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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(Reparations) Is Not a Symbolic Act. It’s a Path to Restorative Justice

The conversation surrounding reparations is underway and the U.S. government must take a leading role.
By Sheila Jackson Lee

For nearly three decades, my former colleague Rep. John Conyers of Michigan would introduce H.R. 40, legislation seeking to establish a commission to study and develop reparation proposals. Though many thought it a lost cause, he believed that […]

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Chicago Passed Police Torture Reparations 5 Years Ago. Were They Implemented?

This month, the movement against Chicago police violence celebrated the fifth anniversary of the passing of the historic reparations ordinance. Born out of more than three decades of legal and political struggle waged by an intergenerational and interracial movement comprised of torture survivors, their families and lawyers, activists and their organizations, and a handful of […]

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City hosts second town hall on Evanston reparations fund

Keerti Gopal, Reporter
May 22, 2020

Just over 100 participants gathered through Zoom on Thursday for a virtual town hall on Evanston’s historic reparations fund.

The fund, established through a city resolution passed in November 2019, will consist of revenue from the cannabis sales tax and aim to address the continued disenfranchisement of black residents through the legacy […]

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Some religious institutions promote reparations

On May 4, 1969 James Forman, spokesman for the National Black Economic Development Conference (NBEDC), presented in the Christian church of Riverside in New York, United States, the Black Manifesto asking the white Christian churches and Jewish synagogues for five hundred million dollars of compensations for the African American population.
In the following decades there were […]

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“We’re Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired” The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Demand for Reparations

The novel Coronavirus Pandemic has revealed the longstanding disparities in health conditions for African Americans in the United States. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she was “shocked” and “disturbed” upon learning that black Chicagoans, who make up 30 percent of the city’s residents, accounted for 70 percent of the fatalities. “Those numbers take your breath […]

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