June 19, 2014
READERS respond to Stu Bykofsky's "Race to a faulty solution" column (June 9). Slavery in the U.S. was for the most part an element of a colonial economy run by "planters" in the South. While politically part of the U.S., the planters' economy was really a colonial enterprise beholden to mill owners in Britain and, to a smaller extent, New England. By denying freedoms to, in some cases, half or more of their populations, slave-owning societies stymied their own economic development and have yet, more than a century later, to catch up with the rest of the country.
June 10, 2014
SEVERAL weeks back, Ta-Nehisi Coates, the Atlantic magazine's national correspondent, wrote a long piece, "The Case for Reparations," which seemed designed to ignite a discussion about compensation to African-Americans that we never had. Except for a few corners of the Internet, it quickly evaporated. I think I know why. First, the Atlantic indulged Coates with 16,000 words to present a catalog of crimes against black Americans from slavery (mostly in the South) to redlining (mostly in the North)
April 12, 2013 |
ATHENS, Greece - A long-standing debate over whether Germany still owes Greece war reparations stemming from the Nazi occupation erupted anew Thursday in a spat between Greece's foreign minister and Germany's finance minister. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was quoted by German media as suggesting that Greece should focus on reforming its economy and that the issue of war reparations was closed years ago. In a riposte, Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said the reparations issue was one for international law to determine, stressing it was completely unrelated to Greece's financial bailout.
December 6, 2011 |
NEW YORK - After a year of tough negotiations, Germany has agreed to pay pensions to about 16,000 additional Holocaust victims worldwide - mostly survivors who were once starving children in Nazi ghettos, or were forced to live in hiding for fear of death. The agreement announced Monday between the New York-based Claims Conference and the German government is "not about money - it's about Germany's acknowledgment of these people's suffering," said Greg Schneider, the conference's executive vice president.
August 12, 2009 |
In an unusual alliance, officials of a historic Germantown mansion and an African American reparations group have agreed to work together on projects and programs growing from a vast document archive associated with the mansion and slavery. Officials at Cliveden, a National Trust historic site built in the 18th century as a summer retreat for the Chew family of Philadelphia, met Monday with leaders of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, known as N'COBRA, and agreed "to collaborate on as many projects as we can," said David Young, Cliveden director.
May 14, 2009 |
On Tuesday, I spent the afternoon listening to Adrienne Davis of Washington University Law School engage in a smart and wide-ranging discussion of reparations. Professor Davis made a case for why truth-and-reconciliation commissions are sometimes insufficient for ensuring justice. There are times, Davis argued, when the state must make financial reparations for wrongs committed by the state. Although she does not favor direct cash payments to individuals, she indicated that she believes there are other ways the government can support anti-racist activities.
August 18, 2008
I'M A DHS SOCIAL worker writing in response to the tragic death of Danieal Kelly. The vast majority of us here at DHS are saddened, shocked and dismayed by this senseless death, and hope that those who were in any way responsible are brought to justice. The death of even one child is one too many. But I wish that people would realize that every year, DHS workers help thousands of families. I no longer work in the field, but during my days as a line worker, I was able to find a loving home for a baby abandoned at a hospital, place a drug-addicted mother and her young daughter in a rehab facility and arrange for a family's heat to be turned back on in the dead of winter.
August 1, 2008
I BELIEVE I'm entitled to reparations for having to read yet another letter on slavery. At what point do some folks in the African-American community embrace the glorious possibilities of their lives today? Scott Wolf Philadelphia
July 28, 2008
RE FRANK Cresta's recent letter on Minister Meritazon's op-ed on reparations: Sir, study history before smacking away a hand that deserves all that is American. No one alive today is responsible for what happened 300 years ago, but alive today are the relatives of those responsible. Everything they possess comes from years of oppression and slavery. Their land, family businesses and everything that used to be for whites only should be given to the kin of those who were slaves.
June 27, 2008 |
IF YOU MISSED it last year, word on the street has it that when Sen. Barack Obama is elected president of the U.S., a reparations accord for blacks in America will be reached under collaborative efforts including, among others, Rep. John Conyers and the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'CORBA). Here's why I believe this. With direct-action, education and financial-divestment campaigns, town-hall meetings and congressional hearings resulting in a conversion in public interest and opinion, the institution of chattel enslavement will be acknowledged publicly as a crime against humanity - in another word, a holocaust.