Reparations

What is reparations to me?
It is not financial
It is not legislative
It is not policy based or retro-fit in any way.
Those answers
Accept as truth
The systems that created and continue the harm.
Those answers are the master’s tools.

Reparations to me is a new constitution.

A declaration that is not built on
Deliberate anti-black and anti-indigenous violence.

A governing document that does not merely tolerate
But celebrates all gender, sex and sexuality as the completion of humankind.

A public agreement that requires that mental, physical and emotional disability
Are not segregated, demeaned or erased by either intent, ignorance or shame.

A statement of universal affirmation for spirituality
Especially if that affirmation is of no spirituality at all.

Reparations for me would be this and so much more.

Reparations is a new constitution
That may not be called constitution
Or even covenant
But rather invitation
To wholeness, to aliveness
To life.

What is reparations to me?
It is a future that is only possible
Without the historical apparition
Or the exclusive tangible presence
Of whiteness
maleness
cisgender-ness
assumed able-bodied-ness
or Christian-ness
etched on fading parchment
blocking the way.

– ALD

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Read This…

Nathaniel E. Hocker

My friend Nathaniel Hocker just published this to his blog dailyekco: writings lesser known.  It was just the love letter I needed this morning and it has me wondering if maybe, just maybe interracial, non-binary, non-traditional couples are our best hope at survival.  The lessons that Nathaniel shares are like a blueprint for all of the learning and compassion and resilience and authenticity and humility we need in order to bust through the ongoing racial impasse in America.

Please read and enjoy!