We have had an economic system, a housing system, a school system, a credit system, that has specifically excluded black populations through housing, through student loans, through credit, through businesses, from the wealth accumulation of whites

And whiteness has been defined differently throughout time. And so we can go through the history of whiteness, but all of it has been built on an anti-blackness. So we have to talk about the racial wealth gap if we’re going to talk about housing, or schools, or anything like that. You can’t understand why we have the gaps that …

1619: Four hundred years ago this month, the first enslaved people from Africa arrived in Virginia. Enslaved labor created the backbone for America’s capitalistic economy

Although slavery officially ended in 1865, the unequal treatment of African Americans continued through Jim Crow, red lining, and mass incarceration, among many public policies. Our country’s historic racial wealth disparities continue to be perpetuated and increased by the trend towards extreme inequality in the United States. To further paint a dire picture, a report released earlier this year by the Institute …

Community Land Trusts Are a Model for Reparations

By Laura Flanders, Truthout, July 2, 2019, https://truthout.org/articles/community-land-trusts-are-a-model-for-reparations/ This year has already seen more Democrats talking about reparations than ever, including several running for the presidency. Now, rather than writing checks to individuals, more and more people are talking about collective strategies for repair and reparation. Community land trusts, cooperatives and mutual housing associations, for example, might offer a way to transfer …

On reparations, the question isn’t if, but when and how, also stopping ongoing mass incarceration and dehumanization

By Zenobia Jeffries Warfield, Yesmagazine.orgJune 25, 2019 | CREATE! Above Photo: Left to right, Burgess Owens, Coleman Hughes, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Reverend Eugene Taylor Sutton wait to testify about reparations for the descendants of American slavery during a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on June 19. Coates and Taylor Sutton testified in favor of reparations, while Owens and Hughes testified against. By Caroline Brehman/CQ …

Black People’s Land Was Stolen

Any discussion of reparations must include how this happened, who did it, and the laws, policies and practices that allowed it. By Andrew W. Kahrl, an associate professor of history and African-American studies at the University of Virginia. June 20, 2019 The aftermath of the Tulsa Race Riot in Oklahoma in 1921, when whites burned down “Black Wall Street.”CreditOklahoma Historical Society/Getty …

‘The only compensation for land is land’, and this is all stolen land

California’s governor made history this week when he formally apologized to Native Americans, acknowledging the brutal genocide and “war of extermination” declared by the state’s first governor in 1851. While indigenous people across California welcomed the long overdue statement, many had a similar response: now what? “An apology is great, but what does it look like in terms of moving into action?” said Morning …

Reparations – May 2019

By Patricia Cohen, NYTimes, May 23, 2019 If you’re surprised that the issue of reparations for black Americans has taken so long to resolve, blame the president. President Andrew Johnson. As the Civil War wound down in 1865, Gen. William T. Sherman made the promise that would come to be known as “40 acres and a mule” — redistributing a huge tract of …

Reparations and the Green New Deal Should Be Connected

Hurricane Katrina evacuees outside the New Orleans Superdome in 2015. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) The Green New Deal Should Include Reparations The Democratic Party is talking about both issues separately. They make more sense in tandem. By EMILY ATKIN, The New Republic, May 2019 Environmental justice activist Anthony Rogers-Wright lives full-time in Seattle, Washington, but just happened to be in Massachusetts last …

The Case for Reparations Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and …

Pitfalls of White Allyship

Some notes from Regan Byrd’s White Anti-Racist Allyship training on the pitfalls of white allyship are below. Robin Byrd offers more trainings (which can be found on Facebook) that might be of interest to you. Also, because you are getting this info for free, if you feel so inclined you can always give a donation of gratitude to her via paypal …