Slavery in the United States justifies reparation

THE WORLD (Naked Departure) — Naked, the United Nations made this decision on Monday.  Black Bajans need to take note.  Stand for your rights.  Stamp out racism, get them gone if thè racists resist.  Chase them off the island…it’s your country.

The history of slavery in the United States justifies reparations for African Americans, argues a recent report by a UN-affiliated group based in Geneva.

This conclusion was part of a study by the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a body that reports to the international organisation’s High Commissioner on Human Rights. The group of experts, which includes leading human rights lawyers from around the world, presented its findings to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, pointing to the continuing link between present injustices and the dark chapters of American history.

“In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent,” the report stated.

Citing the past year’s spate of police officers killing unarmed African American men, the panel warned against “impunity for state violence,” which has created, in its words, a “human rights crisis” that “must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

The panel drew its recommendations, which are nonbinding and unlikely to influence Washington, after a fact-finding mission in the United States in January. At the time, it hailed the strides taken to make the American criminal justice system more equitable but pointed to the corrosive legacy of the past.

“Despite substantial changes since the end of the enforcement of Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another, continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of African Americans today,” it said in a statement. “The dangerous ideology of white supremacy inhibits social cohesion amongst the US population.”

In its report, it specifically dwells on the extrajudicial murders that were a product of an era of white supremacy.

Lynching was a form of racial terrorism that has contributed to a legacy of racial inequality that the United States must address. Thousands of people of African descent were killed in violent public acts of racial control and domination and the perpetrators were never held accountable.

The reparations could come in a variety of forms, according to the panel, including “a formal apology, health initiatives, educational opportunities … psychological rehabilitation, technology transfer and financial support, and debt cancellation.”

To be sure, such initiatives are nowhere in the cards, even after the question of reparations arose again two years ago when surfaced by the groundbreaking work of American journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Separately, a coalition of Caribbean nations is calling for reparations from their former European imperial powers for the impact of slavery, colonial genocide and the toxic racial laws that shaped life for the past two centuries in these countries. Their efforts are fitful, and so far not so fruitful.

When asked by reporters to comment on the tone of the American presidential election campaign on Monday, the working group’s chairman, Ricardo Sunga of the Philippines, expressed concern about “hate speech … xenophobia [and] Afrophobia” that he felt was prevalent in the campaign, although he didn’t specifically call out Republican candidate Donald Trump.

“We are very troubled that these are on the rise,” said Mr Sunga.  (Submitted to Naked Departure; Washington Post – Internet News)

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5 thoughts on “Slavery in the United States justifies reparation”

  1. Ok now I’m hearing this clarion call for reperations..So someone please tell me how this reperations thing will work exactly how will all this money we’re asking for be distributed? Do we give every man woman and child a million US pleas explain cause if that’s the case I’m claiming for my grandmother and grandfather that have passed. …I think asking for reperations is a waste of time because I firmly believe if we were to ever give all that money to black people I guarantee you in less than five years and I’m being conservative the white people would have it all back who ain’t want new car will want new house who ain’t going Disney world would do a world tour and the white people will have all their money back in a hurry just look and see how people change when they get a lil money don’t have to be a jackpot just a lil bonus or back pay…do you know they did a survey few years ago on people who had won the lottery about two dozen of them they had all won over a million some more than one million do you know of that number only four had any significant money left and they had invested in real estate and other things…for me my reperations would be debt forgiveness (not with these current clowns ) we’d be back in it again a brand new spanking hospital equipped with heliport and state of the art equipment a fully renewable society and a few partners in research to help cure diabetes and hypertension that’s what my reperations would look like think we’d be better off than if you gave us money partner with Uwi cause all they do is put out hundreds of regurgitators every year


    1. You make a very good point Adrian. There is still no velocity (turning of the dollar) in the African-American community. As soon as we get a little money we run off to the other communities. One of the main issues is that we have no choice. There isn’t a strong or large enough black business infrastructure of superior businesses that offer massive value and quality products/services.

      The majority of blacks are a consumer oriented, not producer oriented. God bless the ones who would invest a good portion of their money in real estate, securities and their own businesses. But, these would be relatively few. I can pull together the numbers if anyone wants me to.

      If blacks, with their current, collective mindset were to get reparations, it would be a big party for up to about 5 years and mainstream American businesses would make a killing from all of the blacks spending all of that money with them.

      And all of those who are honest with ourselves know that the dope dealer will be the happiest person in the neighborhood.

      After all of the reparations money ran out, they’ll kick us back out on our butts.

      But let me just say that I would rather be more optimistic. I would hope that collectively, we through proper leadership and teaching in our schools, churches, mosques, temples, community centers and in our homes spread the teachings of economic responsibility, the importance of a strong black business infrastructure, STEM values, and wealth accumulation.

      If we are ever going to fix the economic racial disparity in America, we have to do it ourselves, individual-by-individual, family-by-family. Most black people will get out and get a job. But most blacks will not use their minds to capacity and focus on the things that really matter. There isn’t enough focus on fixing our economic system. To borrow the spirit of Fredrick Douglass, If the shoe was on the other foot, that’s ALL whites would be talking about, “How in the world do we get out of this mess?” If the show was on the other foot, that’s all you would be hearing from them.

      For most of us, if it is not about sports, entertainment, fun, sex, expensive trips, clothing or our other material possessions we don’t want to do anything with that. Nothing is wrong with any one of these. But remember, we are one of the most depressed people on the planet. We need to use our minds to create something that will break the yoke that we keep around out necks. I believe that we can. Get real, for most black, reparations from any government at this time in our history may do more overall, big picture harm. Don’t get me wrong, show me the money!

      But we would have more pride for ourselves and from the world if we were to get our acts together and use our collective CREATIVE MIND to come up with solutions that we can use to help ourselves become all we can be with very little help from anyone else. That’s what we need to do.




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