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Marianne Williamson's Words on Reparations Made Waves

Her argument was hailed as 'powerful'

(Newser) - In Tuesday night's Democratic debate, Marianne Williamson was asked about her stance on reparations—and some are hailing her answer as the best that's been given. In questioning her, Don Lemon stated that Williamson has been "calling for up to $500 billion in financial assistance. What makes... More »

McConnell: Obama and I Both Have Slave-Owning Ancestors

He says they're the same in that way, and on subject of reparations

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell is opposed to reparations, a stance that he says is unchanged by some digging NBC News did. On Monday, it published a report based on 1850 and 1860 census records that showed two of his great-great-grandfathers were Alabama slave owners, having at least 14 slaves between them. CNN... More »

2 Big Names Heading to Capitol to Talk Reparations

Danny Glover, Ta-Nehisi Coates will testify at House Judiciary subcommittee hearing

(Newser) - The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade, with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House panel next Wednesday. The hearing's stated purpose: "to examine, through open and constructive discourse,... More »

Georgetown Once Sold 272 Slaves. Now, Students Want to Pay $27.20 Fee

Fee approved in referendum would benefit descendants of slaves college once sold

(Newser) - Students at Georgetown University may soon see a new $27.20 fee pop up on their bill each semester, and it's one they voted to add. ABC News reports that undergrads at the Jesuit college voted Thursday, by an almost 2-to-1 margin, to approve a referendum that would mandate... More »

David Brooks Changes His Mind on Reparations

'Times' columnist thinks they might be the only way to heal the race divide

(Newser) - Five years ago, one of the most prominent black pundits, Ta-Nehisi Coates, made the case that the US should pay reparations to African-Americans over slavery. At the time, New York Times columnist David Brooks, who is white, was skeptical. "What about the recent African immigrants?" he recalls thinking. "... More »

South Africa to Seize Land from White Owners

The land grabs were approved where negotiations to purchase failed

(Newser) - The South African government has begun the controversial process of seizing land from white farmers in cases where negotiations to purchase the plots have fallen through. Per Newsweek , two game farms in the country's Limpopo province will be the first ones taken under the order after their owners declined... More »

Polish Official Says Germany Owes Poland $850B for WWII

'We are talking about very large, but justified amounts of compensation'

(Newser) - A Polish official said Friday that Germany could owe his country $850 billion for the damage it inflicted during World War II, the AP reports. Arkadiusz Mularczyk is leading a team in the parliament that is assessing potential reparations to Poland. Germany killed 6 million Polish citizens and caused great... More »

Germany Begins to Apologize for a Different Genocide

Historians think slaughter in Africa was the first genocide of 20th century

(Newser) - In 1907, Germans cut the head off a man in Africa and sent it, with hundreds of others, to Germany as part of research to establish white superiority. The man, Cornelius Fredericks, was a legendary Nama fighter who'd led a rebellion against occupying German forces in Namibia, and he... More »

Poland May Demand Germany 'Pay Terrible Debt They Owe'

Analysis of whether to make reparations claim due by Aug. 11

(Newser) - Poland is looking into demanding reparations from Germany for the massive losses inflicted on Poland during World War II. Arkadiusz Mularczyk, a lawmaker with the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), said Wednesday the Polish Parliament's research office is preparing an analysis of whether to make the claim and... More »

Amazon Plans Rival to HBO's Confederate

'Black America' will focus on 'New Colonia,' secured by freed slaves after Reconstruction

(Newser) - A sovereign nation called New Colonia—made up of the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, acquired by former black slaves after Reconstruction in a reparations deal—has maintained a "tumultuous and sometimes violent relationship" with "Big Neighbor," the remainder of the United States. That's the... More »

Blacks Should Get Reparations From US: UN Panel

Experts say it's only right after history of 'racial terrorism'

(Newser) - While officials in Barcelona lobby to replace what they say is a symbol of oppression and slavery , a United Nations panel is calling on the United States to offer reparations to black people for the country's history of "racial terrorism," per the Washington Post . In a nonbinding... More »

Slave Descendants Go to Front of Georgetown Admissions Line

Slave descendants to receive preference

(Newser) - Georgetown University will give admissions preference to the descendants of slaves owned by the Maryland Jesuits as part of its effort to atone for profiting from the sale of enslaved people, the AP reports. Georgetown President John DeGioia told news outlets that the university in Washington, DC, will implement the... More »

Black Lives Matter Demands Slavery Reparations

'We seek radical transformation, not reactionary reform'

(Newser) - A coalition of more than 60 groups, including Black Lives Matter, is demanding slavery reparations—encompassing free tuition to public universities, among other things—in its first policy platform released Monday, reports the Los Angeles Times . The platform is the result of a year’s work and touches on everything... More »

Coates: We Need to Talk About Sanders' Opposition to Reparations

Ta-Nehisi Coates says the position makes no sense

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders claims to be the candidate of change, yet he's against reparations for slavery. When asked about it last week, Sanders explained that it's a "very divisive" issue and "its likelihood of getting through Congress is nil." In the Atlantic , Ta-Nehisi Coates—a big... More »

Dallas Votes for Slavery Reparations

Commissioners didn't quite read resolution before approving it

(Newser) - Dallas County now officially backs paying reparations for slavery—not out of a thirst to right historical wrongs, but because commissioners weren't paying attention at a meeting. John Wiley Price, the only black commissioner on the Dallas County Commissioners Court, declared that African Americans should be "satisfied with... More »

It's Time for Reparations for Black Americans

Ta-Nehisi Coates starts the conversation in the 'Atlantic'

(Newser) - Ta-Nehisi Coates argues in a lengthy cover story in the Atlantic that America must at long last take up the question of making reparations to black people. He focuses not just on slavery, however, but also on the following 150 years of systemic racism—with banks working in collusion with... More »

Caribbean: It's Time for Slavery Reparations

15 countries poised to seek development aid, apology from Europe

(Newser) - Caribbean leaders say the effects of the slave trade can still be felt today, and it's time for Europe to offer reparations—and a clear apology. The leaders of 15 Caribbean countries are meeting today, and they're expected to issue a 10-point plan calling for action, the Guardian ... More »

Holocaust Victims Sue Hungarian Railroad

Survivors, heirs seek $240 million for stolen property

(Newser) - Hungarian survivors of the Holocaust and the heirs of those killed are suing the state railroad for complicity in the Nazi genocide. The suit, which seeks class-action status, seeks $240 million for the theft of the victims' property and $1 billion in punitive damages. It's being filed by a Northwestern... More »

Slavery Reparations Should Be Obama's Next Stimulus

Time for the president to break his long silence on America's racial divide

(Newser) - President Obama is taking so much heat from opponents wrongly convinced that he's keen on redistributing white America's wealth to African-Americans that he might as well go ahead and do it, Naomi Klein writes in the Guardian. Obama's administration has been pursuing "race-neutral" policies that do nothing to close... More »

Senate Apologizes for Slavery

(Newser) - The Senate today apologized for slavery and civil rights abuses against African-Americans, CNN reports. The unanimous gesture—it comes on the eve of Juneteenth, which marks the end of the Civil War—carries a disclaimer that it's not meant to authorize reparations, notes the Chicago Tribune. The House will vote... More »

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