A RBG Guidebook for Reparations Studies: Interactive Introduction


Published on

A RBG Guidebook for Reparations Studies-Interactive Introduction

Published in: Education, Spiritual
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

A RBG Guidebook for Reparations Studies: Interactive Introduction

  1. 1. RBG Communiversity OPEN/STUDY/SHARE/DOWNLOAD THE FULL GUIDEBOOK (568 Pages) Icebreaker Video THIS DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCE IS PART OF: 1The RBG Maafa (European Holocaust of Afrikan Enslavement) and Reparations Collection
  2. 2. PRESCRIPT:For 246 years, enslaved Afrikan (our ancestors) endured inhuman living conditions, torture andrape, legally enforced servitude, and other horrendous crimes against humanity. Meanwhile,countless American corporations sponsored and/or benefited from the uncompensated labor andexploitation of these slaves.In 1863, “President Lincolns Emancipation Proclamation began the process of freeing” the morethan 4 million slaves of Afrikan descent in the United States. But while chattel slavery wasabolished, sharecropping, "black codes", Jim Crow laws, lynching, psychic violence and socio-structural and institutional racism perpetuated restrictions upon the “freed” Afrikans nonetheless.Dozens of corporations continued to this very day to benefit from unpaid labor of our ancestors,allowing these companies to flourish, while unemployment sores to all time post-chattel highs asI write. Citing the persisting legacy of slavery, suffering and death we as descendants of theseslaves must continue to fight for reparations and reconciliation on behalf of the approximately 35million living descendants of our enslaved ancestors.Although I personally believe that the immorality of the American system, business and cultureof white supremacy / racism will never see fit to give us reparations; the principles anddocumentation of our fight for such a just caused must be carried forward. At the end of the day,I agree 101% with Minister Malcolm X when he says “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobodycan give you equality or justice or anything. If youre a man, you take it.” (From: Malcolm XSpeaks, 1965) Thus, as we struggle against continued U.S. colonization New Afrikans must havea determined sense of history in regard to the New Afrikan Nation’s historical struggle,movement in and relationship to the United States. The work that has been done and is beingdone towards reparations is “bread and butter knowledge”. Without such knowledge; ourpractice will continue to be confused and chaotic, lacking the historical continuity which servesto give practical guidance to our struggle and movement on the road to full independence. It iswith these notions in mind that I have compiled this booklet. A tremendous amount of scholarly,diligent and valuable work has been done by our people over the past 30 years on the issue ofreparations, especially by the still active National Coalition Of Blacks for Reparations inAmerica (NCOBRA). As a teacher and inspire of our youth, I believe young New Afrikanrevolutionaries and activist must get up to speed on the sequence, progress and details of thispotent work to best “carry the torch and keep the fire burning”The booklet is comprised of an interactive introduction drawn by myself, as to so-called “breakthe ice”; followed by select resources published over the past 30 years by National Coalition OfBlacks for Reparations in America.By placing this data in a single document for download, it is my hope and intention that ouryoung people will come into a new revelation as to the strength of our spirit to fight for what isright, and become energized to learn from the historical principals that have been at the center ofthe reparations movement. And for those of us that have been around a while longer, I desire toresurrect fond memories and transmit a rational hope for the future as you guide in your wisdom.And most of all, I intend to catalyze all New Afrikans to “Be Down with the Reparations Clique”. 2RBG Street Scholar/August, 2012
  3. 3. Gil Scott Heron asks……Wholl pay reparations on my soul? 3
  4. 4. QUOTES REGARDING REPARATIONSNCOBRAhttp://www.ncobra.org/“We must prepare African people and communities for thedemands of the new millennium. Reparations are needed torepair the wrongs, injury, and damage done to us by the USfederal and State governments, their agents, and representatives.These have proved that their vision for African people inAmerica is joblessness, more prisons (more killer kkkops), moreblack women and men in private prisons, AIDS and violence."The US Eurocentric educational system has failed to prepareAfrican children for liberation, nation-building, and self-determination. This educational system produces people who areanti-black; including many blacks who are self-alienated andanti-black. We want our resources, our inheritance, to do forourselves without US Federal and State involvement." 4
  5. 5. John Hope Franklin, Historianhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hope_Franklin"Most living Americans do have a connection with slavery. Theyhave inherited the preferential advantage, if they are white, orthe loathsome disadvantage, if they are black; and thosepositions are virtually as alive today as they were in the 19thcentury. The pattern of housing, the discrimination inemployment, the resistance to equal opportunity in education,the racial profiling, the inequities in the administration ofjustice, the low expectation of blacks in the discharge of dutiesassigned to them, the widespread belief that blacks havephysical prowess but little intellectual capacities and thewidespread opposition to affirmative action, as if that had notbeen enjoyed by whites for three centuries, all indicate that thevestiges of slavery are still with us." 5
  6. 6. Joseph Anderson, Member of the National Council ofAfrican American Menhttp://www.tulsareparations.org/TulsaRiot.htm"The arguments for reparations arent made on the basis ofwhether every white person directly gained from slavery. Thearguments are made on the basis that slavery wasinstitutionalized and protected by law in the United States. Asthe government is an entity that survives generations, its debtsand obligations survive the lifespan of any particularindividuals... Governments make restitution to victims as agroup or class." 6
  7. 7. Ernest Allen, Jr. and Robert Chrisman"Most blacks suffered and continue to suffer the economicconsequences of slavery and its aftermath. As of 1998, medianwhite family income in the U.S. was $49,023; median blackfamily income was $29,404, just 60% of white income." 7
  8. 8. Oscar Brown Jr., Forty Acres and a Mule (Play the Video) Im not bitter, neither am I cruel But aint nobody paid for slavery yet I may be crazy, but I aint no fool. About my forty acres and my mule... One hundred years of debt at ten percent Per year, per forty acres and per mule Now add that up...15th Amendment or the Darkeys millenium-40 acres of land and a mule, from Robert N. Denniscollection of stereoscopic views (Expand to full screen view) 8
  9. 9. Forty Acres and a Mule refers to the short-lived policy, during the last stages of the American Civil War during 1865, of providing arable land to black former slaves who had become free as a result of the advance of the Union armies into the territory previously controlled by the Confederacy, particularly after Major General William Tecumseh Shermans "Marchto the Sea." General Shermans Special Field Orders, No. 15, issued on January 16,1865, provided for the land, while some of its beneficiaries also received mulesfrom the Army, for use in plowing.The Special Field Orders issued by Sherman were never intended to represent anofficial policy of the United States government with regards to all former slavesand were issued "throughout the campaign to assure the harmony of action in thearea of operations." Shermans orders specifically allocated "the islands fromCharleston, south, the abandoned rice fields along the rivers for thirty miles backfrom the sea, and the country bordering the St. Johns River, Florida." BrigadierGeneral Rufus Saxton, an abolitionist from Massachusetts, was appointed bySherman to oversee the settling of the freed slaves. By June 1865, about 10,000freed slaves were settled on 400,000 acres (160,000 ha) in Georgia and SouthCarolina.After the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, his successor, AndrewJohnson, revoked Shermans Orders and returned the land to its previous whiteowners. Because of this, the phrase "40 acres and a mule" has come to representthe failure of Reconstruction policies in restoring to African in American the fruitsof their labor. 9
  10. 10. Robin D.G. Kelley, Freedom Dreams"If we think of reparations as part of a broad strategy to radicallytransform society -- redistributing wealth, creating a democraticand caring public culture, exposing the ways capitalism andslavery produced massive inequality -- then the ongoing strugglefor reparations holds enormous promise for revitalizingmovements for social justice." 10
  11. 11. Huey Newton, The Black Panther Party Ten-Point Program"We want an end to the robbery by the white man of our BlackCommunity. We believe that this racist government has robbedus and now we are demanding the overdue debt of forty acresand two mules. Forty acres and two mules was promised 100years ago as restitution for slave labor and mass murder of blackpeople. We will accept the payment in currency which will bedistributed to our many communities. The Germans are now 11
  12. 12. aiding the Jews in Israel for the genocide of the Jewish people.The Germans murdered six million Jews. The American racisthas taken part in the slaughter of over fifty million black people;therefore, we feel that this is a modest demand that we make."Malcolm X"If you are the son of a man who had a wealthy estate and youinherit your fathers estate, you have to pay off the debts thatyour father incurred before he died. The only reason that thepresent generation of white Americans are in a position ofeconomic strength...is because their fathers worked our fathersfor over 400 years with no pay...We were sold from plantation toplantation like you sell a horse, or a cow, or a chicken, or abushel of wheat...All that money...is what gives the presentgeneration of American whites the ability to walk around theearth with their chest out...like they have some kind of economicingenuity. 12
  13. 13. "Your father isnt here to pay. Myfather isnt here to collect. But Im here to collect and youre here to pay." 13