Forty Acres Overdue: A Brooklyn Arts Group Talks Reparations


Forty Acres Overdue: A Brooklyn Arts Group Talks Reparations

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Illustration by Oliver Munday

A few Tuesdays ago, on a foggy side street in Clinton Hill, thirty-five New Yorkers — black and brown and white — sat in a wide circle inside JACK, a nonprofit community arts theater. On the agenda was a conversation about reparations for black Americans, part of a year-long series called Reparations365 hosted by JACK co-directors Alec Duffy and DeeArah Wright.

With Jeff Sessions’s anti–civil rights agenda now guiding our nation’s courts, it’s an unusual time to explore this long-controversial concept. But the staff at JACK says progressive Americans’ renewed faith in the power of collective …

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