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  • State Responsibility and Reparation for Torture as a Violation of IHL (You read that right)

    12/10/2014 8:43:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Just Security ^ | December 10, 2014 | Nathalie Weizmann
    The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) yesterday released the redacted executive summary of its report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program. It describes acts of torture against detainees held in the United States’ armed conflict against the Taliban and al Qaeda, such as water-boarding, stress positions, sleep deprivation, confinement in a box, slapping and slamming into walls, and other appalling techniques. These revelations will no doubt fuel the debate of whether the U.S. should directly grant CIA torture victims any reparation for their ill-treatment. This debate should be framed with the knowledge that there is some precedent...
  • Sharpton: Blacks Can't Act Decently Without More Government Payouts

    12/09/2014 12:21:08 PM PST · by GilGil · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/8/2014 | Ben Shapiro
    When I asked Cunha why we couldnt encourage people to simply not have children before marriage, graduate high school, and get a job, she answered: I dont think you can encourage people not to have children before they get married and to get a job and to graduate high school when theyre dealing with issues that we dont have to deal with.We need to help them have personal responsibility. They cant do it when theyre busy trying to eat. In other words, give people money, or they will abandon their children, drop out of school, and refuse to get a...
  • The Department of Social Justice

    12/08/2014 7:58:08 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | December 8, 2014 | Ryan Lovelace
    December 8, 2014 4:00 AM The Department of Social Justice Federal officials lectured Ferguson residents about white privilege. By Ryan Lovelace When Department of Justice officials arrived in Ferguson, Mo., one day after the death of Michael Brown, it wasnt just to conduct an investigation on potential civil-rights violations. In fact, officials from one Justice Department office were conducting meetings with Ferguson residents to educate them on subjects such as white privilege. The DOJs Community Relations Service arrived in Ferguson purportedly to lessen the tension between protesters and city officials. But sources who attended the DOJs private gatherings with Ferguson...
  • Obama to Atone for Legacy of Racial Discrimination with Reparations Decree?

    12/04/2014 4:45:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | November 26, 2014 | John Lillpop
    To anyone who has been paying attention, it should be obvious by now that America is hardly a family-nation of diverse people united by common values. In fact, bitter divisions among the American people are the rule rather than the exception, with racial disharmony among the most divisive. In 2008, many liberal pundits hailed the election of Barack Obama as a positive sign that racial barriers between black and white Americas were finally starting to give way to a spirit of cooperation and healing. Unfortunately, those high hopes from six years ago have been dashed and replaced with even more...
  • Congressional Black Caucus Takes the Floor to Talk About Ferguson and Race in America

    12/04/2014 4:30:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 1, 2014 | Matt Berman
    "We want a fair, impartial, and color-blind criminal justice system. But if we're honest with ourselves, that doesn't exist for all Americans today."Late Monday night, after the House took its final votes, members of the Congressional Black Caucus took the floor to speak for about one hour about race in the wake of a grand jury's decision last week not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. "Hands up, don't shoot," Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York began. Charles Rangel, the longtime New York Democrat, followed Jeffries and CBC Chairwoman...
  • The Case for Reparations (to Undocumented Workers) [Think he's kidding?]

    12/04/2014 4:20:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Nation ^ | December 1, 2014 | Greg Grandin
    Where, outside of a marginalized left, are todays equivalent of the antebellum radical Republicans, ready and willing to destroy the coercive deportation regime? Where are the absolutists, who would brook no compromise, who would rather see the republic ripped apart than tolerate an immigration system that denies equal rights to millions upon millions of people; that brutalizes families, generates thousands upon thousands of desert deaths, and breeds sexual terror, be it on the journey here, in the factory and field, or in the closed quarters of the home, where women workers have limited protections and where fear trumps whatever slim...
  • Chris Rock tells white people to own the actions of their ancestors

    12/01/2014 12:33:36 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 259 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec. 1, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    Chris Rock explained in a lengthy interview Sunday that he believes part of healing racial relations in America is by white people owning the actions of their ancestors. The black comedian told New York magazines Frank Rich that racial progress in America is nonsense and that the only thing thats changed is white people arent as crazy as they used to be.
  • Police: Juveniles beat man to death with hammers in St. Louis

    12/01/2014 2:57:18 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 49 replies
    KTVI ^ | 11/30/2014
    Two juveniles are in custody Sunday, suspected in the death of a man beaten with hammers on a St. Louis street. The victim, 32-year-old Zemir Begic, suffered injuries to his head, abdomen, face and mouth, according to police. He was unconscious by the time officers arrived. Begic was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Investigation revealed the victim was traveling in his vehicle when several juveniles approached his vehicle on foot and began damaging it. The victim exited his vehicle and the juveniles began yelling at the victim and striking him with hammers. After...
  • Sharpton Disputes Tax Bill [satire]

    11/24/2014 8:42:51 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    The IRS claim that Rev. Al Sharpton owes more than $4 million in back taxes was challenged by the Reverend. My share of the reparations the US Government owes for slavery has not been taken into account, Sharpton argued. The humiliation, the suffering, the oppression, and murder of African-Americans that has disgraced this country for over 400 years is a debt that can never be fully repaid. Instead of harassing me, the government should be making a good-faith effort to try to make payments on this unpayable debt, Sharpton suggested. Then, after 400 years we can reassess to see how...
  • Black youth and the movement for reparations

    11/20/2014 8:20:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Final Call ^ | November 18, 2014 | Richard B. Muhammad, editor in chief
    Reparations, redress for slavery and centuries of suffering, was a major part of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhans Holy Day of Atonement address in Jamaica last month. It was also the topic when the Minister listened to scholars and spoke to students during the discussion Revitalizing The Reparations Movement at Chicago State University in Chicago, Illinois earlier this year. In both messages the Minister spoke passionately and clearly about the Black plight and a willingness to confront the enemy to demand reparatory justice. When you really think about those who went before us, and the price that they paid to...
  • Cops: 350-Pound Thief In Motorized Scooter Caught Sitting On Stolen Walmart Steaks

    11/19/2014 9:58:42 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 74 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 11/19/14 | Staff
    A 350-pound Walmart shopper was arrested yesterday after he was found sitting atop five stolen rib eye steaks in the seat of a motorized scooter that he was riding around the South Carolina store. Rodney Fowler, 43, was spotted Tuesday afternoon placing the steaks in his scooter by a Walmart loss prevention officer, according to a police report. Suspect sat on the steaks and exited the store passing all points of sale, without attempting to pay for said merchandise, cops noted.
  • Report: Al Sharpton owes $4.5 million in unpaid taxes

    11/19/2014 9:51:40 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/19/14 | Ashley Killough
    Civil rights leader and MSNBC host Al Sharpton and his for-profit business owe more than $4.5 million in current state and federal taxes, according to a New York Times report out Tuesday. His tax liabilities come despite making a hefty salary, and he and his nonprofit advocacy organization, National Action Network, have been missing payments to hotels, landlords and travel agencies, the report says.
  • Government owes Blacks reparations for bringing cocaine

    11/06/2014 5:09:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Philadelphia Tribune ^ | November 3, 2014 | Harry C. Alford
    Last week I wrote about the shocking story of how our Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) willfully brought crack cocaine into the Black neighborhoods of our nation to make cash for financing a revolution in Nicaragua. This is going down as the vilest act perpetrated against a specific race of people. An agency of our nation performed and managed the dastardly act and must be held accountable. In other words, reparations are due. They are due, but they will never come unless we start acting and demanding justice. There has been talk of reparations for the effects of slavery. That isnt...
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates on White Supremacy and a Life of Struggle

    10/31/2014 5:45:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Root ^ | October 30, 2014 | Staff
    This years top The Root 100 honoree reflects on his groundbreaking article, The Case for Reparations, and his belief that African Americans have accomplished much, despite overwhelming obstacles. This year we selected writer Ta-Nehisi Coates as the top honoree on The Root 100, our annual list of influential and high-achieving African Americans. It was June when The Atlantic published his widely read and highly acclaimed cover article, The Case for Reparations, which lays bare a compelling argument for the pecuniary redress of Africans brought to this country in chains and continually terrorizedsocially, politically and economically. Coates sat down with The...
  • In light of the Zimmerman and Dunn trials, is the jury system broken? (Part 1)

    10/29/2014 7:10:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    AllVoices ^ | February 22, 2014 | Harold Michael Harvey, JD
    The Constitution of the United States of America, Amendment VI, grants the criminally accused a right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury in the state and district where the crime shall have been committed. The framers of the Constitution included this protection because of the brutal system in England where a person could be thrown into a dungeon without formal charges and tried before the crown without the benefit of a public trial or having people from the community hear the evidence against them. To remedy this abuse of King Georges government, the newly formed...
  • Ax attacker wanted white people to pay for slavery (New York City jihadist)

    10/26/2014 9:34:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 25, 2014 | Kevin Fasick, Amber Jamieson and Laura Italiano
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The self-radicalized madman who attacked four rookie Queens cops with a hatchet had more than just ­jihad on his mind — he also wanted to kill white people. “He wanted white people to pay for all that slavery and all that racism,” the father of slain hatchet loon Zale Thompson, 32, told The Post Saturday. “I think he committed suicide — and he was taking one of y’all with him,” his father, Ralph Thompson, said, speaking through the screen door of the two-story Queens Village house where his unhinged son also once lived. Asked if “one of y’all” meant white...
  • Ali Mazrui, scholarly voice for African empowerment, dies at 81 (Kenyan Muslim, wanted reparations)

    10/22/2014 1:22:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | October 22, 2014 | Matt Schudel, The Washington Post
    Ali Mazrui, a Kenyan-born political scientist who was one of Africas leading public intellectuals and whose nine-part 1986 television documentary, The Africans, was praised in some corners but criticized in the United States as a diatribe against the West, died Oct. 12 at his home in Vestal, New York. He was 81. His death was announced by Binghamton University, the State University of New York, where Mazrui was a faculty member. The cause was not disclosed. Mazrui, the scion of a prominent Islamic family in Kenya, had been one of the foremost scholars of African politics and society since the...
  • How Reparations Could Happen

    10/15/2014 10:52:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    Ebony Magazine ^ | September 23, 2014 | Hamilton Nolan
    Reparations will amount to a transfer of wealth from the more powerful to the more powerless. This is the closest approximation of justice that I would imagine is possible. We will now engage in some purposely simplified back-of-the-envelope math. Imagine a nationwide, one-time infusion of wealth to those who live at the lower end of America's economic pyramid. Let's take as our starting point that Black households have roughly 60% of the income and 5% of the wealth that White households do. (Hispanic households have just a tiny bit more wealth than Black households. Median household net worth is about...
  • Flashback: The Hagans' 'Whites Only' Country Club Problem (North Carolina)

    10/14/2014 7:58:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 14, 2014 | Caroline May
    With Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) locked in a tight reelection bid and in need of a good Democratic turnout in a few short weeks, Democrats appear eager to promote the claim that North Carolina Republicans and their candidate for Senate are hostile to African Americans. Monday evening Hagan and MSNBC host Chris Matthews charged that the new North Carolina voting rules are intended to target African Americans, not because they are Democrats, but because they are African Americans. African Americans think that they're being targeted because they're African Americans not because they're Democrats, Matthews said on his MSNBC show. Hagan...
  • GOP Senate Candidate: Welfare Is Basically Slavery Reparations

    10/13/2014 9:56:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The New Republic ^ | October 13, 2014 | Brian Beutler
    When the North Carolina State Assembly set out to pass a resolution in 2007 expressing the bodys regret for its participation in the institution of slavery, conservatives objected on the grounds that black North Carolinians would use it to advance the cause of reparations. Republican Assemblyman Thom Tillis, who is now challenging Democrat Kay Hagan for her U.S. Senate seat, sought to allay those conservatives' concerns by flipping the argument. Reparations already exist in the form of welfare programs, he noted, and Republicans would be better positioned to oppose them if they purchased some goodwill with conservative Democrats by acknowledging...
  • How to Steal Things, Exploit People, and Avoid All Responsibility (Reparations, again)

    10/06/2014 11:07:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 5, 2014 | Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor
    I started this narrative bibliography for "The Case for Reparations" back in June, but, regrettably, I didn't finish the final section before I left for the summer. Some time has passed but I think it is very important that, as much as possible, I complete this public acknowledgement of all the previous work that contributed to my own. As I've written, the process began with the understanding that racism was a "done thing" and not an irrepressible clash between people of different hues. Another way of putting this is to say white supremacy is not an invention of white people;...
  • Obama Nixes Ebola Travel Restrictions [warning: contains satire]

    10/03/2014 9:16:34 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 37 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    Despite numerous urgings, President Obama remains determined not to block entry into the United States by persons who may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained that "the President emphatically believes that we are all citizens of the world. This ideal cannot flourish if we bar our doors to fellow citizens. We would do more damage to our image as leaders of a global community if out of fear of contagion we sealed our borders to those wishing to enter." Earnest also cited "humanitarian reasons" for not blocking travel to the US...
  • Navajo to get $554 million in settlement with US

    09/25/2014 9:11:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 25, 2014 10:39 AM EDT | Felicia Fonseca
    The Navajo Nation is poised receive $554 million from the federal government over mismanagement of tribal resources in the largest settlement of its kind for a single American Indian tribe. Much of the land on the 27,000-square-mile reservation has been leased for things like farming, grazing, oil and gas development, mining and housing. The leases once were largely overseen by the government, which mismanaged the revenue and failed to properly invest and account for it, according to the tribe.
  • Civil War massacre launched reparations debate

    09/11/2014 6:50:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Post's Style Blog ^ | September 11, 2014 | Gillian Brockell
    On a rainy night in early 1865, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton arrived in Savannah, Ga. which the Union had captured weeks earlier with a question: What should become of newly free black people? It was a question that many in power had been asking for some time. What was different this time was to whom the question was posed: the newly free black people themselves. It was a visit born of a massacre about a month before, and it launched a debate that continues to this day. The issue of where these people should go had dogged...
  • Egyptian Political Scientist: Jews Must Return the Gold They Stole from Egypt during the Exodus

    08/31/2014 12:34:12 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 94 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | July 8, 2014 | Channel 1 (Egypt)
    In a July 8, 2014 interview with Egypt's Channel 1, Egyptian political scientist Ammar Ali Hassan said that the Jews had stolen Egypt's gold and treasures when they left ancient Egypt. The character of Shakespeare's Shylock is "a replica of the Jew who lived in Egypt a merchant and a loan shark," he said, adding: "We demand that they return the treasures they stole from us." Following are excerpts: Ammar Ali Hassan: The Jews wanted [Egypt] to pay them compensation to the tune of dozens of billions of dollars, although our economy is very hard off. More importantly, they...
  • Obamas Economy In Action! Data Shows Cash For Clunkers Was An Epic Debacle

    08/10/2014 2:43:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-10-14 | Eric Owens
    Cash for Clunkers, the 2009 Obama administration stimulus program designed to spend $2.85 billion to jumpstart the auto industry, turned out to be a complete disaster for the auto industry. In the minds of Obamas team of advisers and economists, the program made total sense, of course. The plan was to dangle a $4,500 credit to persuade car owners to trade in their older automobiles for new cars with better fuel efficiency. It would stimulate an economy then in the midst of a deep recession. As a bonus, it would mean less oil consumption and cleaner-running cars. The law...
  • The Case for Marijuana Reparations (Barf Bag warning)

    07/29/2014 7:45:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Slate ^ | July 28, 2014 | Jamelle Bouie
    Marijuana legalization has a new, influential advocate: the New York Times. ................................................... We cant always heal injury, but we can acknowledge and compensate for it. Any plan for legalization should come with a plan for reparations for those communities most damaged by our misguided war on marijuana. That doesnt mean individual paymentsthe logistics are too difficultas much as it does policies for affected communities, from job training and educational services to something like My Brothers Keeper, all funded by a surtax on marijuana sales and distribution.
  • 5 Reasons Reparations For Slavery Are A Bad Idea

    07/25/2014 10:12:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 26, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Terrible ideas never really die on the Left; they just come back over and over again, like a gas station sandwich after a night of heavy drinking. So it is with reparations for slavery, which liberals would happily embrace en masse if they ever thought they could ram it through Congress. Here's why reparations for slavery are a bad idea. 1) How do you prove that slavery is responsible for problems black Americans are having today? If it were 1866, it would be easy to prove that black Americans who had been enslaved were hurt by the practice. They were...
  • Black Brazilians Push Government to Pay Reparations for Brazilian Slavery

    07/10/2014 10:48:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | July 10, 2014 | Nick Chiles
    While the worlds eyes remain riveted on Brazils World Cup stadiums, most people arent aware that the country is also the home to one of the worlds most progressive reparations movements to repay Afro-Brazilians for their enslavement. Slavery in Brazil didnt end until 1889, making Brazil the last nation in the Western Hemisphere to outlaw the institution, and the legacy of slavery has firmly ensconced Black Brazilians in the lower rungs of Brazilian society. By and large, black Brazilians live in the worst housing and attend the poorest schools, writes Roque Planas in a comprehensive two-part series for the Huffington...
  • 50 years of landmark Civil Rights Act reshaped U.S.; Time to pay its slave debt

    07/01/2014 2:06:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | July 1, 2014 | William Marsden
    'Reparations are long overdue'Ed Dorn, 69, dates back to the Class of 64. He is a member of the last generation of African Americans to have completed their entire primary and secondary education in segregated schools. He graduated from his Houston high school just before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 gave him and the U.S. an entirely new future. So when he headed to the University of Texas it was his first experience of integration. Blacks may have numbered only about 300 in a student body of 25,000 whites, but that didnt matter. A new world beckoned. I didnt...
  • Conservatives say the U.S. has done enough to create equality for blacks. Young liberals agree.

    07/01/2014 1:19:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Post's Wonk Blog ^ | July 1, 2014 | Emily Badger
    One last dip into a big Pew survey we've been discussing about on the politics and policy views of Americans. Pew surveyed more than 10,000 adults earlier this year on topics ranging from their views of Hillary Rodham Clinton to taking the bus, and the report divides their responses along a set of political typologies that group respondents into generally coherent categories across the range of policy issues: i.e., the "business conservative," the "solid liberal," the young "next generation left." Across that spectrum, there is not surprisingly wide disagreement on racial progress in America and the steps government still must...
  • Black Voters Saved Thad Cochran & GOP Establishment. Here's What Republicans Owe Them In Return

    06/25/2014 11:17:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The New Republic ^ | June 25, 2014 | Alec MacGillis
    Chris McDaniel, the arch-conservative state senator who unexpectedly lost his primary runoff election yesterday to unseat Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran, is dead right: The race was decided by non-Republicans. And not just that, but a certain type of non-Republicans taking advantage of the state's open-primary system: African-Americans, or, as McDaniel referred to them in his defiant non-concession speech, liberal Democrats, which appears to be the de-racialized code word of choice for some conservative Republicans when talking about black voters. The evidence is in the maps and numbers. Turnout was up statewide compared with the June 3 primary in which McDaniel...
  • Dallas County Commissioners Approve Slavery Reparations Resolution

    06/19/2014 1:27:23 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 27 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 06/19/2014 | Chad Hasty
    On Tuesday the Dallas County Commissioners Court approved a non-binding resolution unanimously that commemorated Juneteenth, but also declared that African-Americans should receive reparations for slavery. Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is facing an ongoing FBI investigation, was the author of the Juneteenth Resolution. According to the Dallas Morning News, Prices resolution included a list of items besides commemorating the day slaves in Texas learned of their freedom. it included a long list of injustices endured by blacks, from slavery to Jim Crow to predatory lending practices. Then, in its final paragraph, it declared that the suffering of African-Americans should be...
  • The truth about slavery reparations

    06/19/2014 6:13:13 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 16, 2014 | Walter Williams
    Calls for slavery reparations have returned with the publication of Ta-Nehisi Coates' "The Case for Reparations" in The Atlantic magazine. In making his argument, Coates goes through the horrors of slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and gross racial discrimination. First off, let me say that I agree with reparations advocates that slavery was a horrible, despicable violation of basic human rights. The gross discrimination that followed emancipation made a mockery of the guarantees of the U.S. Constitution. I also agree that slave owners and slave traders should make reparations to those whom they enslaved. The problem, of course, is that slaves,...
  • Texas board unwittingly OKs slavery reparations

    06/18/2014 3:50:15 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 21 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 06/18/2014 | Dallas Morning News
    Dallas County commissioners unanimously passed a Juneteenth resolution on Tuesday that appeared to be another routine proclamation commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. But the resolution went further by including a list of injustices, and then stating in the final paragraph that blacks' suffering should be "satisfied with monetary and substantial reparations." . . . Commissioners admitted afterward they hadn't read the resolution before voting. . . The vote is nonbinding, so no reparations through payments or other means will be made.
  • Pope Francis At It Again (Comrade Frank)

    06/17/2014 9:05:04 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 145 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Jun. 17, 2014 | Michael Sean Winters
    I am pretty sure the editors of the Wall Street Journal would be disinclined to endorse Pope Francis' call for international regulation of markets via state action, to promote impact investment. Yet, that is just what he called for yesterday in speaking to a meeting at the Vatican on the theme "Investing in the Poor," which was organized, in part, by the University of Notre Dame. The pope said: Advances in technology have increased the speed of financial transactions, but in the long run this is significant only to the extent that it better serves the common good. In this...
  • Mary Frances Berry: We Need a Reparations Superfund

    06/08/2014 11:05:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 8, 2014 | Professor Mary Frances Berry, former chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
    In 1887, ex-slaves began petitioning the federal government for pensions and compensation for the years they had labored without wages before abolition. When Congress ignored their thousands of petitions, they tried to sue for wage theft but were told they could not. At the very least, the descendants of the tens of thousands of members of the Ex-Slave Pension and Bounty movement whose membership forms stated the number of years they had been working as slaves, along with the names of their slave owners and the plantations on which they lived should be eligible for reparations. Other individuals...
  • Why reparations for slavery could help boost the economy

    06/05/2014 6:03:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 100 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 4, 2014 | Michael Maiello
    In the May 21 issue of The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates re-opened the question of whether the United States government should pay reparations to African-Americans for the crimes of two and a half centuries of slavery, 60 years of Jim Crow-style segregation and decades more of racist housing policies, zoning and community development. His conclusion that a great accounting of wrongs must take place, as well as a decision about how to make amends for them has inevitably sparked disagreement. But set that aside. Imagine we have decided yes, as a society we must pay a price for these injustices,...
  • There Is A Good Case For Reparations

    06/01/2014 4:40:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Progressives have long called for reparationspayments to blacks for the horrors of slavery. These were routinely dismissed because theyre absurd those who suffered the injustice of slavery and those who perpetrated it are long dead, and most Americans of every national origin had nothing to do with it. But the push for reparations truly never was about slavery, its about redistribution of wealth and perpetrating the victimhood mentality that keeps people voting for progressives. To think theyd ever stop would be like thinking a heroin addict wouldnt steal your iPhone if you let them crash on your couch ...
  • No, college isnt the answer. Reparations are.

    05/30/2014 2:38:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Everything blog ^ | May 29, 2014 | Tressie McMillan Cottom
    In case youve been living under a rock, Ta-Nehisi Coates has written a thing at The Atlantic making the case for reparations. For some, reparations to African Americans for enslavement and state-sanctioned apartheid (more benignly known as Jim Crow) is a shocking case to make. I am a sociologist whose training has been, in part, with economists like Sandy Darity at Duke University and Darrick Hamilton at The New School. For Darity, Hamilton, and many other serious scholars of race, history, and inequality, the matter of reparations is anything but novel or shocking. Neither is it hyperbolic. There are real...
  • Professor Makes Case for Reparations; Oprah, LeBron Eligible

    05/29/2014 3:45:57 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 30 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | May 29, 2014 | Staff
    On Laura Ingraham's radio show on Thursday, Duke University Public Policy Professor and reparations advocate Dr. William Sandy Darity explained his proposal for reparations, one which that would make first lady Michelle Obama eligible, as well as Oprah Winfrey and LeBron James. ...more (w/audio)...
  • A Reparations Plan That Makes Sense

    05/26/2014 5:44:56 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 58 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | May 26, 2014 | Jim Goad
    Writing in The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coatesyou can thank his Black Panther dad for giving him that self-segregating first namerecently penned a sprawling essay called The Case for Reparations....[SNIP to last paragraph]... the word reparation is derived from a Latin word meaning to restore or repair. So if you want to get literal and borderline Aspergery about it, real reparations would consist of returning African Americans to roughly the state theyd be in if theyd never been plucked from their ancestral homelands. If ex-Africans have truly been damaged by being transported to America and increasing their numbers a hundredfold in the...
  • Yes to Reparations!

    05/25/2014 5:13:22 AM PDT · by Gratia · 43 replies
    May 25, 2104 | self
    Actual slave owners are no longer around but still alive is the entity directly responsible for the perpetuation of slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow, segregation and the spread of racial hatred for political purposes.
  • Redistribution masquerading as reparations

    05/24/2014 4:35:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 24, 2014 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    We previously addressed The dead-end Case for Reparations, Ta-Nehisi Coates backwards looking road to nowhere: Coates never gives the answer as to who gets what and how. And thats ultimately the problem with reparations arguments that are not based upon the people causing the harm paying the people directly harmed by specific conduct soon after the conduct is remedied. As Coates explained his views to Melissa-Harris Perry this morning, it became clear that there is no sense at all of holding the guilty accountable in the sense we normally do, or compensating actual victims. There is a complete disconnect between...
  • Reparations Are Owed: Here are a few ways to pay the bill

    05/23/2014 6:33:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Slate ^ | May 22, 2014 | Jamelle Bouie
    A high school in Clinton, Tennessee, in December 1956. Reparations wouldn't just be about America's slaveholding era.With The Case for Reparations, Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic sets slavery aside to focus on the long plunder of the 20th century, in which whites used coercion, violence, and government to exclude blacks from the bounty of American prosperity. The civil rights revolution of the 1960s was vital, but it wasnt a panacea, and the problems of todayfrom the racial wealth gap to the crumbling ghettos of the Midweststem from the racist policies of our recent past. Or, as Coates puts it, White...
  • The dead-end Case for Reparations: Ta-Nehisi Coates backwards looking road to nowhere

    05/23/2014 12:53:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 22, 2014 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    The 15,000+ word essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic, The Case for Reparations, is getting completely predictable reactions. Its looooong, which gives it a perceived weight which just is not there. In fact, theres not much new there, except for historical anecdotes shedding detail but not light on what we already knew to be the history of slavery, segregation and discrimination: " the crime with which reparations activists charge the country implicates more than just a few towns or corporations. The crime indicts the American people themselves, at every level, and in nearly every configuration. A crime that...
  • The Case for Reparations

    05/22/2014 6:39:45 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 66 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 21, 2014 | Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Clyde Ross was born in 1923, the seventh of 13 children, near Clarksdale, Mississippi, the home of the blues. Rosss parents owned and farmed a 40-acre tract of land, flush with cows, hogs, and mules. Rosss mother would drive to Clarksdale to do her shopping in a horse and buggy, in which she invested all the pride one might place in a Cadillac. The family owned another horse, with a red coat, which they gave to Clyde. The Ross family wanted for little, save that which all black families in the Deep South then desperately desiredthe protection of the law....
  • Food fight: Rising income disparity and the struggle for higher wages

    05/15/2014 7:42:33 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 15 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | May 15, 2014 | JACQUELINE NELSON
    Steven Wilkerson spends long hours working alone at three restaurants in a Hess gas station in Tampa a Dunkin Donuts, a Quiznos and a Godfathers Pizza all for just $8.50 (U.S.) per hour. Three years ago he made just $7.50. The 28-year-old former U.S. Marine tried to find a role in communications, and later security, after his tour of duty in Iraq. He went to more than 30 interviews, but was told repeatedly that he didnt have enough experience for jobs he wanted. You know, everybody tells you when youre in the military youll get any job you...
  • U.S. Pours Millions Into Failing Black Colleges, Breaks New Student Loan Rules

    05/14/2014 9:16:21 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 37 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 14 2014 | Judicial Watch
    The federal government violates its own student loan rules and wastes hundreds of millions of dollars to subsidize perpetually failing black colleges, including the alma mater of pop star Michael Jacksons criminally-convicted doctor, a Judicial Watch investigation has found. The institutions are known as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and JWs probe has uncovered documents that show American taxpayers are being forced to fund them even when their accreditation has been stripped, they have dismal graduation rates and rank among the nations worst medical schools. For instance, Meharry Medical College (where the late Jacksons physician, Conrad Murray, got his...
  • De Blasio Announces Affordable Housing Plan [The $41 Billion Program Will Create....]

    05/05/2014 8:50:03 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies
    De Blasio Announces Affordable Housing Plan The $41 Billion Program Will Create Units for More Than 500,000 New Yorkers By WSJ Staff Updated May 5, 2014 10:46 a.m. ET Mayor Bill de Blasio detailed a wide-ranging plan to build 200,000 new affordable housing units in New York City in 10 years, calling it a "fundamental plan to reduce income inequality." Those who benefit from the plan "won't be living doubled up with friendsthey won't be living in homeless shelters," Mr. de Blasio said at a news conference in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood. The plan would provide housing to service more...