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A woman takes part in a rally to mark Juneteenth on June 19 in San Francisco.

Reparations need to be part of the conversation about racial justice

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Police violence sparked an uprising, but racial equality demands economic reforms as well. By Nichole Nelson, The Washington Post — Over the past month, protests across the country, and even the world, have erupted in response to the death of George Floyd by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. While the protests have focused on police violence, the issues of racism are deeply rooted and multifaceted. In fact, addressing police…

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People walk by a bus with a mural of US abolitionist and former slave Harriet Tubman on it

Reparations Now: A White Man’s Appeal For America To Pay What Is Due

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By Seth Cohen, Forbes — Beginning 400 years ago, and for more than 250 years of our nation’s history, slaves built the United States into one of the wealthiest countries on the planet. As a result, America owes an unconscionable and unforgivable debt to the ancestors of those slaves. Yet now, as the country is challenged to confront both the violent legacy of slavery and the dehumanizing tradition of systemic…

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Reparations: Yes? No? Maybe? Why Or Why Not?

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By Ambriehl Crutchfield, WVXU — Some Cincinnatians are making a case for and against reparations for descendants of enslaved Africans. During St. Peter’s United Church of Christ’s event “Race, Rage and Fear: The Case for Reparations – Yes, No, Maybe? Why or Why Not?,” a group of churchgoers and community members broke into groups to discuss reparations. One of the questions was: If the government gave a million dollars in…

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What Reparations for Slavery Might Look Like in 2019

What Reparations for Slavery Might Look Like in 2019

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The idea of economic amends for past injustices and persistent disparities is getting renewed attention. Here are some formulas for achieving the aim. By Patricia Cohen, The New York Times — If you’re surprised that the issue of reparations for black Americans has taken so long to resolve, blame the president. President Andrew Johnson. As the Civil War wound down in 1865, Gen. William T. Sherman made the promise that would come to be…

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What are Reparations, How Could They Happen, and Why Do They Matter?

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Here’s what you need to know. By Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue — For over 250 years, people of African descent were enslaved in the United States. Tricked and stolen from their homes, subjected to the brutal Middle Passage, and held in bondage for generations, emancipation was a welcome relief from slavery but didn’t fully undo the damage it causes, nor have the various hard-fought advances in civil rights that have…

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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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