DIY Reparations in Vermont : Planet Money Some Vermonters were tired of waiting around for reparations. So they decided to take matters into their own hands. | This episode was produced with our friends at Invisibilia. Check out their new season here.

DIY Reparations

DIY Reparations

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Today's show is adapted from the episode "Eat the Rich" from the NPR podcast Invisibilia.

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, Vermont college student Moirha Smith decided she was done waiting for reparations for all the harm that had been done to Black people from slavery up to the present day. So, along with some friends, she created a list where Black Vermonters could sign up to receive direct payments on Venmo from white Vermonters. It was an experiment both in how much people were willing to give and in how it felt to receive money from strangers in the name of racial justice. Thousands and thousands of dollars changed hands, but Vermonters were left with lots of questions, not least of which was: Did what just happened count as reparations?

For a longer version of this story, go check out Invisibilia, which has just launched a new season with new co-hosts.

Music: "You Got Me Started," and original music by Connor Lafitte, Connor Moore of CMoore Sounds, Solxis, and William Cashion.

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