African American is an esoteric phrase. It is understood yet applied by a small interest of people. Does the black population identify as African or Black? It depends on one's need to claim their African heritage or place of origin. This need becomes more important when economically beneficial in receiving benefits, contracts or reparations. Reparations is an esoteric phrase understood by few yet impacting all Americans. The people who deserved reparations lived 150 years ago. Today's American population is still bothered by the lost causes of the South and Reconstruction. We ought to acknowledge them and move forward but not with statues or relief packages. I am proposing a virtual economy for these lost causes. How much is being an American worth to you?