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Germany faced its horrible past. Can we do the same?

What America’s racial reckoning can learn from Germany’s atonement with the Holocaust

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Germany faced its horrible past. Can we do the same? By Michele L. Norris, The Washington Post — Shortly after the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in 2016 on the National Mall, I was speaking to some patrons of a successful nonprofit about the importance of candid racial dialogue in politics and in the places we live, work and worship. One of the participants had recently…

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Slaves on Edisto Island, South Carolina in 1862

Reparations would shake up American capitalism – and that’s a good thing

By Reparations

Paying compensation to the descendants of slaves would not just right a historic wrong, it would transform the US economy for the better. By Aaron White, openDemocracy — When I was a child, I used to visit my Viennese grandmother in the rent-controlled apartment on New York’s Upper West Side that she had been living in for nearly 50 years. I remember the intoxicating smells of sizzling schnitzel and her…

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Why the West is morally bound to offer reparations for slavery

By Editors' Choice, News & Current Affairs

By Rhoda E. Howard Hassmann— The 20th anniversary of the UN World Conference on Racism, held in Durban, South Africa, in 2001, will be celebrated this August. There was much discussion at the conference about reparations to Africa for the trans-Atlantic slave trade, in which millions of Africans were captured to provide free labour in North and South America and the Caribbean for over four and a half centuries. Unfortunately, the conference was…

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