Tag: Reparations

Japan to Compensate Forcibly Sterilized Patients, Decades After the Fact

TOKYO — More than 20 years after it repealed a eugenics law, Japan has agreed to compensate victims of a decades-long government program under which thousands of people were forcibly sterilized because of intellectual disabilities, mental illness or genetic disorders. Under a bill passed by Japan’s Parliament on Wednesday, the government will offer 3.2 million […]

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When Slaveowners Got Reparations

On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill emancipating enslaved people in Washington, the end of a long struggle. But to ease slaveowners’ pain, the District of Columbia Emancipation Act paid those loyal to the Union up to $300 for every enslaved person freed. That’s right, slaveowners got reparations. Enslaved African-Americans got nothing […]

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Stacey Abrams Says There Was ‘Incompetence’ In Media Coverage of Her Campaign, Will Announce Her Future Political Plans in the Coming Weeks

Former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams sat down with The Root to reflect on her 2018 campaign for the governor’s mansion in Georgia and whether or not the country is ready for a black woman to be president. She also discussed the media’s treatment of her during her run for governor and some of the racist […]

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Georgetown Students Agree to Pay Reparations. No, Really

Image: iStock Welcome to 2019—where whole-ass cities are suing their citizens for allegedly beating themselves up, affluent white folks are fucking off their privilege by scamming universities, a black kid from Atlanta has resurrected country music, and reparations are somehow trending without the need of a hashtag. But while presidential hopefuls such as U.S. Sen. […]

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Georgetown Students Agree to Create Reparations Fund

Students at Georgetown University voted on Thursday to increase their tuition to benefit descendants of the 272 enslaved Africans the school sold nearly two centuries ago to secure its financial future. The fund they voted to create would represent the first instance of reparations for slavery by a prominent American organization. The proposal passed with […]

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How Radical Is Too Radical for 2020 Democrats?

In the current election cycle, bets on moderation have few takers. Leading Democratic candidates are supporting bold progressive policy initiatives that are supported by liberal primary voters but may prove to be a tough sell to the general electorate. President Trump and his Republican allies will certainly try to use these initiatives against their Democratic […]

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Exclusive: Sen. Cory Booker Introduces Senate Bill to Study Reparations

Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) told The Root in an exclusive, hour-long interview at his home in Newark, N.J., that he unequivocally supports reparations for black people and that he is introducing a Senate version of the House bill on Monday that will form a commission to study reparations. Booker’s bill, Commission […]

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On the Anniversary of MLK Jr.’s Assassination, We Should Heed King’s Economic Roadmap to Reparations

In this Aug. 28, 1963, file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.Photo: AP File Photo In a 1968 speech just prior to his death on April 4, Martin Luther King Jr. appeared to […]

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The Green New Deal Should Include Reparations

Environmental justice activist Anthony Rogers-Wright lives full-time in Seattle, Washington, but just happened to be in Massachusetts last weekend when he heard that Senator Ed Markey was holding a town hall about the Green New Deal in Northampton, a crunchy college town in the heart of the state. So Rogers-Wright attended, in the hopes of […]

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Who Should Own Photos of Slaves? The Descendants, not Harvard, a Lawsuit Says

NORWICH, Conn. — The two slaves, a father and daughter, were stripped to the waist and positioned for frontal and side views. Then, like subjects in contemporary mug shots, their pictures were taken, as part of a racist study arguing that black people were an inferior race. Little did they know that 169 years later, […]

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What Are Reparations and Why Are They a Hot Ticket Item in 2020? | Unpack That

Reparations for slavery is one of the hottest political topics on the 2020 campaign trail. But, who wants them? Who gets them? And why are they important? First things first: Reparations for slavery isn’t all about getting that bag. It’s part of it, for sure, but it’s also about acknowledging and reconciling a wrong. In […]

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For 2020 Democrats, Once-Fringe Issues Emerge as Part of the Debate

[Sign up for our politics newsletter and join our conversation about the 2020 presidential race.] It was a made-for-social-media moment for Pete Buttigieg. In Philadelphia last month on his book tour, Mr. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and a Democratic candidate for president, fielded an unlikely question from the audience: “Would you support […]

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The Case for Reparations

I’ve been traveling around the country for the past few years studying America’s divides — urban/rural, red/blue, rich/poor. There’s been a haunting sensation the whole time that is hard to define. It is that the racial divide doesn’t feel like the other divides. There is a dimension of depth to it that the other divides […]

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Amid Some Economic Gains, Black Homeownership Continues to Fall: Report

Marquita Ealy with the Richmond, California chapter of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) tours a foreclosed home during a bus tour of foreclosed and blighted properties on July 13, 2012 in Richmond, California.Photo: Getty Images Despite record low unemployment and higher wages than in the past, substantial barriers to homeownership continue to […]

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With Ground Zero Payments Slashed, a Push to Replenish a 9/11 Fund

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] It has been more than 17 years since the World Trade Center collapsed in the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, and since 2011, a rededicated fund has compensated emergency personnel and others who responded to the scene and have […]

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Why Everyone’s Talking About Reparations, Explained

Photo: iStock Explain Like I’m a Racist 5-Year-OldLike the popular subreddit “Explain Like I’m 5,” which simplifies complex issues into easily understandable, digestible bites, “Explain Like I’m a Racist 5-Year-Old” breaks down complicated subjects on the intersection of race, economics and politics, making them so simple, even a bigoted toddler could understand them.   Hello again, […]

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This Black History Month, Let’s Recognize the African-American Prisoners Who Helped Build America

Convicts from the Bibb County, Ga., jail shovelling earth on March 19, 1937, more than 70 years after the convict lease system was put in place. And so it continues.Photo: AP Photo Like much of the rest of the discourse around jails, prisons and mass incarceration, Black History Month is not usually a time when […]

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2020 Democrats Embrace Race-Conscious Policies, Including Reparations

From the very first day of the 2020 presidential race, when Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts blamed “generations of discrimination” for black families earning far less than white households, Democratic hopefuls have broadly emphasized racial justice and closing the wealth gap in their policy platforms. But in recent weeks, some candidates have started embracing specific […]

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