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Why Japanese-Americans received reparations and African-Americans are still waiting | The Conversation

Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, The Conversation Carvings and barbed wire illustrate the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial on Bainbridge Island, Wash. The site, designed by architect Johnpaul Jones, opened in 2011. (AP/Seattle Times/Jordan Stead). Featured Image June, the United States House of Representatives held a debate about reparations to African-Americans. One of the questions in this discussion is why Japanese-Americans received reparations for their internment by the US federal government during the Second World War, yet African-Americans have yet to receive reparations for their ancestors’ enslavement or for other crimes committed against them. I published an article comparing reparations to […]

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What Canada and South Africa can teach the U.S. about slavery reparations | The Conversation

Bonny Ibhawoh, The Conversation Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, left, and actor Danny Glover, right, testify about reparation for the descendants of slaves during a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Capitol Hill on June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). Featured Image merica’s failure to understand, acknowledge and resolve the continuing catastrophe of slavery is holding back the entire nation. Without broad public recognition that the country’s original wealth was derived unjustly through slavery, and that deliberate post-Emancipation efforts perpetuated the social and economic gulf between white and Black America, there can be no justice or healing. Recently, a group […]

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The Truth Behind ’40 Acres and a Mule’ | PBS

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., PBS IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. Featured Image all heard the story of the “40 acres and a mule” promise to former slaves. It’s a staple of black history lessons, and it’s the name of Spike Lee’s film company. The promise was the first systematic attempt to provide a form of reparations to newly freed slaves, and it was astonishingly radical for its time, proto-socialist in its implications. In fact, such a policy would be radical in any country today: the federal government’s massive confiscation of private property — some 400,000 acres — formerly owned by Confederate […]

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Americans are totally fine with reparations, just not for slavery | Quartz

Annalisa Merelli, Quartz the second half of last century, countries like Germany, Austria, France, South Africa, and Canada have amended past wrongs by paying reparations to their victims. The US, too, has supported reparations as a form of restorative justice. After World War II, it supported Jewish victims of the Holocaust in their demands for reparations from Germany and Austria. As recently as 2016, the US Department of State helped Holocaust survivors access the payment owed to them by a French railways company that was an accomplice in deportations. Yet the debate about reparations for slavery has remained at the […]

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America doesn’t need another apology for slavery, but atonement | Dallas News

Joyce King, Contributor, Dallas News History Month, 2019, has been a sobering reality check for millions of white Americans who are expressing shock and outrage at everything from elected officials donning blackface to a beloved movie star’s admission he once wanted to take revenge on a random black man. America does not need another apology for slavery. Any substance from such feel-good moments evaporates before the ink on the proclamation can dry. America would benefit more from a comprehensive history lesson on why an apology was deemed necessary in the first place. I mean, why say “sorry” for something millions […]

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Slavery Reparations Could Cost Up to $14 Trillion, According to New Calculation | Newsweek

Doug Main , Newsweek The Permanent Memorial to Honor the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, in New York City, acknowledges a tragic chapter in the nation’s history. Some have argued that reparations for slavery would help heal long-festering racial strife. EDUARDO MUNOZ / REUTERS. Featured Image 1865, toward the end of the Civil War, Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman promised slaves that they’d receive 40 acres and a mule. Land was even set aside, but the promise was recanted by President Andrew Johnson. Ever since, the issue of reparations has come up many times, often fiercely […]

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How Cory Booker’s “Baby Bond” Proposal Could Transform the Reparations Debate | The New Yorker

Benjamin Wallace Wells , The New Yorker Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) listens during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing for Rex Tillerson, former chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp. and secretary of state nominee for President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images). Featured Image Booker, one of a half-dozen Democrats routinely mentioned as a Presidential contender, is a man of singularly intense enthusiasms. He is a vegan and, after a Rhodes Scholarship and finishing Yale Law, he famously moved into the Brick Towers housing project in the central ward of […]

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The Case for Reparations | The Atlantic (2014) Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

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