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…

“Who’s Land?” The Trials and Tribulations of Territorial Acknowledgement

Rowland “Ena͞emaehkiw” Keshena Robinson During the autumn of 2016, in October, my sister and I, both of us Indigenous Ph.D. students in philosophy and sociology respectively, attended a conference held at St. Paul’s University College, an affiliate of the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, entitled Decolonizing Education/Integrating Knowledges. The summit was part of a broader…

Reparations Means Global Social Transformation

Glen Ford Reparations is not a token gesture of concern, apology or even solidarity; it seeks justice and redress of wrongs through the transformation of a people’s condition. “An all-Black reparations debate is overdue.” The Democratic presidential race has erupted in incomprehensible babble on reparations. Bernie Sanders says he’s not sure what people mean by…

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights!

Ajamu Baraka The post-WW II promise of human rights was a compact meant for white people only, but a People-Centered Human Rights framework seeks global liberation and transformation. “If human rights are to have any incredibility, any “universal” applicability, any value, they must be seized from the barbaric grip of European and de-colonized.” “…recognition of the…

Cuba Calls for Reparations for Descendants of the African Slave Trade

73 UNGA: Statement by Ambassador Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, on item 119: “Commemoration of the abolition of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade”. New York, 21 November 2018. Madam Chair, We support the intervention made by the Bahamas on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Cuba engaged in…

Black Internationalism and the Colonial Challenges Facing Haiti and Venezuela

Jeanette Charles Solidarity as defined by President Aristide takes root in the African philosophy of Ubuntu, Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu: “a person is a person through other human beings. A person becomes a person through the community. A person is a person when she/he treats others well….Ubuntu is the source of all philosophy grounded in solidarity,…