George Adam Keller Jr. with Rachel Butler in 1889, whom George Adam Keller Sr. had formerly enslaved.

Personal Reparations

Sarah Eisner
6 min readOct 24, 2019

When reparations discussions began to make big news, I didn’t need to understand what, exactly, was being proposed — money, acknowledgements, land, legislation — in order to know in my bones that they were due. The ways in which wealth was built on the backs of Black folks but kept well out of their hands was something my body carried and knew. Then, I knew it vaguely. Now, I know it intimately.

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Sarah Eisner

Writer, reader, compulsive swimmer and apple fritter eater.