Skip to comments.Reparations for Africans and Their Descendants Explained
Posted on 10/09/2017 8:00:29 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
David Comissiong, chairman of the Caribbean Pan-African Network, has penned a 12-point explainer outlining the campaign for reparations for the legacy of crimes against humanity perpetrated against the sons and daughters of Africa by European nations, the United States and other North American governments.
During the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent from 2015-2024, the 12 points read as follows: No impunity; validation of our humanity; knowledge of our history; completion of the emancipation process; compensation must be proportionate to the crime; reparations must produce the just society; we Africans must exercise autonomy throughout the process; we must repair ourselves; self-repair will generate mass support for reparations; reparations must be a broad movement; the mass of our people must be intimately involved; network and establish new international legal structures.
Resistance to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was so organized and pervasive that Jean-Baptiste Durand of the Compaigne du Senegal attested that white slave traders had no other choice but to build fortified forts and barracoons along the west coast of Africa to provide protection from the Negroes living in the country.
Queen Nzinga, Samori Toure, Abdoul Kader Kane, King Menelik II, and other African leaders led the resistance movements against these slave incursions. Kader Kane, leader of the Futa Toro region in northern Senegal, wrote a letter to French authorities in which he stated: We are warning you that all those who will come to our land to trade in slaves will be killed and massacred if you do not send our children back.
The Rastafarian community in the Caribbean has long called for reparations. Former President of the Caribbean Rastafari Organization Ras Bongo "Wisely" Tafari has been championing the cause for decades.
There is a lot of work that needs to be done and we, the people, need to take it on our own to do it. We cannot just leave it to the politicians. Now is the time for us to really sit down and take reparations to another level. Dont just leave it as if it is a cause solely for Rastafarians, he said.
In reference to the 10th and 12 points detailed in the reparations program, human rights activist, author and Harvard Law School graduate Randall Robinson commented on how the slave trade practiced in the Americas was not restricted to national boundaries.
Harvard Law School was established and made possible by a man named Isaac Royall Jr., who endowed the law school from proceeds he had gotten from the sale of slaves on his Antiguan sugar plantation. Our forebearers, with their appropriated labor, endowed Harvard Law School, he said.
Citing other well-respected Ivy League schools, private corporations and even the construction of the U.S. capital city, Washington D.C., Robinson said, So much of the U.S. institutional wealth has its roots in slavery.
Comissiong concludes his reparations explainer by noting that the time has come for the African and African descendant people of the world and their Governments to finally present their Reparations Bill to the current day successor Governments of those national Governments of Europe and North America that organized, facilitated, legitimized, financed, and benefited from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the associated system of racialized Chattel Slavery.
Onwards to the achievement of Reparations in this United Nations International Decade For People of African Descent!
So bringing civilization to Africa was a crime against humanity?
“Onwards to the achievement of Reparations in this United Nations International Decade For People of African Descent!
But.... the AFRICANS insist that everyone descended from AFRICANS. They claim they are the roots and foundation of the entire world civilization.
Even a liberal site confirms that blacks were slave owners, that Blacks in Africa sold Blacks as commercial property, and that the White Man in America, freed Blacks as property in America - as well as the rest of the world.
To paraphrase President Abraham Lincoln, in reviewing the carnage and death of the American Civil war, and the discussion of Slavery Reparations - "the debt is paid in full". The hundreds of thousands of Americans who sacrificed their lives to free the blacks, paid whatever debt was owed - then and forever.
Sorry, but that gravy train has already been paid. You will have to get a real job, and work like everyone else.
How about FOAD, David, ya putz!!
I do believe it was the Muslim Arabs who started the international African slave trade, but I don’t see any mention of reparations from them. Then there are the African chiefs who sold captured enemy tribesmen into slavery. Then there is the ongoing slavery right now as Africans are being auctioned off in Libya thanks to 0bama and Hillary.
Let them get the money from Islam. It was Islamic slave traders who sold them into slavery.
So which African tribes are they gonna demand payment for selling other African tribes into slavery? Probably one of the reasons why east coast Africans hate west coast Africans.
PING for later...
David Comissiong has been awarded a Medal of Friendship by Cuba for his work in support of the Cuban Revolution and its principles.
What is the monetary value of 600,000 men who fell in the Civil War, resulting in the end of slavery?
If we’re going to be paying debts for one people group messing with another people group going back into history, there are some pretty egregious examples that never got addressed.
Reparations have already been paid. They’ve been paid in the form of Affirmative Action, government contract set-asides for minority owned businesses, grants to historically black colleges and universities, corporate grants to organizations such as the Urban League, and minority scholarship programs just to name a few examples. Reparations have been paid, and paid many times over.
The wealth in the South that was created by slaves was mostly destroyed in their emancipation.
However, I suppose they could claim that wealth the North got from slavery and the wealth the North bought for nothing after the war.
Be interesting to see the money trail- or at least good for a laugh at the expense of NY/New England liberals.
If it’s good enough for Bongo Wisely, it’s good enough for me.
Another redistribution of wealth scheme.
We have already paid. Taxes are high because the money goes to non-productive individuals who hate us. We have paid by being victims of crime. The knockout “Game.” The lack of trust among citizens, because of the high rate of crime.
If this were to happen, you know it wouldn’t end there. Every imagined victim group would be asking for money. Then, in 5 years they would all ask for it all over again.
I hate to break this to this fool, but most of the slaves were sold into slavery by fellow Africans, and there is not a person alive today who cannot find someone whose ancestors were not wronged, by slavery, genocide or other heinous acts by another.
Slavery has been illegal in the US longer than it was legal... half a million men lost their lives fighting a war you claim was just about this.... and while it is estimated about 12.5 million slaves were taken from Africa, less than 400,000 wound up on the mainland of North America. So in other words more men died in the United States in a war to end slavery than were ever imported into the continental US to begin with.
I am not going to defend slavery, it’s a heinous endeavor that devalues human dignity... however the notion that reparations are owed to descendants of those who’s ancestors endured it is beyond silly.
I can smell 'em a mile away ... maybe more ... even through the interwebz.
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