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I suspect some of you have enslavers in the relatively recent branches of the family tree. Who's willing to go this far to begin remedying a historic wrong on these shores?

...“My family owned seven people,” Ms. Marshall said. She wanted to know how to make it right.

Mr. Raiford was as surprised as anyone in the room. “Those older guys have probably never heard that from a white lady in their entire lives,” he recalled.

For almost three years now, with the fervor of the newly converted, Ms. Marshall has been on a quest that from the outside may seem quixotic and even naïve. She is diving into her family’s past and trying to chip away at racism in the Deep South, where every white family with roots here benefited from slavery and almost every Black family had enslaved ancestors.

“I don’t have a lot of money, but I have property,” she said during a walk on her farm last winter. “How am I going to use that for the greater good, and not in like a paying-penance sort of way but in an it’s-just-the-right-thing-to-do kind of way?”

It’s not easy finding anyone in this farming community of 26,000 she can talk to about white privilege, critical race theory or renewed calls for federal reparations. She can’t even get her cousins to stop flying the Confederate flag. It’s about heritage, not hate, they tell her...


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Individuals should be held accountable for their actions, not their offspring.

Tejas Level 7 July 5, 2021

My family is not related to u.s. slavery. But do you know who are. Most African Americans. The slave owners fornicated with female slaves to increase their number of slaves for free.

So… Should the people of China demand money from the people of Mongolia because of G. Khan’s invasion? Should the Americans demand money from Japanese kids for their great grandparents war crimes?

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