Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Reparations

There was a time reparations were actually paid out – just not to formerly enslaved people

by Thomas Craemer, University of Connecticut Friday, February 26, 2021 No guessing who in this 1864 depiction may have been compensated after slavery ended.  API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images   The cost of slavery and its legacy of…

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Slave-built infrastructure still creates wealth in US, suggesting reparations should cover past harms and current value of slavery

by Joshua F.J. Inwood, Penn State and Anna Livia Brand, University of California, Berkeley Sunday, February 14, 2021 The Port of Savannah used to export cotton picked by enslaved laborers and brought from Alabama to Georgia…

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The government promised to return Ancestral Hawaiian land, then never finished the job

Native Hawaiians are still waiting for state and federal officials to fulfill the promises of land legislation that was signed into law 25 years ago. “Justice delayed is justice denied,” said one former governor. by Rob…

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Posted in Columns Racism Reparations Wade Rathke

Richard Rothstein’s reparations formula

by Wade Rathke New Orleans Richard Rothstein, a distinguished fellow at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. wrote a watershed volume several years ago, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government…

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After the civil rights era, white Americans failed to support systemic change to end racism. Will they now?

Will white people’s participation in Black Lives Matter protests yield real change?  (Photo: Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images” by  Candis Watts Smith, Pennsylvania State University The first wave of the Black Lives Matter movement, which crested…

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in favor of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, saying that nearly half of Oklahoma falls within a Native American reservation. (Photo: wbentprice/Flickr/cc)
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Holding US Government to its Treaty promises: Supreme Court rules nearly half of Oklahoma still Native American Territory

“The big news at the Supreme Court today will be Trump’s taxes,” said Cherokee writer Rebecca Nagle. “But for Indians in Oklahoma, we’ll be talking about today for decades.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, July…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Racism Wade Rathke

Reparations qualifications and confusion

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   As a Nikole Hannah-Jones fan, I followed her arguments carefully and approvingly in a recent piece in the New York Times as she demolished one quick fix after another that…

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Posted in Columns Economy Racism Wade Rathke

Dismantling the false paths to equity

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   I’ll never forget the surprise on a colleague’s face who was working to build a nonprofit community development organization in the Mississippi delta several years ago when we first met….

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Wade Rathke

Reparations vs. Greenwashing

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   A common occurrence on the road to freedom from the “peculiar institution” of slavery, as some termed it, was yet another promise broken. General Sherman’s promise of “40 acres and…

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