White Lies Shattered

Episode 1: Shattering the white lie that “Europeans brought civilization to the world” On the premiere episode of “White Lies Shattered,” a special series hosted by Reparations in Action, Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee explores the genocidal origins of capitalism and uproot the lies white people tell ourselves about slavery, colonialism…

Pan-Africanism and the Pitfalls of National Citizenship

The Black Agenda Review The Review interrogates the thought of academic and activist Layla Brown-Vincent, who says she was “reared and steeped in Pan-Africanist thought and organization” from birth. For the second post in the Black Citizenship Forum we feature an interview with cultural anthropologist Dr. Layla Brown-Vincent. Brown-Vincent teaches Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston….

Racism, Capitalism: Are Reparations Impossible?

Mireille Fanon Mendès France In December 2014, the UN General Assembly proclaimed in its Resolution 68/237 the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). This Decade should have aimed at encouraging states to eradicate the social injustices produced by history and to combat racism and racial prejudice and discrimination that people of African descent…

Black Labor from Chattel Slavery to Wage Slavery

Sam Marcy Black August commemorates the Aug. 7, 1970, raid on the Marin County Courthouse led by young revolutionary Jonathan Jackson, and the Aug. 21, 1971, assassination of Black Panther prison organizer George Jackson at San Quentin Prison. Every year, revolutionaries use this month to uplift the Black liberation struggle, especially the cause of political prisoners. …

Reparations for Development and Justice for the Caribbean

Prime Minister Gaston Browne The labor costs alone of our forebears would have created a debt of approximately two trillion dollars, which must be repaid. “Reparations and its compensatory mechanisms could be utilized as the new frontier to achieve equity, global peace and unity.” The following is an address by Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne…

America’s Last Slave Ship Could Offer a Case for Reparations

Jay Reeves Clotilda descendants Ruth Ballard, Joycelyn Davis and Darron Patterson, from left. The riches that accrued from the last US slave shipment are in plain site of the voyage’s descendants in Mobile, Alabama. “The international slave trade was already outlawed, but Meaher wagered he could import slaves in defiance of the ban.” Alabama steamship…

The Great Land Robbery

Vann R. Newkirk II A war waged by deed of title has dispossessed 98 percent of black agricultural landowners in America. Any conversation about reparations must consider the land. I. Wiped Out “You ever chop before?” Willena Scott-White was testing me. I sat with her in the cab of a Chevy Silverado pickup truck, swatting at…

Theft of a Continent — America’s Real Original Sin

Mark P. Fancher Before slavery there was the theft of territory from indigenous nations followed in short order by a campaign of genocide. “Though the surrender of the settlers’ nation building project may seem unreasonable, it is precisely what the settlers demanded of America’s indigenous first nations.” Another Fourth of July has come and gone….

We are Already Late to the Great Black Reparations Debate

Glen Ford The following essay was prepared for the 30th annual convention of NCOBRA, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, held June 20 – 23 in Detroit. 2017 is the year that reparations definitively became a “mainstream” issue – meaning, serious candidates for president have been compelled to discuss the need to…