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

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

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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Senatorial candidate Willie Wilson (l) and Ald. Rod Sawyer (far right) have been working with other community leaders on a reparations resolution for the city.

Reparations Resolution To Go Before City Council Next Week: ‘It’s Time’

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Jamie Nesbitt Golden, Block Club Chicago — CHICAGO — Is the city ready to address the painful past of the Transatlantic Slave Trade? A coalition of public officials and activists — including newly announced U.S. Senate candidate Willie Wilson — seem to think so, and are preparing to introduce a resolution to City Council next week. The move comes as the national conversation surrounding reparations continues on Capitol Hill…

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What Reparations for Slavery Might Look Like in 2019

What Reparations for Slavery Might Look Like in 2019

By Reparations

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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American Slave Statue

Why Reparations from 1619 to Now

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Rev. Irene Monroe, LA Progressive — A year before the Mayflower arrived in 1620, the first group of enslaved Africans depicted as “20 and odd Negroes” arrived sometime during the final week of August to the Virginia colony of Jamestown. The fact that the exact date cannot be pinpointed assists in obfuscating the origins of slavery in the United States. What is incontrovertible is the fact that this month…

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Georgia Democrats embrace slavery reparations proposal - HR 40

Georgia Democrats embrace slavery reparations proposal

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

U.S. Senate candidates, Ga. officials voice support for bill to study options. By Tamar Hallerman, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution — Two of the top Democrats seeking Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat in 2020 are embracing a proposal to examine reparations for the descendants of slaves, a concept senior members of the party shied away from in previous elections. Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry have both voiced support…

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Civil rights advocates carry placards during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, in Washington

Truth and Reconciliation: Addressing Systematic Racism in the United States

By Commentaries/Opinions, Editors' Choice

By Danyelle Solomon — 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of Africans sold into bondage arriving on Virginia’s shores. It has been 156 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, 55 years since the end of Jim Crow, and 51 years since the civil rights movement. All of these moments in U.S. history represent crossroads—moments where the country made a choice or where people demanded that the words on the pages of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights became more than words; that policies and practices were equitably distributed among all people, not just a select few…

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Lynette Gibson McElhaney

Reparations Resolution Adopted by Oakland City Council

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Ken Epstien, Post News Group — The City Council this week unanimously passed Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney’s reso­lution in support of HR-40, the bill in Congress to study reparations to “de­scendants of enslaved Afri­can Americans.” Council President Re­becca Kaplan co-authored the resolution. Rebecca Kaplan “This is an important time in our nation’s his­tory where we need to seek to make right that which is wrong,” said McElhaney, speaking at…

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A man representing the Freedman's Bureau stands between armed groups of Euro-Americans and Afro-Americans in this illustration from 1868.Alfred R. Waud, Harper's Weekly

The US Gave Slavers Their Land Back. What About Black Folks’ Reparations?

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

H.R. 40, the bill for a commission to study reparations, can help fulfill the promise of “40 acres and a mule.” By Taru Taylor, Truthout — The U.S. government was on the wrong side of history when they reneged their promise of “40 acres and a mule” to formerly enslaved Black Americans in 1865. Exactly 154 years later, let’s pass H.R. 40, the bill for a commission to study reparations, and…

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) sponsored HR 40, legislation to form a commission to study slavery reparations for African Americans.

Germany paid Holocaust reparations. Will the U.S. do the same for slavery?

By Commentaries/Opinions, HR 40 Congressional Hearing, Reparations

By Susan Neiman, Los Angeles Times — Born as a white girl in the segregated South, I’ve spent most of my adulthood as a Jewish woman in Berlin. This double perspective has fueled my resolve to explore America’s fraught relationship with its history. It is easy to point to the differences between the Holocaust and the enslavement and abuse of millions of Africans. When examining possible responses to these crimes,…

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National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC)

NAARC Expresses Concern Over Attacks on Sen. Kamala Harris’s Identity

By NAARC Posts, News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements, Reparations

The National African American Reparations Commission Praises Progress on Reparations Expresses Concern Over Attacks on Sen. Kamala Harris’s Identity New York, July 19, 2019 — The National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) applauds both the Democratic Party’s presidential candidates and the more than 100 elected representatives in both the US House and the Senate who are now on record in support of the HR-40 legislation being championed by Congresswoman Sheila…

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