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The statue depicts Roosevelt on horseback, with a Native American man and an African man

How Do We Address a Statue of President Roosevelt That Affirms Racist Hierarchies?

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Nick Mirzoeff, Hyperallergic — Almost two years after the 2017 fascist rally at Charlottesville around a mediocre statue of Robert E. Lee, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) opened its exhibition Addressing the Statue for an unspecified run. The statue in question is James Earle Fraser’s massive “Theodore Roosevelt Equestrian Memorial,” situated outside the Museum’s main entrance, depicting Roosevelt flanked by his gun carriers, a stereotyped Plains Indian and a generic African. It…

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December 31st Edition of Vantage Point Radio

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Topics: Emancipation Day in Black America • Significance of Haitian Independence Day to the Pan African World • The Door of Return to Africa 2019 Initiative. Guests:
Dr. Linda Michelle Baron (Author, Former Chairperson. Department of Education, York College/CUNY, New York), Judge Lionel Jean Baptiste (Founder, Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti, Chicago, IL) and Rev. Dennis Dillon (Senior Pastor, The Rise Center, Brooklyn, NY).

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A young boy stands at a Black Lives Matter prayer vigil on the steps of the First Baptist Church, a predominantly African-American congregation, in Macon, Georgia

The Case for a Black Census

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Tanvi Misra — This will “give us a better sense of who black people are, where we are, and what we hope and dream for,” says Alicia Garza, the project’s creator, who helped start the Black Lives Matter movement. The U.S. Census already undercounts people of color and low-income households. Concerns about privacy and various logistical barriers keep many of these populations from being able to participate in the national headcount. And the…

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Woman stands in the doorway of then new Historic Colored Entrance at the Lyric Theatre, in Birmingham, Ala

Why Jews should support reparations for slavery

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Rabbi Sharon Brous — There is 2,000-year-old rabbinic dispute over what ought to be done if a palace is built on the foundation of a stolen beam. One rabbi, Shammai, argues that the whole structure must be torn down, the beam retrieved and returned to its rightful owner. No home can flourish on a foundation built illegally and immorally. Another rabbi, Hillel, offers a different take: What sense does it make to demolish it? Let the thief pay for the beam, considering its full value as the foundation of what is now a beautiful home. Neither argues that you can pretend, year after year, generation after generation, that the beam wasn’t stolen.

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Maxine Waters

Maxine Waters Promises Reparations For Black Americans

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters said during an event in Selma, Alabama on Saturday that she would “be happy” to secure financial reparations for black Americans. Waters said as long as Democrats win back the House in 2020 and are able to get a president who is friendly to their agenda, it would be “wonderful” to get reparations. “I’d be happy to do that. That’s no problem,” Waters said when an…

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Reparations Now — The Black American Claim, Nkechi Taifa’s Keynote Address and Q&A Session

By Reparations, Video/Audio

Reparations was the focus of the 2018 Sparer Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania Law School (Penn Law). This is a video is of Nkechi Taifa, Human Rights Lawyer and a commissioner of the National African Reparations Commission (NAARC), delivering the keynote address. This video has been edited to share on ibw21.org. The original footage was provided by of Penn Law.

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Fugitive Slaves Recaptured: 1850

Even before sanctuary cities, here’s how black Americans protected fugitive slaves

By Reparations

By Barbara Krauthamer — Over the past few days, the national climate has grown increasingly tense over the issue of “sanctuary” cities and states. Local communities, including some college and university campuses, have pledged to shield undocumented children and adults from President Donald Trump’s proposals for deportation. Municipalities and campuses remain steadfast even in the face of the president’s threats to withhold federal funding from these communities. This opposition between federal authorities and local communities is…

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