U.S. cities and states are discussing reparations for Black Americans. Here’s what’s key.

One lesson from international efforts: Keep reparations distinct from general social support.
By Peter Dixon
As Black Lives Matter protests have surged across the United States, several cities and at least one state have taken significant steps toward offering reparations for slavery and its legacy of systemic racism, including Evanston, Ill.; Asheville, N.C.; Burlington, Vt.; Providence, R.I.; […]

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Independent MP William Wilberforce wrote the Slave Trade Act in 1807 which abolished the industry across the British Empire. It was enacted in 1833

The transatlantic slave trade was launched by Portuguese traders with the construction of sub-Saharan Africa’s first permanent slave trading post at Elmina in 1492.

But it soon passed into Dutch then English hands […]

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Despite COVID-19, the Caribbean Reparations Train Remained on Track in 2020! – PART 2

Read Part One | Read Part Three

November 2020 was a Reparations month to remember.

On November 3, while American voters were busy deciding President Donald Trump’s future at the White House, the United Nations (UN) Security Council held an unprecedented Open Debate on ‘Peace-Building and Sustaining Peace – Contemporary Drivers of Conflict […]

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Reckoning With Slavery: What A Revolt’s Archives Tell Us About Who Owns The Past

by Marjoleine Kars

The consequences of 400 years of the Atlantic slave trade are still felt today. Untangling the power structures and systemic racism that came with slavery is ongoing, with police brutality, memorials to slave owners and reparations forming part of the discussion.

But as the United Nations marks Dec. 2 as the International Day for […]

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Black Movement Organizations Call for Reparations Instead of Giving Tuesday

By Sofia Jarrin

A coalition of Black organizations have decided to skip #GivingTuesday and call for justice by reimagining relationships, repairing harm, and reorganizing economies. Through the #ReparationsMonday campaign, leaders of the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) called for more transformational giving strategies to promote systemic change.

Instead of requesting the traditional #GivingTuesday […]

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Thanksgiving is time for reparations

By Winona LaDuke

It’s Thanksgiving morning everywhere in America. Thanksgiving needs to mean something to Native people, preferably in the form of justice and reparations. Not a “thanks for taking” sort of commemoration. Maybe it’s even time for a reconciliation with Mother Earth.

Here are some ideas. Consider the first thanksgiving with the Wampanoags, Pequots and […]

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The Caribbean’s case for reparations: Part III

COVID-19 has revealed “horrendous legacies” of inequity

This is the third article in a series that highlights the question of slavery reparations in the Caribbean. (The first is here; the second is here.) It is based around issues discussed in the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s live stream event, […]

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Capitalism, Slavery, and Economic White Supremacy

By Calvin Schermerhorn

What is at stake when we talk about the economics of North American slavery? Over the last 75+ years it has been whether capitalism superseded slavery or whether capitalism and slavery were co-constituted, capitalism to some extent relying on slavery. Part of that discussion has been theoretical and part […]

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The Caribbean’s case for reparations: Part II

By Janine Mendes-Franco

This is the second article in a series that highlights the question of slavery reparations in the Caribbean. 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 .

In […]

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