Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day

Increasingly, Columbus Day is giving people pause.

More and more towns and cities across the country are electing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day as an alternative to – or in addition to – the day intended to honor Columbus’ voyages.

Critics of the change see it as just another example of political correctness run amok – another […]

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Reparatory justice for indigenous people


While a minority of countries still observe today, October 12, as Columbus Day, The Centre for Reparation Research aligns itself with those who have renamed this day Indigenous Peoples’ Day and, since 2008, International Reparations Day.

It was on October 12, 1492 that Christopher Columbus set foot in the Americas, the so-called ‘New World’; […]

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Britain’s Green Party commits to seeking slavery reparations

As of yesterday (11 October), the Green Party has become the first national party to commit to seeking reparatory justice for the transatlantic trafficking of enslaved Afrikans.

Proposed by Bristol Green Councillor Cleo Lake, the motion will see Greens call on Parliament to establish an All-Party Commission of Inquiry for Truth and Reparatory Justice.

The All-Party […]

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October 12: International Day for reparations

On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus set foot on the so called “New World”, ushering in a cycle of occupation, violence, genocide and slavery: this was the beginning of colonization.

Colonization is a global phenomenon: there is hardly a country in the world that has not been colonized, a colonizer, or both, such as the United […]

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The Case for Climate Reparations

The world’s poorest will bear the worst consequences of the climate crisis. Redirecting international resources to address entrenched inequalities provides a way out.

Current estimates put the world on track for as much as a 5°C temperature increase by the end of the century, reshaping the places that humans have lived […]

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What the UK owes in reparations

By Hasit Shah (Deputy editor, global finance and economics–Quartz)

The day before the United Kingdom finally left the European Union, Bell Ribeiro-Addy gave her first speech in Parliament. The debate that day was about the broader future of “global […]

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France’s Colonial Legacy Is Being Judged in Trial Over African Art

Activists are being tried in Paris over the attempted theft of an African artwork from the Quai Branly Museum, which they say was a protest of colonial-era practices.

PARIS — Wearing a long, white tunic with the names of two African ethnic groups written on it, the defendant stepped forward to the bar, took a breath, […]

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Centre for Reparations Research

In a suburb of Chicago, the world’s first government-funded slavery reparations programme is beginning. Robin Rue Simmons helped make it happen – but her victory has been more than 200 years in the making

by Kris Manjapra

It began with an email. On an especially cold day in Evanston, Illinois, in February 2019, Robin Rue Simmons, 43 […]

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Adekeye Adebajo | Three Prophets Of Reparations

In light of the recent global anti-slavery and anti-colonial protests led by the Black Lives Matter movement, a burning issue that has not been prominently addressed is that of reparations for the victims of these two evil scourges in the Caribbean, the Americas, and Africa. How can Western nations who enslaved and colonised black people […]

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Samuel Jackson Traces the History of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

About two years ago, Samuel L. Jackson, the Hollywood titan, was presented with an idea to take part in a documentary about the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Slavery, of course, was not a new topic of scholarship, and Hollywood had already done a lot on the subject. But he discussed it with his wife, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, […]

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How the shadow of slavery still hangs over global finance

When the infamous Zong trial began in 1783, it laid bare the toxic relationship between finance and slavery. It was an unusual and distressing insurance claim – concerning a massacre of 133 captives, thrown overboard the Zong slave ship.

The slave trade pioneered a new kind of finance, secured on the bodies of the powerless. Today, […]

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