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What ADOS hashtag means and why.


In recent weeks as Democratic candidates have held debates over their bid for the Presidential nomination of the party, the national discussion has shifted from the U.S.-Mexico border and DACA, to a reckoning with America’s original sin: Chattel Slavery.


From Kamala Harris to Elizabeth Warren, candidates have announced they are for reparations and then shown a clear lack of understanding of what that commitment means in their respective solutions. What Senator Harris is proposing in her LIFT act, is a class-oriented response to an injustice that is grounded in race.


Senator Warren is suggesting she would include Native Americans in a reparations package, and Senator Bernie Sanders has put forth a stance that is tantamount to being against reparations altogether. A major driver for this discussion has been the online movement #ADOS, or American Descendants Of Slavery, which was founded by Antonio Moore and Yvette Carnell.


Our movement aims to make U.S. descendants of slavery whole by foregrounding the necessity of recompense for the wide-ranging damages done to black America throughout our nation’s history. A justice claim beginning with slavery, and encompassing the legacy of disadvantage which reaches right up to the present.


If America truly hopes to heal from the tragedy of slavery and the systemic racism that followed, the country will need to pay a multi-trillion dollar debt to American descendants of slavery in the form of both cash payments and large scale programs. When assessing the concept of reparations, the key factors we need to look at are: 1) how much would it cost, 2) who should receive it, and 3) how do we implement it. Stay tuned.

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