Skip to main content
Category

Reparations

Here you will find reparation news, articles and media posts

Slavery Memorial by sculptor Martin Puryear

Why reparations are always about more than money

By Reparations

From Germany to Georgetown, the Global North has a lot to learn about reckoning successfully with past human rights wrongs. By Kerry Whigham, The Conversation — Between 1904 and 1908, German soldiers and settler colonists killed about half of all Nama people and over 80% of the Herero ethnic group. On May 28, 2021, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas acknowledged that Germany committed genocide in what is today Namibia. Maas’ statement…

Read More
Environmental Academy

How the meticulous bookkeeping of two sisters led to reparations for Black people across the country

By Reparations

One program that benefited helps expose D.C. teenagers to nature, often for the first time. By Theresa Vargas, The Washington Post — The teenagers show up each Saturday to explore patches of nature in a city where it’s easy to forget so much greenery exists. Some of the middle-schoolers who come have grown up exploring the outdoors with relatives and learning the names of the wildlife around them. But most…

Read More
Frederick Douglass, 1850.

What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? By Frederick Douglass

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, held at Rochester’s Corinthian Hall. —— Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens: He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater distrust of my…

Read More
Eugene City Council Talks Reparations

Eugene City Council Talks Reparations

By Reparations

Eugene city councilors looked at reparations efforts in other cities across the country and discussed possibilities in Eugene. By Leo Baudhuin, Eugene Weekly — One year after Black Lives Matter protests swept the country, the city of Eugene is beginning discussions about reparations — or making amends by paying or otherwise supporting people who have been harmed, often by systemic discrimination. Councilor Greg Evans, who put the issue forward to…

Read More
Tiffany Crutcher and her father during their meeting with President Joe Biden in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tiffany Crutcher: What I Told President Biden in Tulsa

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

As a descendant of the Tulsa Race Massacre, I made the case for reparations. By Tiffany Crutcher, The Progressive — On June 1, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, President Joe Biden visited Tulsa’s historically Black Greenwood neighborhood. No other U.S. President had visited the site of one of the worst eruptions of racial violence in U.S. history, and Black people in Tulsa and around the nation anticipated…

Read More
Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and America’s first Black billionaire

America’s first Black billionaire wants his reparations check, now

By Reparations

The founder of BET is pushing a $14 trillion reparations proposal he says would provide enough to close the giant Black/white wealth gap. By Dion Rabouin, Vice — Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and America’s first Black billionaire, wants a check. He wants it from the government. And he wants it to come with an apology for slavery, Jim Crow, and hundreds of years of racism….

Read More
Virginia Theological Seminary

Their ancestors were enslaved workers. Now they’re getting $2,100 a year in reparations

By Reparations

For over a century, the Virginia Theological Seminary used Black Americans for forced labor. Now it’s determined to make amends. By Faith Karimi, CNN — Linda Johnson-Thomas’ grandfather worked at the Virginia Theological Seminary for more than a decade, first as a farm laborer before moving up to head janitor. Her grandparents lived in a little white house on campus with their four children, including her mother. But until two years ago,…

Read More
Jersey City, New Jersey

NJ legislators and activists renew efforts for a reparations task force

By Reparations

By James Ford, PIX 11 News — Because many people aren’t aware of northern states’ history of slavery, and because the descendants of those enslaved people have drastically less wealth now than white Americans, some legislators and activists in New Jersey are redoubling efforts to set up a reparations task force. Bills have been introduced in both the state senate and the state assembly for the group to be organized. Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, a Democrat…

Read More
Kansas City, Missouri.

Advocate of reparations for slavery talks about forms it could take in Kansas City

By Reparations

KC mayor joins leaders across the country in exploring opportunities for reparations. By Bianca Beltrán, KMBC News — Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas is joining 10 mayors across the country in a pledge to pay reparations for slavery in their communities. Their goal is to provide examples of programs the federal government can invest in. “I firmly believe that Black people are owed reparations not only for the transgressions of…

Read More
Durham, NC

Durham commits $6 million for reparations in approved budget

By Reparations

By Naomi Prioleau, BPR — Durham is showing what providing reparations for slavery could look like by actually trying to do it. The city’s budget for the next fiscal year includes $6 million that will go toward green and equitable infrastructure in historically Black neighborhoods. Durham intends to allocate money every year going forward. Mayor Steve Schewel says he wants to see the reparations efforts at the city level replicated…

Read More
Town Hall, Amherst Massachusetts

Amherst council establishes reparations fund

By Reparations

By Scott Merzbach, Daily Hampshire Gazette  — Amherst is establishing a reparations fund that will be used for making restitution to Black residents for past harms against them and leading to a process of reconciliation. The Town Council Monday voted 12-1 in favor of setting up a special purpose stabilization fund for reparations. No money is yet in the account, though a plan was recently presented by town finance officials…

Read More
Earl Lewis

Black scholar Earl Lewis on the Floyd murder and reparations

By Reparations

By Glenn Gamboa — Reparations, Earl Lewis says, are not about the past. Rather, they are very much about the present, says the founding director of the University of Michigan Center for Social Solutions. Earlier this year, he notes, Evanston, Illinois, became the first U.S. city to pay eligible Black residents restitution for previous city policies that were racist. And, he says, reparations can be part of the future. This…

Read More