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Elections Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Freddie Jenkins’ mother attended what is now the last standing African American schoolhouse in Mount Pleasant, S.C., in the 1930s.

Slavery’s descendants say a reparations check won’t make the pain go away

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times — CHARLESTON, S.C. — Five years before the first shots of the Civil War rang out from the harbor here in 1861, alderman Thomas Ryan and a business partner opened Ryan’s Mart at No. 6 Chalmers St. Their merchandise was slaves: African men, women and children who were prodded, picked over and auctioned off to the highest bidders. The finest adult males could fetch…

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Thomas Craemer, associate professor of public policy, at the UConn Hartford campus

This UConn professor explains how reparations for slavery became a mainstream issue for Democrats

By Reparations

As Democratic candidates running for president are being asked to weigh in on reparations for slavery — the idea that the United States would give restitution, in some form or another, to African-American descendants of slaves — a few questions keep popping up. Why now? How would it work? Who thinks it’s appropriate, and who doesn’t? Audio Thomas Craemer, an associate professor of public policy at UConn, stops by Capitol…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Who Cares About Fair Elections?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — The US House of Representatives passed the Securing America’s Fair Elections (SAFE) Act in June by a nearly totally partisan vote of 225-184 in late June. Only one Republican voted for legislation that would mandate paper ballots, increase election security, and create safeguards to prevent foreign interference in our elections. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) opposes the legislation and won’t even allow it to be…

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Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg: ‘Systemic racism is a white problem’

By News & Current Affairs

By Paul LeBlanc, CNN — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Thursday said “systemic racism” in the US is a “white problem” in the wake of two mass shootings in the US last weekend — one of which involved a white supremacist suspect. Speaking at the National Association of Black Journalists conference in Miami, Buttigieg said, “We are by no means even halfway done dealing with systemic racism in this country.…

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Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson introduces a plan for slavery reparations

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Clyde Hughes, UPI — Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson announced her plan for reparations to African Americans for slavery Wednesday, calling for $200 billion to $500 billion over 20 years. The author said she would create a reparations council of 30 to 50 people made up of slave descendants to determine how the money would be distributed. “The only stipulation on the part of the American government is the following: that the…

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NAACP crowd applauds Bernie Sanders explaining his opposition to slave reparations

NAACP crowd applauds Bernie Sanders explaining his opposition to slave reparations

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By John Gage, Washington Examiner — Sen. Bernie Sanders received applause from the NAACP convention after explaining to the audience why he was against slave reparations. Moderator April Ryan asked the presidential hopeful why he was against “reparations for descendants of African slaves.” “Here’s my fear about reparations, and I understand the issue, and I’m on board the legislation that will study the issue,” the Vermont independent said at the…

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Bill de Blasio

De Blasio unsure on reparations, but restates support for commission

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Madina Touré — Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t say if he supports reparations for black Americans affected by slavery, but he does support a commission to study the issue. As part of his longshot presidential campaign, the mayor this week attended the 2019 Muslim Collective for Equitable Democracy Conference in Washington, D.C., and was asked about reparations for the descendants of black slaves — a long-debated concept that has…

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Beto O'Rourke

Beto O’Rourke reveals family’s slave owner ancestry

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Beto O’Rourke says he is descended from slave owners, supports reparations to unite ‘two Americas’. By Vandana Ravikumar, USA Today — The former House representative from El Paso, Texas, published a Medium blog post named after two slaves, Rose and Eliza, who he says his ancestors left to others in their will. “Something that we’ve been thinking about and talking about in town hall meetings and out on the campaign — the legacy of…

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Barack Obama and Mitch McConnell

Forget the Presidency, Go For the Senate

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Trump may win. Though Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer would never in a million years publicly say anything like that. The brutal reality is he might. Schumer not so quietly has done the next worst thing and said that the Democrats need to get some candidates in place who can make a real run at Senate seats in several key states. The stated goal is…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Poverty and the Fallacy of Long-Term Economic Greatness

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — The first week of July produced a somewhat positive Employment Situation report. While the unemployment rate ticked up just a bit, about 224,000 new jobs were created, nearly three times as many as were created in the tepid previous month. There was, of course, the Administration crowing about the strength of the economy, and with wage growth on the rise, an impassioned outsider might agree that…

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