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400 years since slavery: a timeline of American history
Fri 16 Aug 2019 07.00 BST Last modified on Fri 16 Aug 2019 07.57 BST | News | The Guardian by Khushbu Shah and Juweek Adolphe

This article drew on a number of books about the American history of slavery, including The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E Baptist; American Slavery, 1619-1877 by Peter Kolchin; and Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy by Nikil Pal Singh. It also used census data available online at
African-Americans  anniversaries  books  disenfranchisement  Great_Migration  history  Jim_Crow  reparations  slavery  timelines  voter_suppression 
august 2019 by jerryking
40 Acres and a Mule Would Be at Least $6.4 Trillion Today—What the U.S. Really Owes Black America by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn and Jeff Neumann — YES! Magazine
Slavery made America wealthy, and racist policies since have blocked African American wealth-building. Can we calculate the economic damage?

Tracy Loeffelholz DunnJeff Neumann posted May 14, 2015
reparations  race  slavery  African-Americans  generational_wealth  racism  racial_disparities  infographics 
march 2017 by jerryking
A Different Bargain on Race
MARCH 4, 2017 | The New York Times | Ross Douthat.

Instead, the demographic transformation of America has given us a Democratic Party more attuned to racial injustice or committed to ethnic patronage (depending on your point of view) than ever, and a Republican Party that has exploited white racism or ridden a white backlash against ethnic patronage (again, depending on your perspective) on its way to control of the House, the Senate and the White House.

At one end of this polarized political landscape, you have the liberal acclaim that greeted Ta-Nehisi Coates’s case for reparations, his argument that the debt owed by “the people who believe themselves to be white” to the descendants of African slaves is vast and essentially unpaid.

At the other end you have the fears of those white Trump voters who feel like the new liberalism offers affirmative action for everyone but them, allowing immigrants and minorities to “cut the line” (to borrow an image from Arlie Russell Hochschild’s recent study of working-class Republicans) and claim an American dream that they themselves can no longer reach.

These views are worlds apart, but it is actually possible to accept elements of both. It can be simultaneously true that slavery and Jim Crow robbed black Americans on a scale that still requires redress, and that offering redress through a haphazard system of minority preferences in hiring, contracting and higher education creates a new set of reasonable white grievances in its turn.
Ross_Douthat  race  race_relations  slavery  GOP  identity_politics  Democrats  reparations  affirmative_action  bargaining  one-time_events  the_American_dream 
march 2017 by jerryking
The Impossibility of Reparations
JUN 3 2014 | - The Atlantic | DAVID FRUM.

If “reparations” means remembrance and repentance for the wrongs of the past, then let’s have reparations. Americans tell a too-flattering version of their national story. They treat slavery as ancillary rather than essential. They forget that the work of slaves paid this country’s import bill from the 17th century until 1860. They do not acknowledge that the “freedom” championed by slaveholding Founding Fathers, including the author of the Declaration of Independence, included the freedom to own other human beings as property. They can no longer notice how slavery is stitched into every line of the Constitution and was supported by every single early national institution. The self-reckoning we see in Germany and other European countries does not come easily to Americans—and is still outright rejected by many.
slavery  myths  origin_story  reparations  Ta-Nehisi_Coates  African-Americans  racial_disparities  execution  affirmative_action  race_relations  David_Frum  slaveholders  Founding_Fathers 
june 2014 by jerryking
Race and reparations: What America owes
Medicine4theDeadin reply to Sola StellaMay 24th, 00:52
You clearly didn't read the piece or are another stupid racist. White kids have "legacies" to assist them getting into a university. Do you real...
slavery  legacies  the_South  letters_to_the_editor  reparations  race  white_privilege 
may 2014 by jerryking
Caribbean Nations to Seek Reparations, Putting Price on Damage of Slavery -
Published: October 20, 2013

Fourteen Caribbean countries that once sustained that slave economy now want Mr. Hague to put his money where his mouth is.

Spurred by a sense of injustice that has lingered for two centuries, the countries plan to compile an inventory of the lasting damage they believe they suffered and then demand an apology and reparations from the former colonial powers of Britain, France and the Netherlands.

To present their case, they have hired a firm of London lawyers that this year won compensation from Britain for Kenyans who were tortured under British colonial rule in the 1950s.
slavery  reparations  Caribbean  United_Kingdom  litigation  injustice 
october 2013 by jerryking
Reason in Disrepair -
November 22, 2002 | WSJ | By ALLEN GUELZO.
Reparations for slavery were one of the first concerns raised by blacks after emancipation in 1863. They have since come to address, along with slavery, Jim Crow, race riots, and other indignities and cruelties heaped upon black Americans in the days before the Civil Rights movement. Reparations are not, on their face, simply a dismissible idea or merely a partisan one. If we recognize any force in the arguments in favor of reparations for the Holocaust or for the interning of Japanese-Americans during World War II, then there's nothing illogical about considering some form of reparations to American blacks.

The key word is "considering." That suggests some kind of dispassionate review of facts, arguments and strategies. None was in evidence at "Forty Acres and a Mule," a reparations conference last week at Columbia University in New York, where I was a panelist. The word "reparations" can mean many things depending on one's point of view: restitution, reinstatement, restoration. At Columbia it meant one thing: rage.

Any kind of reasonable discussion at the conference was trumped, and trumped big-time, by anger. Some panelists spoke of vague, global reparations for racism toward all blacks everywhere, so vague that one questioner from the audience tried to pin down a panelist by asking: "Yes, but who's going to write me the check?" Other panelists cast their demands in the language of personal therapy. One complained of the "pain" he experienced from centuries of subjugation, without explaining just how reparations were going to ease that pain.
reparations  slavery  Emancipation  Civil_War  rage  African-Americans  personal_therapy  Jim_Crow  indignities 
march 2012 by jerryking
Call to apologise for slave trade links - a Niagara of Media/Spin /PR
Awfully sorry, but penitence for slavery is overdue

By Jonathan Guthrie

Published: September 21 2006 03:00 | Last updated: September 21 2006
slavery  abolition  reparations  apologies 
january 2012 by jerryking
Abolitionists' year -
September 28, 2006 3:00 am
Abolitionists' year

By Crispin Rope
abolition  slavery  letters_to_the_editor  reparations 
january 2012 by jerryking
Some Truths About Black Disadvantage -
JANUARY 3, 2005 | WSJ | By AMY L. WAX.

A central tenet of the law of remedies is that someone who harms another person -- the wrongdoer -- must undo that harm. Justice requires that the culprit right the wrong by restoring the victim to his rightful position -- the state he would have enjoyed had he never been wronged. In distinguishing between liability and remedy -- between causing harm and undoing harm -- the law also recognizes that reality can fall short of the ideal. The wrongdoer may quite literally lack the power to make the victim whole. The assailant cannot replace the eye he has destroyed. The murderer cannot bring the dead to life. Full justice for the victim may simply be out of reach.
reparations  African-Americans  disadvantages  Bill_Cosby  racism  Amy_Wax  hard_truths 
november 2011 by jerryking

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