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How reparations for American descendants of slavery could narrow the racial wealth divide

NBC News, Thursday, June 20, 2019
On June 19, activists and lawmakers gathered for a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the topic of reparations — whether the United States government should provide compensation to the descendants of slaves. The issue, which remains controversial, has recently gathered momentum... Read More »

At Historic Hearing, House Panel Explores Reparations

New York Times, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
WASHINGTON — Frail but sharp at 88, the Rev. Doris Sherman woke up at 4 a.m. on Wednesday to travel here from Philadelphia for an event that, even after the nation elected its first black president, she never thought she would see: a meeting in the capital of the United States on reparations for... Read More »

Democrats Want to Tackle Reparations, but Joe Biden Isn't So Sure

Vice, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
For the first time in decades, reparations are part of the mainstream political debate. Top-tier Democratic presidential candidates, including Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, have discussed the need to address the historic evil of slavery and the massive wealth gap... Read More »

Duke professor outlines definition of reparations

The Washington Post, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Duke University professor William Darity outlined the three components of reparations on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” on June 19. Watch the video here. 

Where Mitch McConnell’s rationale for not exploring reparations falls short

The Washington Post, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Congress is examining the topic of reparations for the descendants of slaves for the first time in more than a decade Wednesday. But while the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and civil liberties is interested enough to consider the topic, it will be a... Read More »

What you need to know about reparations after the first congressional hearing convened on the topic in more than a decade

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, the Democratic presidential candidate from New Jersey; the actor Danny Glover; the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates; and many others were there. The subject on Wednesday was reparations for slavery, at the first congressional hearing on the topic in more than a decade, on a bill... Read More »

House panel hears the case for reparations

Marketplace, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Congress is marking Juneteenth with a hearing on H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act. June 19 marks the anniversary of when some enslaved African Americans finally received news in 1865 that they were free more than two years... Read More »

Ta-Nehisi Coates tears into McConnell for slavery comments

Axios, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
"For a century after the Civil War black people were subjected to a relentless campaign of terror, a campaign that extended well into the lifetime of Majority Leader McConnell. It is tempting to divorce this modern campaign of terror, of plunder, from enslavement, but the logic of enslavement, of... Read More »

Those who most need affordable housing can learn to become their own best advocates

Miami Herald, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Miami-Dade County faces two critical and interrelated challenges: the affordable housing crisis and the increasing impact of climate change. These issues intersect at both the household and neighborhood levels.   At the personal level, an individual needs roughly $400 to cover water, food... Read More »

What Americans Need to Know About Reparations Ahead of This Week’s Big Hearing

Slate, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
On Wednesday, a House Judiciary subcommittee will hold the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on the subject of reparations. Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author of the 2014 essay “The Case for Reparations,” and actor Danny Glover are scheduled to testify at the hearing, which will... Read More »

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