KPFA – Building Bridges: Fighting for Reparatory Justice Now

Date: 2015-07-19 17:32

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*Building Bridges over WBAI Radio, 99.5FMwith Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
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A Three Hour Building Bridges Special Fighting for Reparatory Justice Now: Demands for Change, to Build Organizations that Become a Mighty Movement*

*Also an exclusive*,

*Ta-Nehisi Coates, reads from his block-buster memoir to his son “Between the World and Me”*
On this one month anniversary of the murders of the Charleston nine, and the one year anniversary of the death of Eric Garner the question looms how we can progress from a moment of protest into a movement for change. How do we go beyond a slogan and a hash tag to grappling with power relationships?

What brings people together and can sustain them organizationally and how can those organizations seek to become a mighty movement capable of securing reforms, while working to fundamentally change a societystructured around militarism, economic inequality and discrimination?

Can Reparatory Justice, reparations for the repair of the economic, cultural, psychological, spiritual and physical damage done and wealth extraction from the labor of subjugated people become the theme around which to galvanize the largely reactive, disparate efforts that cry out that Black Life Matters into a mighty collective force for redress and change throughout the diaspora?.

The process of the extraction of wealth and opportunities from Africans in America has never been accidental but an ingrained and devastating dimension of the development of the American nation. The systemic and individualized crimes against Native People and enslaved Africans committed by European and American colonialists have resulted in the gross exploitation that is directly responsible for the underdevelopment of nations and set up road blocks to the development of Africans in America and continue to result in murder and mayhem against Blacks, who are still fighting for control over their very bodies and minds.

Now, the Reparatory Justice movement, gaining steam amongst Caribbean nations, who have designed a Reparations Program to compel the colonialists to materially address the legacy of slavery with all its contemporary manifestations has gained new momentum and can serve as a motivator and organizer and create the ties that bind us together.

Reparatory Justice strikes at the core of the existing societal values and structural inequities. It addresses all those affected by and who seek to root out the poisonous vines of white supremacy running deep within all the policies and practices of this country.

“Besides the crime which consists in violating the law, and varying from the right rule of reason, whereby a man so far becomes degenerate, and declares himself to quit the principles of human nature, and to be a noxious creature, there is commonly injury done to some person or other, and some other man receives damage by his transgression: in which case he who hath received any damage, has, besides the right of punishment common to him with other men, a particular right to seek reparation.”

— John Locke, “Second Treatise”

“By our unpaid labor and suffering, we have earned the right to the soil, many times over and over, and now we are determined to have it.”
— Anonymous, 1861

*Professor Sir Hilary Beckles*Chairmen of CARICOM’s Reparations Task Force, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, The UWI, Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles has served the University Cave Hill Campus as Head of the History Department and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities as well.

He received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, in recognition of his meritorious and distinguished lifetime achievements, public service and contribution to the world of learning and higher education.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Glasgow in recognition of the major contribution he has made to academic research into the transatlantic slave trade and plantation slavery.

Prof. Beckles is an internationally reputed historian and serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals and has lectured at universities in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas and has published more than ten academic books. He is a member of the International Task Force for the UNESCO Slave Route Project and is principal consultant for resource material in the schools program.

He is also Consultant for the UNESCO Cities for Peace Global Program, and an advisor to the UN World Culture Report. He also chaired the UWI Task Force on the Globalization and Liberalization of Higher Education.

*Ta-Nehisi Coates *An American writer, journalist, and educator. Coates is a senior editor for The Atlantic, and blogger for that publication’s website where he writes about cultural, social and political issues. Coates has worked for The Village Voice, Washington City Paper, and Time.

He has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Washington Monthly, O, and other publications. In 2008, Coates published The Beautiful Struggle, a memoir about coming of age in West Baltimore and its effect on him.

In it, he discusses the influence of his father, a former Black Panther; the prevailing street crime of the era and its effects on his older brother; his own troubled experience attending Baltimore-area schools; and his eventual graduation and enrollment in Howard University.

His writings on race, such as his September 2012 Atlantic cover piece “Fear of a Black President” and his June 2014 feature “The Case for Reparations,” have been especially praised, and have won his blog a place on the Best Blogs list by Time magazine and the Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism.

*John Henrik Clarke *Pan-Africanist writer, historian, professor, and a pioneer in the creation of Africana Studies and professional institutions in academia starting in the late 1960s. Clarke was a professor of Black and Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College and served as founding chairman of the department. He also was the Carter G. Woodson Distinguished Visiting Professor of African History at Cornell University’s Africana Studies nd Research Center.

Additionally, he founded the African Heritage Studies Association along with the Black Caucus of the African Studies Association in 1968. Clarke was co-founder of the Harlem Quarterly (1949–51), book review editor of the Negro History Bulletin (1948–52), associate editor of the magazine Freedomways, and a feature writer for the black-owned Pittsburgh Courier.

Clarke taught at the New School for Social Research. Traveling in West Africa he met Kwame Nkrumah, whom he had mentored as a student in the US, and was offered a job working as a journalist for the Ghana Evening News.

He also lectured at the University of Ghana and elsewhere in Africa, including in Nigeria at the University of Ibadan. Becoming prominent during the Black Power movement in the 1960s, which began to advocate a kind of black nationalism, Clarke advocated for studies on the African-American experience and the place of Africans in world history.

He challenged the views of academic historians and helped shift the way African history was studied and taught. Clarke was “a scholar devoted to redressing what he saw as a systematic and racist suppression and distortion of African history by traditional scholars.”

Besides teaching at Hunter College and Cornell University, Clarke founded professional associations to support the study of black culture. He was a founder with Leonard Jeffries and first president of the African Heritage Studies Association, which supported scholars in areas of history, culture, literature and the arts.

He was a founding member of other organizations to support work in black culture: the Black Academy of Arts and Letters and the African-American Scholars’ Council.
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