Government-sanctioned enslavement of Africans for the exploitation of free labor from 1619-1865, was the early economic engine of America and benefited wealthy white planters, banks, corporations, and society until now.
Today, we see the continuation of racist policies through the growing wealth disparity and socioeconomic disposition that Black people face as a result of historical, discriminatory policies and ongoing segregation. We must hold systems and institutions accountable for the systematic exploitation, violence, theft, and harm to Black people today, recognized in international law as the “badges and incidents of slavery.” Such has been inherited from centuries of racist policies and practices that have been perpetuated by all levels of government, individuals, and corporations.
We must advocate for state and federal support for reparations. We must pass and sign H.R. 40, which would establish a “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans.” We must provide community education around defining reparations to effectively remove any misconceptions associated with the goals and intentions of reparations.