mark Thompson: Host, Make It Plain; Member of N’COBRA
  • L. Joy Williams: Political Strategist & President, NAACP (Brooklyn Chapter)

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IBW21 (The Institute of the Black World 21st Century) is committed to enhancing the capacity of Black communities in the U.S. and globally to achieve cultural, social, economic and political equality and an enhanced quality of life for all marginalized people.