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Maryland Episcopal diocese commits $1 million toward reparations for slavery, racial injustice

By Reparations

By Jonathan M. Pitts, Baltimore Sun — The Maryland diocese of the Episcopal Church has become the latest religious institution to commit to making reparations for slavery and systemic racism, voting over the weekend to create a $1 million seed fund for programs that would benefit the African American community in Baltimore and beyond. More than 82% of delegates to the diocese’s annual general convention voted Saturday to establish the…

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Black Labor Day Forum: The Theft of Black Labor and Extraction of Black Wealth

By Events, NAARC Posts, News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Streamed September 7, 2020 — The Institute of the Black World 21st Century in collaboration with the National African American Reparations Commission present a Black Labor Day Forum “The Theft of Black Labor and Extraction of Black Wealth: How the Exploitation and Oppression of Black People Built Capitalist America – The Case for Reparations and HR-40”. Participants include Don Rojas, Nkechi Taifa, Esq., Dr. Ron Daniels, Bill Fletcher, Dr. Julianne…

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Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles

California moves to consider reparations for slavery

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Don Thompson, AP — California lawmakers are setting up a task force to study and make recommendations for reparations to African Americans, particularly the descendants of slaves, as the nation struggles again with civil rights and unrest following the latest shooting of a Black man by police. The state Senate supported creating the nine-member commission on a bipartisan 33-3 vote Saturday. The measure returns to the Assembly for a…

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Bridging the Divide: Some see reparations as the answer for centuries of slavery

Bridging the Divide: Some see reparations as the answer for centuries of slavery

By Reparations

From the White House in Washington, D.C., to the foundation of the Mid-South’s economy, free labor from slaves helped build it. By Stephanie Scurlock, WREF, Memphis, Tenn. — The civil unrest and protests after the death of George Floyd called for an end to police brutality, but protestors also called attention to economic disparities experienced by many African Americans. Protestors want change not only in policing but economic change. Some…

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Pharrell Williams: America's Past and Present Are Racist. We Deserve a Black Future

Pharrell Williams: America’s Past and Present Are Racist. We Deserve a Black Future

By Editors' Choice

America’s past was shaped by slavery. To live up to American’s ideals, we must trust in a Black vision of the future, Pharrell Williams writes. Pharrell Williams with Michael Harriot, TIME — On April 26, 1607, three ships carrying 105 men and boys landed on the eastern shore of what would come to be called America. They called themselves “adventurers.” But they had no interest in liberty or justice, and…

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Mayor pro tem and North Ward Council Member D.D. Adams says the time is right for Winston-Salem to move forward on reparations

Reparations for Black residents should be on city agenda, says Winston-Salem’s mayor pro tem

By Reparations

By Wesley Young, Winston-Salem Journal — Mayor pro tem and North Ward Council Member D.D. Adams says the time is right for Winston-Salem to move forward on reparations for its Black citizens for slavery, years of Jim Crow and other racial inequities. Adams brought forward the idea in this month’s meeting of a committee she chairs on the Winston-Salem City Council. Adams says she knows it is a controversial concept….

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Beautiful African woman

Thank You For The Symbolic Gestures But Black People Need Reparations

By Reparations

If the U.S. ever wants to move forward and right the wrongs of its past, there must not only be a public acknowledgement of the crimes committed against Black people, but there must be programs in place to serve as a form of restitution. By Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes — America is finally waking up from its 400-year slumber and an honest acknowledgement of racism is happening. The public’s opinion…

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free men, women, and children in Richmond, Va., 1865

Calling on white Americans: Reparations for slavery are due

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

The legacy of slavery is far from resolved. It persists every day and everywhere. By David Gardinier and Karen Hilfman, The Boston Globe — Since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a white police officer, and the resounding anti-racist uprisings around the world, the concept of reparations has picked up momentum in national conversations and has sparked new public curiosity and interest. Among Black people and their ancestors,…

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The Georgian mansion and adjacent slave quarters were once part of a 500-acre farm just north of Boston.

Royall House and Slave Quarters

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Preserving black history as “an act of liberation” By Nell Porter Brown, Harvard Magazine — Isaac Royall Sr. built a fortune on his Antigua sugar plantation and returned to Boston in 1737 to settle into an opulent Georgian mansion in what’s now Medford, Massachusetts. To operate the surrounding 500-acre farm, enormous by colonial-era standards, he also shipped north across the ocean “a parcel of negroes.” Those 27 enslaved people were plucked…

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Cotton Picking Alabama

Capitalism, Slavery, and Power over Price

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Q&A with Caitlin Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a historian of 18th and 19th century U.S. history with a focus on the development of management practices, especially those based on data analysis. Her first book, Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management, was published by Harvard University Press in 2018. This Q&A explores her new article entitled, “Capitalism when Labor was Capital: Slavery, Power, and Price…

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