A MORMON AMONG THE REPARATIONISTS; A REPARATIONIST AMONG THE MORMONS Recently, there has been an increase in discussions about reparations to Blacks. Many proposals call for some combination of investigation, apology, and monetary compensation to slave descendants. As a Mormon and a reparations advocate, I’m in a no-man’s-land. Colleagues who support reparations have negative views of the Church, and Church friends are skeptical of the idea of reparations. Both sides can learn from each other. For example, reparations scholarship can draw on the history of Mormon claims for redress. Similarly, there are many reasons, based on Mormon doctrine, culture, and history, why Latter-day Saints should support slavery reparations. In this 150th anniversary year of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, we need to think seriously about concepts such as group harm, restitution, atonement, and reconciliation. Slavery reparations provides a good lens for this examination.
KAIMPONO (KAIMI) D. WENGER and PAUL TINKER