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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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"Plight of the People" Illustration by Brian Washington.

Don’t pit slavery descendants against black immigrants. Racism doesn’t know the difference.

By Editors' Choice

An anti-African, anti-black-immigrant stance is shortsighted. As we celebrate Black History Month, we should not divide the black community. By Kevin Cokley, USA Today — Should African American/black identity be defined by descendants of slavery, or by African ancestry? This increasingly bitter debate in the black community is undermining the spirit of Black History Month. At the center of the conflict is the social movement referred to as ADOS, or the American…

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First slave auction in New Amsterdam.

The 1619 Project Debate with History of Slavery in New York City

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Alan Singer, HNN — Author’s note: “Represent NYC” is a weekly program produced by Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN). The show’s guests usually discuss topics like affordable housing, education policy and domestic violence. I was invited to discuss the New York Times’ 1619 Project and the long-term impact of slavery on New York and American society for a Black History Month broadcast. This post includes the questions I prepared to answer and notes…

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Sullivan’s Island

The Erasure of the History of Slavery at Sullivan’s Island

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Roy E. Finkenbine, HNN — The history of slavery in America is, to a great extent, the history of erasure. For most of the century and a half since the Civil War ended, families, communities, churches, universities, banks, insurance companies, and a host of other institutions have gone out of their way to ignore past involvement in what Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners has labeled “America’s original sin.” I…

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Slavery

Black Christian leaders push for slavery reparations, call on Christian colleges to hire more faculty of color

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Jeremiah Poff, The College Fix — Panelist says institutions should get used to losing money. Though most were founded long after the transatlantic slave trade ended, Christian colleges have a role to play in remedying the effects of the practice, black scholars and activists told a conference Thursday. Namely, they can hire two to three faculty or staff of color at a time and require all courses to include…

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Slave Societies Digital Archive

Digital archives helping to preserve slave records

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Building a digital archive for decaying paper documents, preserving centuries of records about enslaved people. By Daniel Genkins — Paper documents are still priceless records of the past, even in a digital world. Primary sources stored in local archives throughout Latin America, for example, describe a centuries-old multiethnic society grappling with questions of race, class and religion. However, paper archives are vulnerable to flooding, humidity, insects, and rodents, among other threats….

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Liverpool

Liverpool street sign plan to highlight city’s slavery links

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Liverpool could introduce plaques to give an “honest account” of places connected to the slave trade. By BBC News — Much of the city’s 18th Century wealth came from the trade involving British slavers transporting Africans across the Atlantic. Mayor Joe Anderson said paintings, street names and buildings in the city were “important parts of the historical record which should not be concealed”. He is calling for new signs to…

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African/African American Unity

Understanding the Division Between African Americans and Africans

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Dwayne Wong (Omowale) — The slave trade not only physically separated African Americans and Africans, but it created a psychological separation as well. At the root of this continued division between the two groups are misconceptions rooted in the narratives that each group has been given about themselves, as well as each other. As African people we continue to view ourselves and each other through the lens of the…

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A portrait from 1868 of abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

Faith made Harriet Tubman fearless as she rescued slaves

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By Robert Gudmestad — Millions of people voted in an online poll in 2015 to have the face of Harriet Tubman on the US$20 bill. But many might not have known the story of her life as chronicled in a recent film, “Harriet.” Harriet Tubman worked as a slave, spy and eventually as an abolitionist. What I find most fascinating, as a historian of American slavery, is how belief in God helped Tubman…

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Idina Menzel, left, and Kristen Bell at the premiere of “Frozen II” in Los Angeles.

Frozen II isn’t just a cartoon. It’s a brilliant critique of imperialism

By Commentaries/Opinions

We must atone for the sins of imperialism By Priya Satia, Washington Post — Every Thanksgiving, Americans trot out the self-congratulatory myth that colonization was a harmonious, bloodless affair — that native peoples practically gifted their lands to America and then served up a feast. We forget the aggressive colonial practices (including kidnapping and enslavement) that actually surrounded the holiday’s roots. This year, however, Thanksgiving also brought us Disney’s “Frozen II,” a…

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