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As Juneteenth becomes a federal holiday, the US needs a culture of reparations

By Reparations

By Andre M. Perry and Rashawn Ray, The Brookings Institution — There is a widespread belief that reparations for Black people is too tough a pill to swallow for most Americans. Even those who support reparations say we should pursue only a narrowly tailored congressional act, eschewing smaller-scale, municipal, state, and institutional programs. Such self-imposed limitations dismiss the legitimate claims for real damages that states, cities, universities, churches, and companies…

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How the George Floyd Uprising Was Framed for White Eyes

By Commentaries/Opinions

Front-page photography once again made Black rebellion suitable for white liberal consumption. By Ramenda Cyrus, Mother Jones — In 1963, Walter Gadsden, 15 years old, was attacked by a police dog during a protest on the streets of Birmingham, Alabama. The moment was captured by Bill Hudson of the Associated Press. His photograph was later said to have brought the world to the side of the civil rights movement—a grand claim…

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Judge halts billions in debt relief for farmers of color as white farmers, conservative groups sue

By News & Current Affairs

By Andrea Salcedo — In the months since Congress included around $4 billion in the latest stimulus bill to forgive loans for Black and other minority farmers, thousands of them have been pushing to finally see the money. The Department of Agriculture promised to start paying for loans this month. But now, that relief is again on hold thanks to a lawsuit brought by a conservative group on behalf of…

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Prof Sir Hilary Beckles: The Economics of Chattel Slavery in the Caribbean and the Americas

By Reparations

Watch Video — Professor Sir Hilary Beckles delivers speech “The Economics of Chattel Slavery in the Caribbean and the Americas.” during the May 20, 2021 virtual symposium on “Reparations Under International Law”. This symposium was co-sponsored by the Center for Reparations Research at the University of the West Indies (CRR) and the American Society of International Lawyers (ASIL)

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Kansas City, MO, USA.

Communities across the country are talking about reparations. What about Kansas City?

By Reparations

Kansas City groups are talking about reparations as cities such as Evanston, Illinois, either implement or discuss their own programs to address past harm to Black residents. By Jonathan Shorman — Every Congressional session for nearly three decades, the late Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan introduced HR 40, calling for a national commission to study the impact of slavery and discriminatory policies on African Americans and to recommend remedies,…

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Mitt Romney

American democracy is fighting for its life – and Republicans don’t care

By Commentaries/Opinions

If Joe Manchin won’t vote yes on the For the People Act, Biden needs to convince one Republican senator – and that’s not going to happen. By Robert Reich, The Guardian — Note: This article was originally published on June 8, 2021 On Sunday, the West Virginia senator Joe Manchin announced in an op-ed in the Charleston Gazette-Mail that he opposes the For the People Act. He also opposes ending…

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Map of the West Bank, the Israeli occupied Palestinian territory. Palestinian areas are green. Blue areas are Israeli-controlled.

It’s apartheid, say Israeli ambassadors to South Africa

By Commentaries/Opinions

“It is clearer than ever that the occupation is not temporary, and there is not the political will in the Israeli government to bring about its end.” By Ilan Baruch and Alon Liel — During our careers in the foreign service, we both served as Israel’s ambassador to South Africa. In this position, we learned firsthand about the reality of apartheid and the horrors it inflicted. But more than that…

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Rev. Dr. Robert Turner

Pastor Persists In Efforts To Get Reparations For Tulsa Massacre Victims

By Reparations

Over the course of a day-and-a half in late May and early June 1921, a white mob, angered by the alleged assault of a white woman by a black man, burned and looted the predominantly black Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The damage covered 35 city blocks, destroying nearly 200 businesses, displacing about 10,000 residents. Hundreds were killed in the Tulsa race massacre, deemed one of the deadliest riots in U.S….

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Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris’s “Do Not Come” Message Was a Political Failure

By Commentaries/Opinions

The administration says it’s only concerned about the safety of migrants. Its actions continue to put them in danger. By Pedro Gerson, Slate — It may seem that there are few policy areas where Democrats and Republicans are more divided than immigration. After all, while former President Trump let xenophobia and cruelty towards migrants drive his policy decisions, President Biden has promised to implement policies that “promote integration, inclusion, and…

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Vantage Point: Remembering Black Boy and the Legacy of Richard Wright with Julia Wright

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Monday, June 14, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Julia Wright. Topic Remembering Black Boy and the Legacy of Richard Wright Special Guest Julia Wright, Social Justice Activist, Writer, Daughter of Richard Wright, Paris, France Plus The Professor on the Soap Box Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York…

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Homes in Lake Charles - Hurricane Laura in 2020

Why Does Disaster Aid Often Favor White People?

By News & Current Affairs

The federal government often gives less help to Black disaster survivors than their white neighbors. That’s a challenge for President Biden, who has vowed to fight both inequality and climate change. By Christopher Flavelle, New York Times — Roy Vaussine and Charlotte Biagas live in modest, single-story homes about a dozen miles apart in southwest Louisiana. When Hurricane Laura tore through their community last August, the damage was nearly identical….

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Dr. Shirley Weber

California Reparations Committee Confronts Harms of Slavery, Debates Direct Payments

By Reparations

By Jackie Botts, Jackie Bottz, Cal Matters — For more than three decades, Black members of Congress have introduced legislation to study the lasting harms of slavery on African Americans, and propose remedies. Year after year, the federal proposal languished. Now, California is doing it alone. This month, California’s first-in-the-nation task force to study reparations met for the first time, kicking off a two-year process to study the consequences of slavery…

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