August 17, 2002


Thousands To Rally for Reparations : Apology Also Sought For Slave Descendants (Manny Fernandez, August 16, 2002, Washington Post)
Thousands of African American activists plan tomorrow to bring their demands for reparations from the U.S. government for centuries of slavery and racism to the Capitol, where hundreds of slaves toiled during its construction more than 200 years ago.

"They owe us," said Lewis Andrews, a rally organizer, reciting the official theme of the Millions for Reparations rally. "We built this, but what do we get?"

Organizers said they want to focus national attention on the burgeoning reparations movement and call for compensation to the descendants of slaves for their unpaid labor and the untold horrors of bondage, the legacy of which organizers say is responsible for many of the social and economic ills facing some African American communities today.

"We're talking about a crime against our person, a crime against humanity that has gone unpaid," said Andrews, 55, a minister with the Temple of the Black Messiah in Baltimore.

Reparations advocates want the government to make good on its promise of 40 acres and a mule, made to newly freed slaves after the Civil War. For many, the modern-day equivalent of the famous pledge should include financial compensation as well as the establishment of institutions such as schools and hospitals, land and an official apology from U.S. leaders for the government's sanctioning of slavery.

I'm pro-reparations. Give every black person in America the monetary equivalent of forty acres and a mule and in exchange end all racial preferences and ban everyone who receives the one time handout from making claims for any other government benefits during their lifetimes. that seems fair and like a good way to put black claims and white guilt behind us. In the completely absurd and artificial game of racialism this would be nothing more than a mildly expensive form of one-upmanship for white folk. It would provide an ideal response for when we get Mau-Maued : "Sorry, we settled that debt. We're all even now. Remember that forty acre and a mule deal?"
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 17, 2002 10:10 AM
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