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CARICOM fiddles while Haiti explodes

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Ambassador Curtis A. Ward — Approximately 20 years since its last hearing on Haiti, the U.S. Congress is now paying attention to this troubled Caribbean country. This long overdue attention to the plight of the Haitian people must not be a one-off attempt. It should be the beginning of a concerted effort to help find ways to restore and strengthen Haiti’s fledgling democracy, build the country’s rule of law…

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Documentary crew at work during Evanston's City Council Reparations Subcommittee meeting.

Evanston Reparations panel looks toward expansion

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Bill Smith, Evanston Now — With a documentary video crew from New York recording the session, Evanston’s City Council Reparations Subcommittee met on January 10, 2020 to consider adding new members and the types of programs it will seek to develop. Aldermen Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, and Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, are the only committee members at the moment, but Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward is expected to…

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Mourners carry a cross in Port-au-Prince, in January, 2019, to honor the victims of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti

Haiti Faces Difficult Questions Ten Years After a Devastating Earthquake

By Editors' Choice

By Edwidge Danticat, The New Yorker — This past December, as what would have been my mother’s eighty-fourth birthday approached, I kept dreaming of death. In the most frequent of these dreams, my mother, who died, of ovarian cancer, in October, 2014, in Miami, is telling me to run out of the single-story house where I spent most of my childhood, in Port-au-Prince, before the house falls on top of me…

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Meghan Markle

Black Britons Know Why Meghan Markle Wants Out

By Commentaries/Opinions

It’s the racism. By Afua Hirsch, NYT — The British press has succeeded in its apparent project of hounding Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, out of Britain. The part it perhaps didn’t bargain for, however, is the loss of Prince Harry — a much loved royal and a key part of the family’s global brand — along with her. In a statement released this week, the couple said they want to “carve out…

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Gov. Phil Bryant / Mike Espy

Far-right Mississippi governor predicts ‘1000 years of darkness’ if state elects first black senator in over 139 years

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet — When Democrat Mike Espy lost Mississippi’s special U.S. Senate runoff election to Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in 2018, he performed relatively well for a Democrat in a deep red state: Espy won 46% of the vote. Espy is running against Hyde-Smith again in 2020, and far-right Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is predicting that terrible things will happen if Espy wins. Journalist Joe Jurado analyzes Bryant’s…

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Glasgow-UWI

Historic reparations projects begins… Glasgow-UWI initiative to focus on three pillars

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Barbados Today — The historic Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research, a joint initiative of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) and the University of Glasgow, has begun its work. It is the first institution within British University history, dedicated to the slavery reparations policy framework. The Centre’s Board of Directors met at The UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados on December 18, 2019. Co-chaired by Professor Simon…

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Understanding ADOS: The Movement to Hijack Black Identity and Weaken Black Unity. By Jessica Ann Mitchell Aiwuyor.

Understanding ADOS: The Movement to Hijack Black Identity and Weaken Black Unity

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Jessica Ann Mitchell Aiwuyor — The term “American Descendants of Slavery” (ADOS) was created in 2016 to describe and distinctly separate Black Americans/African Americans from Black immigrant communities (Africans, Afro-Caribbeans, Afro-Latinos, etc). The movement claims to advocate for reparations on behalf of Black Americans. However, this movement’s leadership is linked to right-wing media and white supremacists that have a history of attempting to cause divisions in the Black community.

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African/African American Unity

Understanding the Division Between African Americans and Africans

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Dwayne Wong (Omowale) — The slave trade not only physically separated African Americans and Africans, but it created a psychological separation as well. At the root of this continued division between the two groups are misconceptions rooted in the narratives that each group has been given about themselves, as well as each other. As African people we continue to view ourselves and each other through the lens of the…

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Opal Tometi

Black Lives Matter is Alive and Well

By Editors' Choice

By Opal Tometi, The Guardian Nigeria — The murder of Trayvon Benjamin Martin in 2012 and the acquittal of the ‘killer cop’ George Zimmerman revealed an already-established fact: the Black race’s freedom is only an illusion. Standing on the shoulders of his death, three black women, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi will rise in 2013 to start a revolutionary movement called Black Lives Matter. A few weeks later, millions…

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‘Unfortunately for us, there is no William Monroe Trotter in 2020. Nor is there a Boston Guardian demanding that the black press “hold a mirror up to nature”.’

The radical black newspaper that declared ‘none are free unless all are free’

By Editors' Choice

In 1901, William Trotter founded an other Guardian – the Boston Guardian – to ‘hold a mirror up to nature’. We could use something similar today, writes Kerri Greenidge. By Kerri Greenidge — In 1901, William Monroe Trotter founded the Guardian newspaper in Boston. At that time, the more famous Guardian – the one you’re now reading – was published in Manchester, and Trotter had never traveled further than Chillicothe, Ohio.…

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