The Centre for Reparation Research at The University of the West Indies confronts claims by British Treasury

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February 21, 2018 — Media Conference: The Centre for Reparation Research at The University of the West Indies confronts claims by British Treasury. Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor, The UWI & Chair, Caricom Reparation Commission The Hon. Lester Michael Henry, Minister of Transport and Works, Jamaica Professor Verene Shepherd, Director, The Centre for Reparation Research, The UWI Lord Anthony Gifford, National Council on Reparation, Jamaica Also see these related articles…

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After the Sale: Slaves Going South from Richmond by Eyre Crowe, 1853 (Now hanging in the Chicago History Museum)

The Second Amendment was ratified to preserve slavery

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By Thom Hartmann, AlterNet — The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says “State” instead of “Country” (the Framers knew the difference – see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, which was necessary to get Virginia’s vote. Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear on that . . . and we all should be too.

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Movie Black Panther

The Tragedy of Erik Killmonger

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The revolutionary ideals of Black Panther’s profound and complex villain have been twisted into a desire for hegemony. Black Panther is a love letter to people of African descent all over the world. Its actors, its costume design, its music, and countless other facets of the film are drawn from all over the continent and its diaspora, in a science-fiction celebration of the imaginary country of Wakanda, a high-tech utopia that is a fictive manifestation of African potential unfettered by slavery and colonialism.

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Latin American Presidents. From left to right: Evo Morales (Bolivia), José Mujica (Uruguay), Dilma Rousseff (Brazil), Cristina Fernandez (Argentina), Rafael Correa (Ecuador) in 2014

The Strategic Challenge for the Latin American Left

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Mass-Media has become the main opposition to the progressive governments of the region. By Rafael Correa, Telesur — After the long and sad neoliberal night of the 1990s – which broke entire nations like Ecuador – and since Hugo Chávez won the Presidency of the Republic of Venezuela at the end of 1998, the rightist governments of the continent began to be overthrown like houses of cards, bringing Popular governments and aligned with ‘Socialism of Good Living’ across our America.

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Black Women Are The Embodiment Of Black Glory

Black Women Are The Embodiment Of Black Glory

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By Tyece Wilkins — In the basement of East City Bookshop on a brisk D.C. night, Morgan Jerkins filled the room with her signature blend of intellect and style. It was the fifth night of her 17-stop tour for This Will Be My Undoing, a book I’d stumbled upon only a few days prior and instantly fallen head over heels in love with. My copy was already beginning to wear at…

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The Cameron Deception: The UK Refuses To Apologize For Slavery While Paying Off Debts Up To 2015

The Cameron Deception: The UK Refuses To Apologize For Slavery While Paying Off Debts Up To 2015

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On September 30, 2015 when Prime Minister David Cameron of Great Britain & Northern Ireland addressed the Jamaican Parliament and told the people of the island and region that slavery was a long time ago and that it was time black people ‘get over it’, he was not speaking the truth. He was speaking the greatest falsehood of the modern era in respect of the crime of British slavery. He…

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Cotton Harvest with dog lying in pile of cotton. Six pickers face toward the camera. On the far left is the presumed plantation owner holding still for Coovert's exposure

To Remake the World: Slavery, Racial Capitalism, and Justice — Peniel Joseph’s Response

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Cotton Harvest with dog lying in pile of cotton. Six pickers face toward the camera. On the far left is the presumed plantation owner holding still for Coovert’s exposure. Photo by Coovert, Memphis/Shelby County Library collection. A Response to Walter Johnson By Peniel Joseph — Read Walter Johnson’s article here. Black humanity is unexceptional, Walter Johnson exhorts. Once we have taken up the debate of humanization versus dehumanization under slavery,…

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Cotton weighing during harvest time in the Mississippi Delta

To Remake the World: Slavery, Racial Capitalism, and Justice — By Walter Johnson

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By Walter Johnson — In Memory of Cedric Robinson (1940–2016) It is a commonplace to say that slavery “dehumanized” enslaved people, but to do so is misleading, harmful, and worth resisting. I hasten to add that there are, of course, plenty of right-minded reasons for adopting the notion of “dehumanization.” It is hard to square the idea of millions of people being bought and sold, of systematic sexual violation, natal…

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Haiti: The real life Black Panther’s Wakanda with Badass Women Warriors Too

Haiti: The real life Black Panther’s Wakanda with Badass Women Warriors Too

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By Betty Media, Medium.com — On Thursday night, as I sat watching Ryan Coogler’s film Black Panther, based on the comic by Marvel, I couldn’t help wondering, is Wakanda, Haiti? My mind was racing. There was so much to unpack. I thought of the economic power of the African American community, Coogler showing the conflict between African Americans and Africans, (something I identified right away being a Haitian Canadian), and…

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Black Panther

Black Panther: Afrofuturism Gets a Superb Film, Marvel Grows Up and I Don’t Know How to Review It

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By Andrew Stewart —  Note: At the outset I would like to acknowledge the profound debt this essay owes the work of Dr. Jared Ball, Dr. Todd Burroughs, and the website ImixWhatILike, all of whom have produced amazing criticism in the lead-up and on the release weekend of this film. I began studying Africa and the diaspora, including African American culture, in my undergraduate studies at RIC. My exposure and…

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