But in 1862, the federal government doled out the 2020 equivalent of $23 million – NOT to the formerly enslaved but to their white enslavers. By Kali Holloway, The Nation — In 1870 a black woman named Henrietta Wood sued the white deputy sheriff who, nearly two decades earlier, kidnapped her from the free state of Ohio, illegally transported her to slaveholding Kentucky, and sold her into a life of enslavement that…
Since Emancipation, the United States Has Refused to Make Reparations for Slavery
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Black Christian leaders push for slavery reparations
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Digital archives helping to preserve slave records
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Liverpool street sign plan to highlight city's slavery links
San Francisco needs to establish a reparations fund
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The movement to hijack Black identity and weaken Black unity.
Evanston Reparations panel looks toward expansion
Evanston outlines plan for reparations
White activist and group of progressives launch FFRN! initiative to support NAARC
NAARC’s Preliminary 10 Point Reparations Program
A document for review, revision and adoption as a platform to guide the struggle for reparations for people of African descent in the U.S.
- National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC)
- CBC 2015: NAARC Rolls out Preliminary 10-Point Plan
- Download NAARC’s Preliminary 10-Point Reparations Plan (PDF)
- 2015 Nat’l/Int’l Reparations Summit Final Communiqué
- N’COBRA HR 40 Primer — Seize the Time!
- CARICOM Reparations Ten-Point Plan
- CARICOM Reparations Commission Calls for a Marshall Plan for the Caribbean
- The CRR Media Conference on the British Treasury’s Slavery Loan
- H.R.40 – Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act (Congress.gov)
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On the 400th anniversary of the ship’s landing in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the commemoration will be more inclusive than in the past. By Tanya Mohn, NYT — This article is part of our latest Museums special section, which focuses on the intersection of art and politics. Paula Peters remembers the last major anniversary of the historic voyage in 1620 of the Mayflower from Plymouth, England, to Plymouth, Mass. It was in 1970….
SACRAMENTO (CBM) – Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus, has introduced, a new bill, AB 3121. It calls for setting up a task force to study and develop reparation proposals for African Americans. “Existing law,” the language of the legislation reads, “requests the Regents of the University of California to assemble a colloquium of scholars to draft a research proposal to analyze the economic…
In fact, Black activists and civil rights leaders have been advocating for compensation for the trauma and cost of slavery for centuries. By Mohammed Elnaiem, JSTOR Daily — In July 2019, thousands of Americans took to their television sets, phones, and laptops to watch Ta-Nehisi Coates, Danny Glover, and Cory Booker testify before Congress, demanding reparations for slavery. There was a time when this debate was on the fringes; now it was…
By Darrel Thompson, CLASP — Reparations for descendants of enslaved Black people have been discussed on and off at least since the end of the Civil War. But the conversation has been reignited by an inflamed racist political climate, drawing renewed focus to the nation’s racist past. Last spring, students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. voted to create a fund benefitting descendants of enslaved Black people sold by the university; all…
Resolving the debt inequality between white and black students. Editor’s note: Black students are more likely than their peers to borrow money for college, struggle with repayment and default on student loans. With the debt problem for black students in particular reaching urgent levels, The Education Trust and The Hechinger Report have partnered on a series of op-eds to amplify the voices of people studying solutions to the black student…
By Allison G. Lee and Contributing Writer Kevin A. Simauchi — Panelists at a Harvard Kennedy School event Friday urged the U.S. government to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves, calling it a moral responsibility. Harvard Law School Professor Randall L. Kennedy and Cornell W. Brooks, the former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, spoke to a crowd of roughly 100 at the event.…
By Alan Singer, HNN — Author’s note: “Represent NYC” is a weekly program produced by Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN). The show’s guests usually discuss topics like affordable housing, education policy and domestic violence. I was invited to discuss the New York Times’ 1619 Project and the long-term impact of slavery on New York and American society for a Black History Month broadcast. This post includes the questions I prepared to answer and notes…
“Culture, Class, and Consciousness” Host Jen Marie Pollard interviews J.A.M. Aiwuyor. Also See Understanding ADOS: The Movement to Hijack Black Identity and Weaken Black Unity 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….
By Zadie Smith, NYREV — This essay appears in somewhat different form in the catalog of “Kara Walker: Hyundai Commission,” an exhibition at Tate Modern, London, October 2, 2019–April 5, 2020; the catalog is edited by Clara Kim and published by Tate Publishing. *** Two women are bound at the waist, tied to each other. One is a slim, white woman, in antebellum underskirt and corset. A Scarlett O’Hara type.…