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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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University of Glasgow

The Meaning of the University of Glasgow Reparations Settlement

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By David Commissiong — The recent announcement that the University of Glasgow has apologised for its role in slavery and has agreed to provide ₤20 Million to fund Caribbean developmental projects that will be undertaken in collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI) suggests that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is in the process of settling upon a sensible and workable strategy for the pursuit of the goal of the payment of Reparations or compensation…

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Olivia Grange announces members of National Council on Reparations

Grange announces members of Jamaica National Council on Reparations

By Reparations

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has announced the appointment of the National Council on Reparations for the period 29 July, 2019 to 28 July, 2022. Grange said that the Council is tasked with formulating strategies to claim, secure and dispense reparations due to the people of Jamaica for the transatlantic slave trade, a statement from the ministry said today. The Council, which is…

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Democrat Kamala Harris, U.S. senator from California, spoke Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair.

Kamala Harris on reparations for slavery: ‘It can’t just be, ‘Hey … write some checks’

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Barbara Rodriguez, Des Moines Register — U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris says she supports studying reparations, but she’s not sure what any resultant program would look like. The senator from California and Democratic presidential hopeful said Sunday during a Des Moines Register editorial board meeting that the idea, which would grant compensation to individuals impacted by slavery and racial discrimination, is complex and deserves to be examined carefully. “This stuff…

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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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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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Brazil Slave Plantation

A History of Slavery in the United States

By Reparations

By Calvin Schermerhorn, African American Intellectual History Society — This is an excerpt from Calvin Schermerhorn’s Unrequited Toil: A History of United States Slavery (Cambridge University Press, 2018). This excerpt has been reprinted with permission. African-descended Americans bore the social costs of slavery. They paid several times over, in fact. They paid at the point of sale when children were stolen by strangers, when parents were snatched up by slave traders,…

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Professor Sir Hilary Beckles (seated left), Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) and Dr. David Duncan, Chief Operating Officer & University Secretary, University of Glasgow, shake hands following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding at The UWI Regional Headquarters, Kingston, Jamaica on July 31, 2019, to partner in a reparations strategy including the establishment of the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research. Witnessing the event are C. William Iton (left), University Registrar, The UWI and Peter Aitchison, Director of Communications & Public Affairs, University of Glasgow.

Historic Memorandum of Understanding signed between The University of the West Indies and the University of Glasgow

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. July 31, 2019 — A historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and a senior official of the University of Glasgow (UoG), at a ceremony held at The UWI Regional Headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica, on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. The document, framed as a “Reparatory Justice” initiative, acknowledges that while 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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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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