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The US students who want to pay slavery descendants

BBC News, Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Students at Georgetown University are voting on whether or not they should pay reparations to the descendants of slaves sold by the institution. In 1838 the Jesuit university, which relied on financial support from wealthy plantation owners and often received slaves as gifts from prosperous... Read More »

What Democrats Could Learn From 2015 NBA All-Star Kyle Korver About Persuading White People to Support Reparations

Slate, Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Reparations have become a tricky subject for Democratic politicians. Thanks to (among other factors) the Black Lives Matter movement, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2014 “Case for Reparations” essay in the Atlantic, and the general focus on American racism occasioned by the backlash against Barack Obama’s... Read More »

Why black people discriminate among ourselves: the toxic legacy of colorism

The Guardian, Tuesday, April 9, 2019
My grandmother was a great beauty. Everybody said so. “Like a black Elizabeth Taylor,” was the comment heard most often, because her eyes looked violet in some light. She had a perfect hourglass figure, large clear eyes, a tiny waist, long slim hands, a killer sense of dress and smooth dark skin... Read More »

This Could Be the First Slavery Reparations Policy in America

Politico, Tuesday, April 9, 2019
In September 2014, a Georgetown junior published a column in The Hoya, the student newspaper, with the headline: “Georgetown, Financed by Slave Trading.” It unearthed a known but largely forgotten history: that the esteemed Jesuit university had saved itself from financial ruin in... Read More »

Elizabeth Warren Had Charisma, and Then She Ran for President

The Atlantic, Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Charisma comes from the Greek word for “divine gift,” and back in 2015, political commentators thought Elizabeth Warren had a lot of it. Vox called the senator from Massachusetts “a more charismatic campaigner than [Hillary] Clinton.” Roll Call said Clinton couldn... Read More »

Why we asked 27 black women to speak out on taboo of colorism

The Guardian, Monday, April 8, 2019
You already know black American women are paid considerably lessthan white men; that young black men are five times more likely to be incarcerated as white youth; and that black children are suspended from school at a much higher rate than white children. This is how... Read More »

‘Baby Bonds’ Could Help the U.S. Wealth Gap

Bloomberg, Monday, April 8, 2019
Wealth inequality—and specifically the yawning racial wealth gap (the median black family has about one-tenth the net worth of a white household)—is a thorny challenge for U.S. policymakers. One solution increasingly discussed by progressive politicians but seen as lacking popular support... Read More »

The dangerous memory of Jesus Christ calls us to enact reparations

National Catholic Reporter, Monday, April 8, 2019
Renewed calls for reparations by the church and the people of God ought to be a sting of conscience that goes to the central act of worship of church: the Eucharist. Sign up for NCR's Copy Desk Daily, and we'll email you recommended news and opinion articles each weekday. Catholics share... Read More »

Reparations for black Americans: how an idea went from the fringes to the mainstream

The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday, April 6, 2019
New York: Toward the end of the first season of The West Wing, deputy White House chief-of-staff Josh Lyman finds himself dealing with a crisis. It has emerged that one of President Jed Bartlett’s nominees for a senior position in the Department of Justice has endorsed a book arguing... Read More »

The black-white wealth gap is unchanged after half a century

The Economist, Friday, April 5, 2019
Few americans remember Greenwood, a once-prosperous African-American neighbourhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that was known as Black Wall Street. In 1921 Dick Rowland, a black shoeshiner, was charged with attempting to rape a white lift-girl in a downtown office building. An incensed white mob... Read More »

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