|Dear Catalyst community,
Today on Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the abolition of slavery, Black people across the country will be taking back land and reclaiming space, from vacant lots to empty school buildings. These actions are about the broken promises of reparations, and about where wealth comes from – who has benefited and who has been harmed.
For white people, this is an incredible opportunity to both support these efforts, and have conversations about reparations. Where does the financial wealth in white communities come from? Whose land, labor, and lives were stolen to build it – from Black communities to Indigenous communities and beyond. How do we help redistribute these resources, whether or not they sit in our family’s hands? What else do we owe?