The Who, What and How of Reparations for Slavery

A new online “Reparations Toolkit” gives a detailed breakdown of why Black people deserve this financial payback.

Lindi Bobb, 6, attends a slavery reparations protest outside New York Life Insurance Company offices August 9, 2002 in New York City. The company profitted from the enslavement of Black people. Now, following this year’s Congressional hearing on the topic, anyone who wants to learn more about reparations can check out an online Reparations Toolkit.

A historic public hearing on reparations was held by the House Committee on the Judiciary on June 19, the first time the topic was given such a forum—and with real political push and backing behind it. During it, lawmakers debated the bill “H.R. 40 and the Path to Restorative Justice,” which is now headed to the Senate for a vote.

In the aftermath of the hearing—and in honor of civil rights leader Queen Mother Moore’s 121st birthday—an online “Reparations Toolkit” was published last Saturday (July 27) by the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table. The goal of the toolkit is to provide a “grounding definition of what reparations is, and advance our argument that reparations for slavery and continued oppression of Black people is essential,” according to the website.

Inside the toolkit, organizers, advocates and individuals will find history on the longstanding struggle for reparations for Black people whose ancestors were enslaved, international human rights laws underlying reparations demands and case studies at the institutional, local, state and international levels. To better help people understand what reparations are and how to get them, the toolkit also includes narrative, images, interactive group exercises and other resources.

Bookmark the toolkit here.

Source: The Who, What and How of Reparations for Slavery

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