Opening the Door to Reparations for Black Americans

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Asmara Sium and her son Khalab Blagburn, 13, attend a hearing on reparations for slavery in Washington. Sium came to the hearing with Khalab because he became interested in the reparations movement after participating in a school debate advocating for reparations. (Yehyun Kim, USA TODAY via Reuters).


In 1987, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America — N’Cobra — spearheaded efforts to place reparations on the national radar, continuing the centuries-long struggle to realize reparations for Black people in the United States. In 1989, Representative John Conyers of Detroit became N’Cobra’s congressional champion by bringing the call for reparations to the floor of the House of Representatives. A congressional veteran whose career began with his election in 1964, Conyers came of age during the congressional sessions that passed more progressive bills — on issues of civil rights, healthcare, and the federal funding of education — than all previous congressional sessions combined. 

Conyers’ radical stake…

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  • Amy

    A topic that has been long overdue in discussing.

    Years ago, my mother would talk about this and her mother would discussed what is supposed to be owed to us…at least that was what William Tecumseh Sherman, a couple of other politicians back in the day thought we was entitled to.

    I just find it disgusting how our politicians of today just ignore this longtime promise while having no problem wanting the Black vote. Were the only minority group that haven’t been compensated for our ancestors pain/ labor. They want our votes but at the same time may not even realize how their
    ” loyalty” to their party is being test by issues like this. Just by ignoring it, they could bw failing it without knowing it.

    Far as the ADOS movement? Initially, I was on board with it but got turned off by some of the xenophobia and other prejudices in it. Im African American but Im also for Black diasporic unity.If anything , they should be helping each other in our times of adversity and prosperity.

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