No apology for slavery, says Dutch PM in bad-tempered debate about racism

The Dutch government has no plans at the moment to offer an apology for slavery and the Dutch role in the slave trade, prime minister Mark Rutte said during an often heated debate on racism and discrimination on Wednesday evening.

Two of the four coalition parties – D66 and ChristenUnie – had called on the […]

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The United States owes Black America reparations

By Khury Petersen-Smith and Akua Gyamerah

The uprising sparked in Minneapolis by the police murder of George Floyd – which spread across the country and around the world – is building on and moving beyond the movements against racist policing that preceded it.

As community activists challenge officials to slash law enforcement budgets and force a serious […]

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Reparations bill gains steam following the death of George Floyd

By Mike Lillis (The Hill)

Legislation exploring whether Black Americans should receive restitution for slavery may soon get a huge boost, as a growing number of Democrats are hoping to move reparations this summer as another response to the death of George Floyd.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will huddle Wednesday to discuss their next […]

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Belgium – Moving from Regrets to Reparations

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, celebrations for the 60th anniversary of independence on June 30 were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of the usual festivities, the government called for a day of “reflection.” The Belgian king, Philippe, wrote a letter to the Congolese president that contained few words but much to reflect […]

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The day of great deception in Suriname

July 1, 1863: The day of great deception in Suriname

For many years Surinamese people of African descent, whose ancestors worked on the plantations in the colony of Suriname, celebrated and commemorated ‘Keti Koti’ on July 1 as “Emancipation Day”.

In recent years they have been doing this more and more together with others from our Republic. […]

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The Wrongful Death of Toussaint Louverture

The hero of the Haitian Revolution’s lonely death in a French prison cell was not an unfortunate tragedy but a cruel story of deliberate destruction.

On the morning of 7 April 1803, Toussaint Louverture, leader of the slave insurrection in French Saint-Domingue that led to the Haitian Revolution, was found dead by a guard in the […]

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Oxford college backs removal of Cecil Rhodes statue

Oriel College launches independent commission to examine key issues around imperialist’s statue

Oxford University’s Oriel College has voted in favour of removing its statue of the Victorian imperialist Cecil Rhodes and will set up an independent inquiry into the key issues around it following a student-led campaign that began four years ago.

The governing body of Oriel […]

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Lloyd’s of London and Greene King to make slave trade reparations

Firms will make payments to benefit the BAME community and promote diversity

Two major British firms have pledged to make payments to representatives of black people, as well as those of other minority ethnic backgrounds, as they seek to address their founders’ roles in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

The pub chain and brewer Greene King and the […]

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Racist Statue Removed Amid Maori Protests

In New Zealand, Hamilton City Mayor Paula Southgate Friday removed the statue of John Hamilton, a British captain who died in the Gate Pa battle against the Maori people in 1864.

Her decision occurs after a Maori resident publicly declared that he had planned to tear the statue down during anti-racist protests over the weekend.

“An increasing […]

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It’s not Obesity. it’s Slavery

By Sabrina Strings
About five years ago, I was invited to sit in on a meeting about health in the African-American community. Several important figures in the fields of public health and economics were present. A freshly minted Ph.D., I felt strangely like an interloper. I was also the only black person in the room.

One of […]

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