Much of the current discussion around reparations becomes quickly ensnared in the practical difficulties of what reparations would look like. In many circles, even bringing up the subject of reparations is contentious and a thoughtful discussion around the subject never gets off the ground.
We seek to devise a solution to this issue by developing tools and strategies to help those interested in reparations find common ground with those who find reparations unnecessary or inappropriate. We envision holding monthly Common Ground workshops. These workshops will include breakout group discussions where students from all backgrounds and perspectives can debate the purpose and structure of reparations. We recognize that a complete conversation about reparations needs to include a variety of voices, not just those who are already in agreement with each other. We believe that healthy disagreement can ultimately produce a better result. In order to initiate a broad conversation about reparations, we need to start on common ground.