Reparations: A Quaker’s Tool For Integrity

“Reparations is a tool for living in integrity,” Lucy Duncan, one of the co-founders of reparationWorks, says. For Quakers, that involves coming to terms with their predecessors’ role in the slave trade, as well as other White supremacist practices. It’s about making an effort to “really surface that [history] and understand it as integral to who you’ve become… to metabolize the pain of reckoning with that—and also the possibility that comes from doing the healing and walking through it.”

“It’s a spiritual practice,” Lucy’s partner in reparationWorks, Rob Peagler, agrees. “An ethos, a set of actions, a set of values.” From that spiritual work, they hope, Friends will eventually find practical solutions for redressing centuries of racial inequity. “We don’t know what the answer is—we haven’t done it yet!”

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