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More US churches are committing to racism-linked reparations

Reparations Churches
Posted at 8:42 PM, Dec 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-13 21:43:18-05

NEW YORK — In the past year, there has been a surge of interest among U.S. religious groups in the concept of racism-linked reparations.

It's particularly notable among long-established Protestant denominations that were active during the era of slavery.

In one example, the Episcopal Diocese of Texas is pledging $13 million while acknowledging that its first bishop in 1859 was a slaveholder.

In Minnesota, the state Council of Churches is launching a “truth and reparations" initiative engaging its 25 member denominations.

As historical background, the council is citing a host of injustices, ranging from mid-19th century atrocities against Native Americans to police killings of Black people.