Cotton from a bale sold at the New York Cotton Exchange, which Southern merchants like the Lehman Brothers made into the leading cotton futures market, 1875

‘The Lehman Trilogy’ and Wall Street’s Debt to Slavery

By | Editors' Choice, Reparations

By Sarah Churchwell — Ever since the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers precipitated a global financial crisis, the bank’s dramatic reversal of fortune has been treated as an allegory of the history of American capitalism. It starts as a rags-to-riches fable of bootstrapping success, in which nineteenth-century German-Jewish immigrants thrive in the land of opportunity, a family of hardworking immigrants warmly welcomed to the growing nation, where they build a…

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Black Men Challenge Narratives About Black Fatherhood

Black Men Challenge Narratives About Black Fatherhood

By | News & Current Affairs

Father’s Day Events Celebrate Black Fathers, Provide Resources By Sam P. K. Collins — As Father’s Day approaches, the conversation among some Black fathers in the District has focused on how best to counter the barrage of messages that frame them as negligent, despite recent data that proves otherwise. In the spirit of meeting that goal, upcoming community gatherings will serve as celebratory platforms to examine the social and emotional…

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Prof Verene Shepherd, Vice Chair CARICOM Reparations Commission, speaking at the press conference.

CARICOM Reparations Commission Expands List of Countries to be Targeted for Reparations

By | News & Current Affairs, Reparations

(Issued on behalf of the CARICOM Reparations Commission) This announcement was made by the Vice-Chair of the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC), Prof Verene Shepherd at a press conference held at the Regional Headquarters of The University of the West Indies (UWI) on June 10. She also revealed that the CRC was in the process of preparing a new round of letters of demand to be presented to additional countries identified…

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Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democratic representative from Texas, is sponsoring the resolution on reparations.

Reparations for slavery to get a hearing in Congress

By | News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and Actor Danny Glover to testify House subcommittee will discuss issue on 19 June – ‘Juneteenth’ The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade with the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House of Representatives panel. 6.19.19 Event NAARC and ACLU Present a National Forum: Healing and Reconciliation, HR-40 and the…

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HR-40 and the African American Quest for Reparations, Part I — June 10th Edition of Vantage Point Radio

By | Reparations, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio | No Comments

RECORDED 6/10/19 — On this edition of Vantage Point Radio, the Professor Dr. Ron Daniels talks with Atty. Nkechi Taifa: The Taifa Group Consulting and National African American Reparations Commission – NAARC, Rubbie L. Hodge: Author of the poem Lift Ev’ry Voice and Scream: A Cry for Reparations and callers about HR-40 and the African American Quest for Reparations.

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Watch Segregated By Design - Examine the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.

Segregated By Design

By | Editors' Choice, Gentrification, Video/Audio

 Education That Leads to Legislation By segregatedbydesign.com — ‘Segregated By Design’ examines the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy. Prejudice can be birthed from a lack of understanding the historically accurate details of the past. Without being aware of the unconstitutional residential policies the United States government enacted during the middle of the…

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Mansa Musa, the king of Mali, approached by a Berber on camelback; detail from The Catalan Atlas, attributed to the Majorcan mapmaker Abraham Cresques, 1375

Africa’s Lost/Forgotten Kingdoms

By | Reparations

By Howard W. French, NYR — There is a broad strain in Western thought that has long treated Africa as existing outside of history and progress; it ranges from some of our most famous thinkers to the entertainment that generations of children have grown up with. There are Disney cartoons that depict barely clothed African cannibals merrily stewing their victims in giant pots suspended above pit fires.1 Among intellectuals there is…

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Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas), speaking during a House committee hearing.

The point of talking about reparations is to reckon with generations of racial injustice

By | Reparations

HR 40 is about more than money. It’s about grappling with history. By The Christian Century — In a widely discussed 2014 essay in the Atlantic titled “The Case for Reparations,” Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote that a debate on recompensing African Americans for the injustices of slavery might locate a debt “so large it can’t be imagined, let alone calculated and dispensed.” Even so, Coates said, addressing the question is essential to…

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"It is transnational corporations, the stand-ins of yesterday's British empire—often aided by an enthusiastic national bourgeoisie—that have robbed the Ghanaian people of sovereignty over their resources, their wealth, and their future," writes Celina della Croce.

98.3 Percent of Ghana’s Gold Remains in the Hands of Multinational Corporations

By | News & Current Affairs

The disproportionate focus on corruption of national leaders distracts from the systemic theft of national wealth by multinational corporations By Celina della Croce — Every year, the vast majority of Ghana’s natural wealth is stolen. The country is among the largest exporters of gold in the world, yet—according to a study by the Bank of Ghana—less than 1.7 percent of global returns from its gold make their way back to the Ghanaian…

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Black Lives Matter Poster

The Racist Roots of American Policing: from Slave Patrols to Traffic Stops

By | Commentaries/Opinions

But the persistence of racially biased policing means that unless American policing reckons with its racist roots, it is likely to keep repeating mistakes of the past. Connie Hassett-Walker, The Conversation — Outrage over racial profiling and the killing of African Americans by police officers and vigilantes in recent years helped give rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. But tensions between the police and black communities are nothing new. There are many precedents to the Ferguson,…

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