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Vantage Point: Dr. Ron Daniels, Derrick Boazman, Donna Stephens, Douglas Blackmon and Dr. Joyce King

Vantage Point: “Slavery By Another Name,” The Case of the Atlanta Chattachoochee Brick Company

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

April 19, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guests Derrick Boazman, Donna Stephens, Douglas Blackmon and Dr. Joyce King Topic “Slavery By Another Name” The Case of the Atlanta Chattahoochee Brick Company Special Guest Derrick Boazman Talk Show Host, WAOK, 1380 AM, Atlanta, GA Donna Stephens Founder, Descendants of the Chattahoochee Brick Company Coalition Douglas Blackmon Author of…

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Will Brown University consider reparations after students voted to do so? Answer: It’s complicated

By Reparations

“Reparations can mean many different things in many different contexts,” the president of Brown University said. “I don’t know where we’re going to go. I think the conversation is worth having.” By Brian Amaral — It’s a question that has come up over the years at Brown University: Should the school pay reparations to descendants of people its founders enslaved? On Thursday, President Christina Paxson largely declined to give a…

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Evanston, Ill., leads the country with first reparations program for Black residents

By Reparations

By Mark Guarino — CHICAGO — The nation’s first government reparations program for African Americans was approved Monday night in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, action that advocates say represents a critical step in rectifying wrongs caused by slavery, segregation and housing discrimination and in pushing forward on similar compensation efforts across the country.“Right now the whole world is looking at Evanston, Illinois. This is a moment like none other…

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Your Check Bounced, America. Reparations Is Just Us Trying to Cash It

By Reparations

By Michael Eric Dyson — “B***h better have my money,” the songstress snarls in hypnotic cadence. “Pay me what you owe me.” For many people, Rihanna’s 2015 anthem serves as the soundtrack to the movement for Black reparations. Her tune profanely echoes Martin Luther King, Jr.’s urgent cry to the nation in 1963 in “I Have a Dream,” his most famous oration, addressed to the March on Washington. “We’ve come…

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Is the ground shifting on slavery reparations for African Americans?

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Bertram Niles — A suburb of Chicago is poised to formally become the first city in the United States to offer reparations to its Black residents. It is an indication that ground may be shifting ever so slightly as America talks a little more animatedly about whether to compensate African Americans for more than 200 years of slavery in the wake of last year’s Black Lives Matter protests. Not…

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Amalgamated Bank endorses HR 40

By Reparations

Last year, Amalgamated Bank doubled-down on its commitment to racial justice initiatives. Catapulted by the cruel murder of George Floyd, the bank issued a statement supporting Black Lives Matter and publicly committed to 10 concrete actions to support racial justice, including the formation of a Racial Justice Task Force to build a more inclusive work environment. These efforts are built on the foundation that Amalgamated is America’s socially responsible bank…

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Jesuits in US pledge $100M for racial reconciliation

By Reparations

By David Crary — The U.S.-based branch of the Jesuits has unveiled ambitious plans for a “truth and reconciliation” initiative in partnership with descendants of people once enslaved by the Roman Catholic order. The Jesuits pledge to raise $100 million within five years with a broader goal of reaching $1 billion from an array of donors in pursuit of racial justice and racial healing. Even the smaller amount represents the…

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A Good Start: Evanston takes on racial reparations

By Reparations

By Steve Chapman — Difficult tasks often don’t get done, because they are, well, difficult. It’s easier to ignore them, delay them, hope they’ll go away or give up on them. But the city council of Evanston has the idea that the formidable nature of one obligation isn’t an excuse for doing nothing. The task it has taken up is providing a measure of compensation to African Americans for some…

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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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How Black cartographers put racism on the map of America

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Derek H. Alderman, Joshua F.J. Inwood— How can maps fight racism and inequality? The work of the Black Panther Party, a 1960s- and 1970s-era Black political group featured in a new movie and a documentary, helps illustrate how cartography – the practice of making and using maps – can illuminate injustice. As these films show, the Black Panthers focused on African American empowerment and community survival, running a diverse array of programming that ranged…

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REPARATIONS, Not Only Possible … But INEVITABLE!

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Nkechi Taifa — WASHINGTON — If acknowledgement is the first step toward acceptance, reparations for Black people in America has taken a major step forward. The Feb. 17th House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Reparations is one case in point. Then you add the recent Harvard study from Harvard Medical School and the Lancet Commission on Reparations and Redistributive Justice that shows, as Kamm Howard from the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) testified,…

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The Catholic Church Played Major Role in Slavery

By Reparations

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor— “When the missionaries arrived, the Africans had the land and the missionaries had the Bible. They taught us how to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible.” — Jomo Kenyatta, First President of Kenya, Africa The Catholic Church played a vital role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, according to historians and several published theses…

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