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The Caribbean’s case for reparations: Part 2

By Reparations

This is the second article in a series that highlights the question of slavery reparations in the Caribbean. (See Part 1 here.) It is based around issues discussed in the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s live stream event, “The Case for Reparations,” which featured an in-depth conversation with Sir Hilary Beckles, chair of the CARICOM Reparations Commission. *** Reparatory justice: ‘The greatest political movement of the 21st century’ By Janine Mendes-Franco — In commemoration…

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Beautiful African woman

Thank You For The Symbolic Gestures But Black People Need Reparations

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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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Reparations: T.I; Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.

In Open Letter, Rapper T.I. Demands Lloyd’s of London Pay Reparations to Descendants of American Slaves

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By Seth Cohen, Forbes — Over the weekend, popular Atlanta-based rapper and actor T.I. issued an open letter to Lloyd’s of London, calling on the well-known insurance company to pay direct compensation for its role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. In doing so, Clifford Harris, Jr., who goes by the name T.I., called attention to the growing demand for reparations to be paid to descendants of American slaves. T.I.’s letter, posted…

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Five generations of a slave family.

American slavery: Separating fact from myth

By Reparations

By Daina Ramey Berry — People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn’t. They talk about 400 years of slavery, but it wasn’t. They claim all Southerners owned slaves, but they didn’t. Some argue it was all a long time ago, but it wasn’t. Slavery has been in the…

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Suriname Emancipation

July 1, 1863: The day of great deception in Suriname

By Reparations

For many years Surinamese people of African descent, whose ancestors worked on the plantations in the colony of Suriname, celebrated and commemorated ‘Keti Koti’ on July 1 as “Emancipation Day”. In recent years they have been doing this more and more together with others from our Republic. Many have never considered why ‘Keti Koti’ is always celebrated and/or commemorated on July 1. Also, many have never considered why the ‘Keti…

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The grand buildings of Bordeaux, France, were financed, in part, by the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The city has moved to address that past.

George Floyd’s Killing Forces Wider Debate on France’s Slave-Trading Past

By Editors' Choice

Rather than tear down statues, some argue that the past should not be obliterated, but remembered and explained. By Norimitsu Onishi, The New York Times — BORDEAUX, France — At a bend in the river, a succession of stately stone buildings, each more imposing than the last, stretches along the left bank. Their elegant 18th-century facades had helped Bordeaux, already famous for its wineries, become a UNESCO World Heritage site.…

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A statue of former British prime minister Winston Churchill in London.

U.S. protests push Europe to face its own histories of injustice

By News & Current Affairs

By Ishan Tharoor with Ruby Mellen, Washington Post — Edward Colston was a 17th-century English merchant who rose to the position of deputy governor of the Royal African Co. His family became fabulously wealthy as a result, profiting from the company’s role in the British trade of African slaves to the New World. Under Colston’s watch, about 84,000 Africans were shipped to lives of bondage and misery. An estimated 19,000 of them perished during the…

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Vantage Point: China Insults African Diplomats • Inter-generational Damage to Black DNA

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio April 27, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Dr. Iva Carruthers, Kamm Howard and callers. Topics: China Insults African Diplomats, The Inter-generational Damage to Black DNA and The Professor on the Soap Box.

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Antonia Williams-Gary

Reparations will cure the racial wealth gap

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By Antonia Williams-Gary, South Florida Times — I have a remedy to help flatten that curve. Reading this may make you some of you uncomfortable, but the more I learn about the complicity of Africans in the Atlantic slave trade, the more I want reparations paid by those nations, too! According to my DNA results, that would be 23 % from Mali, 13% from Nigeria, 9% from Cameroon, Congo and…

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There’s a black student loan-debt crisis and it needs an urgent solution. How about reparations?

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

Resolving the debt inequality between white and black students. Editor’s note: Black students are more likely than their peers to borrow money for college, struggle with repayment and default on student loans. With the debt problem for black students in particular reaching urgent levels, The Education Trust and The Hechinger Report have partnered on a series of op-eds to amplify the voices of people studying solutions to the black student…

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