While our country's legacy of racism and slavery remains our greatest moral black eye, the conversation around reparations has always been somewhat disingenuous-- it would be impossible to implement effectively, and we would face difficulties drawing the line since even many people who we would consider "white" have African American ancestry. What proportion is enough to be considered eligible? It would be a fundamentally racist conversation in and of itself. Moreover, we would then face additional questions of injustice: what about the genocide of Native Americans/First Nations? Or Chinese Americans? There is a much better solution: address the root causes of poverty, social injustice and disenfranchisement that constitute the institution of racism today, instead of dithering over how to address the complexities of the past.