Reparations Resource Center
By Dr. Julianne Malveaux
February 17, 2017
When he addressed the Southern Christian Leadership Council in 1967, in his speech, “Where Do We Go From Here?” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. noted “ Of the good things in life, the Negro has approximately one half those of whites. of the bad things of life, he has twice those of whites. Thus half of all Negroes live in substandard housing. And Negroes have half the income of whites. When we view the negative experiences of life, the Negro has a double share. There are twice as many unemployed. The rate of infant mortality among Negroes is double that of whites and there are twice as many Negroes dying in Vietnam as whites in proportion to their size in the population.” The data have changed, but only slightly. The history of enslavement is the basis for these gaps, and so many others, including the level of incarceration among African Americans, and especially including the massive wealth gap between whites and African Americans, who have just 2 percent of our nation’s wealth. There is no question about the role enslavement plays in these gaps, and there is no question that reparations would help close gaps.
The National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) is launching a nation-wide initiative to address the large debt that African American and other students of color take on to receive a college education. Given the wealth created for many institutions of higher education based on slavery, slave trading, and the labor of enslaved Africans and African Americans, we are calling upon students at Harvard and other universities to assemble at the Knafel Center, Harvard University, on Friday, March 1, 2017 to demand that reparations in general, and reparations to cover student debt in particular, be addressed at the conference. The ultimate goal is for students of African descent to graduate from these colleges or universities debt free.
In the spirit of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action of 2001, which declared the Atlantic Slave Trade and chattel slavery as crimes against humanity, to directly confront racism, we urge the Women’s March 8 mobilization to embrace the growing national and global movement for reparatory justice.
By Barbara Krauthamer
Over the past few days, the national climate has grown increasingly tense over the issue of “sanctuary” cities and states. Local communities, including some college and university campuses, have pledged to shield undocumented children and adults from President Donald Trump’s proposals for deportation. Municipalities and campuses remain steadfast even in the face of the president’s threats to withhold federal funding from these communities.
By Richard Sudan
The world is changing fast. For the first time since the Cold War, the dynamic of power in the world is shifting. Since WWII, the United States and its Western and European allies have dominated world politics.
Now, with the emergence and strengthening of the BRICS economies, and with the false reasons for war in recent years fully exposed, this shift is set to continue, with Western hegemony being challenged, although not nearly quickly enough for nations still on the receiving end of the empire’s wrath.
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