Instead of focusing on Shockoe Bottom’s floods, its farmer’s market or randy saloons, a new piece I just wrote for Richmond.com is about righting the record of what was going on down there in the 1800’s, before the Civil War. And, get this — it makes no mention of baseball, whatsoever, but it does offer hope to those looking to improve that neighborhood.
“Doing the Right/Smart Thing” is about making an honest effort to properly understand the business of selling slaves.
When people speak of reparations for the descendants of slaves I understand the sentiment, but the idea of putting a dollar value on such a gesture explodes in my head. Good intentions, or not, it won’t work. The only thing we can do now, to do any justice to those who were sold like beasts of burden, is to tell their story as honestly as we can.
Click here to read the entire piece.