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Reparations for slavery is the idea that some form of compensatory payment needs to be made to the descendants of Africans who had been enslaved as part of the Atlantic Slave Trade. The most notable demands for reparations have been made in the United Kingdom and in the United States, where slavery was the most pervasive. Caribbean and African states from which slaves were taken have also made reparation demands.

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Repaying the debt owed to Black people requires a democratic and reparative economy

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By Dr. Ron Daniels, Rev. Ronald Galvin — The entire racial capitalist system that extracts labor and blood from Black lives must go. America owes Black folks. The modern-day prophet Ta-Nahesi Coates, drawing on the wisdom and generations-old fight of Black freedom fighters such as Mother Callie House, James Forman, Randall Robinson, and the Malcolm X grassroots movement, cogently made the case in his seminal article, “The Case for Reparations”,…

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Sheila Jackson Lee

Did Making “Juneteenth” a Law Open Up a New Door to Reparations?

By Reparations

It’s worth exploring if Congress and the President just inadvertently opened up fresh new legal avenues for reparations by passing Juneteenth and calling Tulsa a “massacre”. By Thurston Renrick, The Be Note —  It was 120 years after the first “Juneteenth” that I remember the first time I learned about Juneteenth. It was 1985 during a college recruiting trip to Texas. While the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln in…

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Rev. Dr. Robert Turner Reparations March

Reparations tied to specific events, like the Tulsa Massacre, reignite the push to address injustices

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Black Freedmen in Tulsa hope the national attention on the Greenwood massacre means that more Americans are willing to reckon with the scale of the country’s sins. By Joseph Lee, BuzzFeed — Growing up, Kristi Williams always wondered why her great-aunt Janie Edwards avoided shopping in Tulsa. The family lived nearby in the suburb of Broken Arrow, which is about a 20-minute drive away. Tulsa offered more options, better deals,…

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As Juneteenth becomes a federal holiday, the US needs a culture of reparations

By Reparations

By Andre M. Perry and Rashawn Ray, The Brookings Institution — There is a widespread belief that reparations for Black people is too tough a pill to swallow for most Americans. Even those who support reparations say we should pursue only a narrowly tailored congressional act, eschewing smaller-scale, municipal, state, and institutional programs. Such self-imposed limitations dismiss the legitimate claims for real damages that states, cities, universities, churches, and companies…

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Prof Sir Hilary Beckles: The Economics of Chattel Slavery in the Caribbean and the Americas

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Watch Video — Professor Sir Hilary Beckles delivers speech “The Economics of Chattel Slavery in the Caribbean and the Americas.” during the May 20, 2021 virtual symposium on “Reparations Under International Law”. This symposium was co-sponsored by the Center for Reparations Research at the University of the West Indies (CRR) and the American Society of International Lawyers (ASIL)

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Communities across the country are talking about reparations. What about Kansas City?

By Reparations

Kansas City groups are talking about reparations as cities such as Evanston, Illinois, either implement or discuss their own programs to address past harm to Black residents. By Jonathan Shorman — Every Congressional session for nearly three decades, the late Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan introduced HR 40, calling for a national commission to study the impact of slavery and discriminatory policies on African Americans and to recommend remedies,…

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Rev. Dr. Robert Turner

Pastor Persists In Efforts To Get Reparations For Tulsa Massacre Victims

By Reparations

Over the course of a day-and-a half in late May and early June 1921, a white mob, angered by the alleged assault of a white woman by a black man, burned and looted the predominantly black Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The damage covered 35 city blocks, destroying nearly 200 businesses, displacing about 10,000 residents. Hundreds were killed in the Tulsa race massacre, deemed one of the deadliest riots in U.S….

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Dr. Shirley Weber

California Reparations Committee Confronts Harms of Slavery, Debates Direct Payments

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By Jackie Botts, Jackie Bottz, Cal Matters — For more than three decades, Black members of Congress have introduced legislation to study the lasting harms of slavery on African Americans, and propose remedies. Year after year, the federal proposal languished. Now, California is doing it alone. This month, California’s first-in-the-nation task force to study reparations met for the first time, kicking off a two-year process to study the consequences of slavery…

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Germany colonial-era genocide reparations offer not enough – Namibia vice president

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By Reuters — Germany’s offer to fund projects in Namibia worth more than a billion euros ($1.22 billion) over 30 years to atone for its role in genocide and property seizures in its-then colony more than a century ago is not enough, Namibian Vice President Nangolo Mbumba said on Friday. “No amount of money in any currency can truly compensate the life of a human being,” Mbumba told journalists as…

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CA Reparations Task Force Elects Chair, Vice Chair at First Meeting

CA Reparations Task Force Elects Chair, Vice Chair at First Meeting

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The California Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans hosted its first public meeting June 1, 2021. By Bo Tefu, CBM Newswire The virtual gathering marked the official launch of the first-in-the-nation initiative organized to investigate how a state engaged in and benefitted from slavery, and how it practiced or condoned racial discrimination, excluding African Americans from economic and other opportunities. During the meeting that lasted…

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