iOS app Android app

Reparations

Who Wants to Talk About That?

Tom F. Driver | Posted 12.24.2014 | 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 10.18.2014 | 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 Forbes.com 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...

Our Fearful Inheritance: What the Case for Reparations Means for Jail and Prison Reform

John Maki | Posted 08.12.2014 | Chicago
John Maki

In the story of North Lawndale and what it represents, the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center stands for more than the bleak prospects of the neighborhood's young people. The facility is at once a product of the history that Ta-Nehisi Coates chronicles in "The Case for Reparations" and one of most perversely effective methods we use to avoid acknowledging it.

America's Moral Debt To African Americans

Smithsonian.com | Posted 06.09.2014 | Black Voices

As a historian, I know slavery has left a deep scar on America. The reasons are many. I have found wisdom in the words of Cornelius Holmes, a former s...

Disingenuous Evangelicals and a Progressive Christian Case for Reparations

Billy Honor | Posted 08.09.2014 | Religion
Billy Honor

Though there have been many Christian reparations advocates over the years, there has been no significant Christian movement for reparations in the US. I find this sad.

Emily Swanson

Americans Can't Even Stomach An Apology For Slavery, Much Less Reparations

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

In a cover story in The Atlantic last week, Ta-Nehisi Coates built a powerful argument for the U.S. government making reparations to black Americans, ...

Kim Bellware

Reparations Could Be So Much More Than A Check In The Mail

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.30.2014 | Black Voices

CHICAGO -- Della King didn't know what she had missed until her husband revealed his most cherished boyhood memory: his parents cheering for him while...

Reparations and Obama

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The story that troubles me is what occurred under America's first African-American president, in our own time. I refer to the preventable catastrophe of the wipe-out of black home equity. Beginning in the 1970s, when the Federal government finally stopped colluding in racial redlining, black families at last got a reasonable shot at accumulating wealth via the dream of homeownership -- assets for one's old age and something to pass along to one's children. One of the most disgusting slanders by the right against low-income people and especially African Americans is the claim that the subprime collapse resulted from the government pressuring lenders to loan to unqualified borrowers. The vast majority of subprime loans were written by mortgage companies not even covered by federal law. Subprime was a scheme originated on Wall Street to profit from deceiving borrowers.

WATCH: Ta-Nehisi Coates Discusses 'The Case For Reparations'

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 05.23.2014 | Black Voices

In his groundbreaking piece "The Case for Reparations," Ta-Nehisi Coates presents a powerful argument deconstructing the effects of white supremacy on...

Lawmakers Go After French Rail Company Involved In Holocaust

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics

Two New York City lawmakers say the city shouldn't do business with a French rail company that transported 76,000 people to Nazi concentration camps d...

'Sorry' Not Good Enough for Chicago Torture Survivors

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 03.16.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

For years, the anti-torture movement had called for an apology from the city as part of a comprehensive set of remedies. And, they said, Emanuel's seemingly impromptu "sorry" was nowhere near sufficient.

A New Case for African American Reparations: A Simple Three-Part Plan

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

In other words, from a white persons point of view, reparations for the 346 years of chattel slavery and near-slavery like conditions of Jim Crow racism involves a call for black Americans "to do for themselves." Black folk need to get their moral house in order.

14 Caribbean Nations Sue European Countries For Slavery Reparations

Aljazeera America | Posted 09.30.2013 | Black Voices

Fourteen Caribbean nations are suing the governments of the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands for reparations over what the plaintiffs say is...

Not the Time to Blame White America

Jim Moore | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

Cries for reparations dilute the glue of our mutual efforts to bond us together to continue to work toward fulfilling Dr. King's dream.

More Than 3 Dozen Countries Go After Europe For Slavery Reparations

AP | BEN FOX | Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices

MIAMI — Leaders of more than a dozen Caribbean countries are launching a united effort to seek compensation from three European nations for what...

Greece's Unsettled WWII German Reparations: A Stain in the International Legal System

Ilias Sourdis | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Ilias Sourdis

Frustrated with the persistent refusal of Germany to settle the decades long pending WWII German reparation obligations, ordinary Greek citizens have organized a petition and are collecting signatures to demand the long delayed settlement.