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A 200-Year-Old Crime Is Back In The Spotlight — And An Apology Just Won’t Do

There’s no arguing that slavery was (and is) a crime against humanity. But hundreds of years after the Atlantic slave trade, justice is yet to be served. These Caribbean nations want to change that. And they’re not just looking for an apology.See 3:20 for a completely reasonable response to an all-too-common argument against what these countries are proposing. The gentlemen at 7:20 explain that this isn't just about money. What's their endgame? See 15:47.

A 200-Year-Old Crime Is Back In The Spotlight — And An Apology Just Won’t Do

We're not just talking about one tiny island state here. Fourteen countries, the populations of which are 80% descendants of enslaved Africans, have banded together in bringing this lawsuit to 11 European governments. It'll be an uphill battle, for sure, but hopefully what we're seeing is a renewed energy around righting this astounding wrong.


In 1952, Germany signed a reparations agreement to provide financial support for Holocaust survivors who fled to Israel. So this initiative isn't without precedent. Hopefully the governments responsible for the historical abuses under the rule of white supremacy will follow in their footsteps.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.