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A Conversation With Ta-Nehisi Coates

Harvard University’s Institute of Politics | Posted 11.13.2015 | College
Harvard University’s Institute of Politics

This past summer, I read Atlantic Media journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book Between the World and Me. To say it had a profound impact on me and the way I understand race relations in the U.S does not do the piece justice. I finished it with a dropped jaw.

White Christian Scholar Insists Churches Should Talk About Reparations For Descendants Of Slaves

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices

DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) A white scholar touring churches across the nation is trying to convince Christians that racial reconciliation is not enough &mdash...

Cuba's Demands for Reparations and Closing of Guantanamo Are Reasonable

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 10.16.2015 | World
Mark Weisbrot

The 54-year embargo has caused tens of billions of dollars of damage in Cuba through shortages of food and medicine, infrastructure needs (including for clean water), foreign investment that was prevented, and other economic and health effects.

For All Kenyans to Be Equal, Kenyatta Must Move Beyond Words on Justice

David Tolbert | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
David Tolbert

Kenya has an important legal obligation to investigate and prosecute the serious crimes that were committed during the post-election violence period. President Kenyatta has demonstrated utterly no leadership in this respect, and he does his country a disservice by failing to ensure that the law is respected and implemented.

Germany, Greece and the New World Order

Thea Halo | Posted 07.21.2015 | World
Thea Halo

Germany's disregard for Greek lives didn't begin during WWII. It can also be traced back to WWI. For Germany, any policy that advanced its economic or commercial interests, no matter how horrendous and inhumane was and, apparently, still is acceptable.

What America Owes Blacks

Kim Lute | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Lute

Blacks are expected in a few states to live in the shadows of flag that celebrated and promoted our enslavement under any means necessary.

Reparations Would Help Close Wealth Gap in America

Eric Cooper | Posted 06.04.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The questions around reparations to descendants of slaves in America often trigger strident conversations. These discussions lay bare how race continu...

After 30 Years, Accountability for Police Torture in Chicago

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 05.29.2015 | Black Voices
Steven W. Hawkins

The vast majority of Burge's survivors were never compensated for their ordeal, and not a single survivor has ever received adequate reparations. Burge and his detectives were never held accountable for the crime of torture.

Why It's in Turkey's Interest to Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide

David Tolbert | Posted 06.24.2015 | World
David Tolbert

Denial is the final fortress of those who commit genocide and other atrocities. It not only damages the victims and their communities, but also promises a future based on lies, sowing the seeds of more conflict and repression.

Obama Wants Americans To Pay Slavery Reparations, Says Fox Host

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 04.17.2015 | Media

The city of Chicago is proposing a $5.5 million reparations package for those who suffered under the ruthless rule of police commander Jon Burge from ...

Easter Week in Cuba

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 06.06.2015 | Travel
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

Obama will visit a country that is still growing sugarcane and tobacco, making cigars and rum, and needs America, too. Not just our billboards and neon, but also our willingness to learn from our Cuban hosts.

Race in America - Word and Deed

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Rick Ayers

To get beyond the headlines and the squirming of the exposed ones, there are two important things to consider. First, please, let's give at least some attention to the actual operation of racial oppression, something that goes beyond words.

Chicago' Homan Square: Torture by Any Other Name...

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 05.17.2015 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Guardian investigative reporter Spencer Ackerman has sparked a firestorm with a series of reports exposing a "secret" site, in the heart of Chicago's predominantly African-American west side, at which police have conducted off-the-books interrogations for more than 15 years.

Repair-ations Guyana: A Case Study

Alyson Renaldo | Posted 04.05.2015 | Black Voices
Alyson Renaldo

History, my friends, is being made everyday: a phenomenal thing to truly grasp. Historic "shifts," impacting how we think, what we think and (hopefull...

Who Wants to Talk About That?

Tom F. Driver | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Tom F. Driver

Racism is so ingrained in the American experience that no one who has grown up here is free of it -- white, black, or anyone else. Until we acknowledge that, describe it, and share it across the racial divide we are not free.

White Fragility and White Violence in America

Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D. | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D.

Just as sexual violence is a male problem, so too is racism a white problem. White Americans are complicit in -- and the primary beneficiaries of -- a system that dehumanizes and erases black lives.

"Big Wheel Keep on Turnin'": Slavery, Capitalism, and The Economist

Jim Downs | Posted 11.09.2014 | Books
Jim Downs

The brouhaha surrounding Bapitst's book, nevertheless, offers an opportunity to consider what is at stake in this allegedly new move to consider the history of capitalism in the context of slavery.

Fear of the Case for Reparations

Daniel Moulthrop | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Daniel Moulthrop

Last week, Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates emerged from the self-imposed reclusiveness that followed his landmark essay "The Case for Reparati...

Race and Repentance in America

Marianne Williamson | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

We need to apologize, and we need to make genuine amends. America needs to pay long overdue war reparations, and until we do, we will not move forward in any meaningful way. America needs more than forgiveness; we need genuine repentance, and restitution for our national sins.

40 Acres and a Mule, Plus Interest

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.04.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

If we are truly in denial of the past, then we are condemned to repeat it. So, as painful as it will be, if there is any hope for healing the racial divides, we must first talk fully and openly about the past.

War Criminal Accepts Conviction and Expresses Regret for Victims' Suffering: What About Reparations?

Stephen Smith Cody | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Stephen Smith Cody

Few observers expected Germain Katanga, a militia leader found guilty of promoting ruthless attacks on civilians in eastern Congo, to lay down his arms and accept the judgment of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

When Rights Collide

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

When the rights of groups conflict, it makes little sense that the historically privileged should be deemed the aggrieved party. But courtrooms and legislatures are not our only ground. We must reach in honesty and clarity across the social divide.

How the US Is Bullying El Salvador Into Using Monsanto's GMO Seeds

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Our government is missing the chance to correct past mistakes and to partner with the Salvadoran people as they journey toward a just and peaceful society. The American people can do better.

Slavery's Shadow: Reparations and the Cost to Build a Nation

Antonio Moore | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

In a piece recently written on entitled "If There Should Be Reparations For American Slavery The Amount Should Be Around About Nothing"...

Texas Board Votes For Reparations Without Even Knowing It

Associated Press | Posted 06.18.2014 | Black Voices

DALLAS (AP) — Leaders in a North Texas county passed a resolution this week supporting reparations to African-Americans for slavery — without even...