NEW YORK — In the past year, there has been a surge of interest among U.S. religious groups in the concept of racism-linked reparations.
It's particularly notable among long-established Protestant denominations that were active during the era of slavery.
In one example, the Episcopal Diocese of Texas is pledging $13 million while acknowledging that its first bishop in 1859 was a slaveholder.
In Minnesota, the state Council of Churches is launching a “truth and reparations" initiative engaging its 25 member denominations.
As historical background, the council is citing a host of injustices, ranging from mid-19th century atrocities against Native Americans to police killings of Black people.