Miniver Cheevy blogs about Juneteenth. He's got a lovely idea for symbolic reparations, but symbolism isn't enough. And, I wonder if he's right that these coins would circulate, or if they'd become family keepsakes. It would be interesting to find out, though.
My family came to America long after the Civil War, but as a white American I've reaped the benefits of slavery's ugly legacy -- the privilege that comes from being white in a racist society. Reparations can never "make it ok." But they are the right thing to do.
I'm a woman, a Witch, a mother, a grandmother, an eco-feminist, a gardener, a reader, a writer, and a priestess of the Great Mother Earth. Hecate appears in the
Homeric Ode to Demeter, which tells of Hades who caught Persophone
"up reluctant on his golden car and bare her away lamenting. . . . But no one, either of the deathless gods or of mortal men, heard her voice, nor yet the olive-trees bearing rich fruit: only tenderhearted Hecate, bright-coiffed, the daughter of Persaeus, heard the girl from her cave . . . ."