Tag: Reparations

Democratic Hopeful Marianne Williamson Asked White Audience Members to Apologize to Black Guests for Slavery

Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks with Democratic presidential candidate and self-help author Marianne Williamson at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Annual International Convention on July 1, 2019, in Chicago.Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) I don’t know if 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson believes that she can win, but she’s certainly entertaining in her losing effort. To […]

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Is Marianne Williamson a Fringe Candidate? Or a Likely One?

Marianne Williamson is a major-minor candidate for president, or a minor-major candidate for president. She believes that America is suffering from a spiritual and moral rot. She believes that the rot can only be healed if an empathetic and loving leader, equally versed in American history and culture, takes the helm. “A person who has […]

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Dutch Railway Will Pay Millions to Holocaust Survivors

LONDON — At the height of World War II, the Dutch railway ran special trains to transit camps where Jews and other minorities awaited deportation to Nazi death camps. The trains were commissioned by Germany, which had invaded the Netherlands in 1940, ignoring a Dutch proclamation of neutrality, and the Dutch railway, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, complied. […]

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For Some Reason I Can’t Put My Finger on, Donald Trump Doesn’t Support Reparations

Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty) I don’t mean to shock you. After all, here you were, minding your business, reading a blog and thinking about all the things you could eat for lunch (Burrito bowl? Salad, out of respect for the summer body that will get here…maybe in 2021? Steak-Umms?) or the places you could travel […]

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No Easy Answers on Reparations

ImageA black Union soldier and his family during the Civil War.CreditAlamy In the 50 years since the civil rights pioneer James Forman demanded $500 million in reparations for African-Americans from synagogues and white churches in his 1969 “Black Manifesto,” the United States has largely avoided any serious discussion of the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow […]

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Black People’s Land Was Stolen

A House Judiciary subcommittee on Wednesday held the first hearing in over a decade on the issue of reparations for black Americans. The hearing took place, fittingly, on the Juneteenth holiday, commemorating the announcement of the end of slavery in the United States, and five years after the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, who testified, reignited the […]

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Clapped Back at Mitch McConnell for Saying ‘No One Alive’ Is Liable for Reparations. So We Came Up With a List

Photo: Zach Gibson (Getty Images) On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing about H.R. 40, a proposal from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) that would authorize a national apology and study reparations for slavery and racial discrimination against black people in America. Among those […]

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America, We Need to Talk

Speaking to a room full of obscenely wealthy people on Tuesday, Joe Biden took a break from asking for money to praise a segregationist—in the name of civility, of course. Echoing one of his already overused arguments, Biden pointed back to the good old days when politicians found common ground, no matter the hateful things […]

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Reparations: Reasonable and Right

This week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked his opinion on the paying of reparations to the descendants of slavery in America, and he came down solidly on the side of “no” and on the side of being intentionally obtuse. Here is his answer in full: “I don’t think reparations for something that happened […]

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Made An Appearance At A House Hearing On Reparations

Getty Today marks Juneteenth, a day meant to celebrate the very slow end of slavery in the United States. Quite fittingly, the House Judiciary subcommittee held a hearing today on bill H.R. 40, a bill introduced by Texas senator Sheila Jackson Lee, which seeks to create a commission to study and develop reparation proposals for […]

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At Raucous Reparations Hearing, Ta-Nehisi Coates Takes Aim at Mitch McConnell

The House waded into the decades-old debate over reparations for African-Americans on Wednesday, convening its first hearing on legislation introduced 30 years ago that would create a commission to develop proposals to address the lingering effects of slavery and consider a “national apology” for the harm it has caused. Hundreds of spectators, mostly black, were […]

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‘An Idea Whose Time Has Come’: Congress Hears the Case for Reparations on Juneteenth

Photo: Getty The contributions of African Americans to this country—and the matter of what the federal government still owes them for those contributions—will take center stage on Capitol Hill today as the House hears H.R. 40, a bill that proposes a commission on reparations be formed. “We know that it’s not just white men that […]

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Reparations Are Rare in America, but They Have Been Paid Before

Ever since a Union Army general announced in Galveston, Tex., that “all slaves are free” on June 19, 1865 — a day now commemorated as Juneteenth — the question of how to compensate the country’s formerly enslaved people has hung over the United States. Lawmakers in Washington are scheduled to address reparations for slavery for […]

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Mitch McConnell on Reparations: ‘We’ve Elected an African-American President’

Photo: J. Scott Applewhit (AP Photo) The topic of reparations has been on the tip of everyone’s tongues as of late, culminating in a House hearing on Wednesday that will explore the subject and “examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community and the […]

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Mitch McConnell Claims That Barack Obama’s Election Was A Form Of Reparations, And People Are Livid

The sitting president of the United States is hogging a lot of the media’s attention today, with him formally announcing his 2020 run during his 6,000th rally of the year, and that’s on top of once again claiming DNA evidence doesn’t exonerate the Central Park 5. But Mitch McConnell is doing what he can. The […]

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The Case for Gay Reparation

The New York Police Department apologized last week to the gay community for the 1969 raid of the Stonewall Inn, the fallout of which is widely credited with spurring the contemporary gay rights movement at home and abroad. Timed to coincide with Stonewall’s 50th anniversary, the statement by Commissioner James P. O’Neill said in part: […]

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Cory Booker Secures 12 Co-Sponsors for Reparations Bill

Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has secured 12 co-sponsors for his reparations bill, according to an announcement the senator’s office released exclusively to The Root. The bill, officially titled, “HR 40 Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act,” would establish a commission to study the […]

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Danny Glover, Ta-Nehisi Coates to Finally Discuss Reparations During House Hearing on Juneteenth

Photo: Theo Wargo (Getty Images for UrbanDaddy) Anyone else tired of waiting for their 40 acres and a mule? While Holocaust victims, survivors of Japanese internment and other victims of genocide or injustice have been compensated for the unspeakable horrors they endured, America built a multi-billion dollar economy by brutalizing our ancestors and somehow refuses […]

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The Case for Immigration as Reparations

There is a lot of debate these days about whether the United States owes its African-American citizens reparations for slavery. It does. But there is a far bigger bill that the United States and Europe have run up: what they owe to other countries for their colonial adventures, for the wars they imposed on them, […]

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Last Known U.S. Slave Ship, the Clotilda, Said to Have Been Discovered in Alabama

Photo: Bojan Jeremic/ iStock Researchers recently announced they’ve located the remains of the last known ship known to bring enslaved Africans to what we now call the United States. According to the Alabama Historical Commission, slave importing was officially banned in 1808, though an illegal trans-Atlantic slave trade continued for many years. In 1860, 50 […]

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