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Being “Anti-Racist” Isn’t Enough. The Violence of Whiteness Itself Must Be Exposed.

By Editors' Choice

By George Yancy — Even if the movement for reparations someday transforms the profound economic disparities that fall along racial lines in this country — addressing income disparities, the wealth gap, housing and health care inequities, and unemployment disparities — a fundamental problem of anti-Black racism still won’t be solved. What remains is a fundamentally ontological problem: the reality of the being of whiteness, and its denial of Black humanity within white racist America….

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Campaigners slam UK government report into racial disparities as a ‘whitewash’

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By Tara John, CNN — London (CNN)A highly anticipated report from a commission set up by the UK government to look into racial disparities in the country has been described as a “whitewash” by campaigners after it stated that there is no evidence that the UK is institutionally racist. A short summary of the report, commissioned in the wake of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests last summer, was shared to the…

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The Transatlantic Slave Trade: A Day of Remembrance

By Reparations

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent — NNPA NEWSWIRE — “It is important to recognize the International Decade for People of African Descent as an international corrective to combat the systematic indoctrination of the lie of African inferiority,” said Dr. Kevin Cokley, the director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis. “Passing H.R. 40 would count as the most significant legislative achievement to impact the…

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An Overdue Debt — Why It’s Finally Time To Pay Reparations To Black Americans

Revisiting reparations: Is it time for the US to pay its debt for the legacy of slavery?

By Reparations

By Anne C. Bailey — Some 156 years after the end of the Civil War and the official abolition of slavery through the 13th Amendment, the idea of reparations is gaining currency in Washington. On March 1, Cedric Richmond, a senior adviser to President Joe Biden, suggested the White House could “start acting now” on the issue. The comment comes just weeks after a House committee chaired by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee,…

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Biden touts his administration’s first steps on racial disparities

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Regardless, civil rights advocates plan to push him to go big to eliminate disparities. By Maya King— The four executive orders President Joe Biden signed on Tuesday on advancing racial equity marked the new administration’s first major address of systemic racism. They signal that Biden plans to attack the problem with sweeping policy changes mandating cooperation across multiple federal agencies — a bold departure from previous administrations which rarely tackled racial inequities…

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Biden’s Inauguration Gives Us New Hope and New Energy

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By Jesse Jackson— There should be no reluctance to work with Biden to help pass critical reforms, but at the same time, the pressure for outside must continue to build for there to be any hope of change. On Monday, we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s 91st birthday; on Wednesday, Joe Biden will be inaugurated as president, promising change after a dark period of division. Dr. King’s relationship with John…

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North Carolina county becomes latest to back reparations

By Reparations

A board of commissioners in a North Carolina county has voted to support reparations and apologized for the county’s role in slavery, segregation and systemic discrimination against Black residents By The Associated Press— HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — A board of commissioners in a North Carolina county has voted to support reparations and apologized for the county’s role in slavery, segregation and systemic discrimination against Black residents. Similar to measures that have…

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The amendment that abolished slavery had a lasting flaw

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By Peniel E. Joseph— This week marks the 155th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution that banned racial slavery. At the time this marked a new birth of American freedom, one that came at a such a high cost — and remains so incomplete — that many Americans tend to gloss over the contemporary challenges left in its wake. The end of 2020 also…

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Groundbreaking Evanston Reparations Program Takes Shape

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By Jonah Meadows— EVANSTON, IL — Qualifying Black Evanstonians could be eligible for up to $25,000 toward the costs of homeownership under the initial phase of the first-of-its-kind municipal reparations program aldermen authorized last year. The proposed housing reparations initiative have taken shape over more than a dozen meetings of the Evanston City Council Reparations Subcommittee since January, although the details are still being worked out. As it stands, Black residents seeking reparations from the city would have to show they lived in Evanston between…

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Keynote Address By Michelle Bachelet at the Inaugural European Parliament Commemoration of the European Day for the Abolition of the Slave Trade

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By Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights— “Recognizing the Past, Repairing the Present, Building the Future”   Excellencies, Colleagues, friends, It is my honour to address this Inaugural Commemoration of the European Day for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, with the theme: “Recognizing the Past, Repairing the Present, Building the Future.” I commend the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup for organizing this event alongside the…

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In Historic First, House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

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By Mike Ludwig— In a historic vote, House Democrats passed legislation that would decriminalize marijuana on the federal level and begin to address the harms caused by drug policing in lower-income neighborhoods and communities of color. The House voted 228-164 on Friday to pass the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which would remove cannabis from the federal list of illegal drugs, create a process for expunging “non-violent” federal marijuana convictions, and funnel tax revenue from legal cannabis sales to communities that…

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