Day-by-day, African people in
America are becoming more familiar with the concept of reparations
and what it means to our continued struggle in America for
self-determination, liberation, independence, and freedom. Therefore,
we must be clear that reparations means “repair” for the
damages inflicted on a people or a nation. In pursuit of this repair,
we are conscious of the fact we must engage in the process and assume
responsibility for repairing ourselves, which includes: changing the
way we think, supporting our own institutions (particularly
financially), supporting our families, supporting our own Black
business enterprises, cleaning up our communities, and changing the
way we relate to and think of each other as a people. These are just
a few of the internal repairs we must constantly work on.
In this connection, part of our
internal repair is to struggle, fight, mobilize, and organize to
demand external reparations from those governments, corporations, and
institutions that are responsible for our historical and continuing
state of oppression. Just as Jewish people proclaim, “Never
Forget,” African people should do no less!
We should “Never Forget”
that “They Owe Us!” Part of our internal repair is to
consciously understand that “We Are Owed” and that we
have a historic responsibility to demand reparations from those
forces of white supremacy that continue to benefit from what they did
to us and that lingers on as part of the vestiges of our enslavement.
As we continue to organize around
the issue of reparations, we should be clear that “They Owe
The Trans Atlantic Slave Trade
and Slavery: The United Nations World Conference Against Racism
declared that the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery were Crimes
Against Humanity. Crimes against humanity have no statute of
The Expropriation of Our Labor:
For more than 250 years, we were forced to work for free. Our free
labor was a major ingredient in the building of the United States
and its wealth as a nation. Also, the thousands of white individuals
and their families that accumulated wealth and continue to this day
to benefit from this free labor.
The Slave Code Laws: The
slave owners developed their own codes of what they could do to
enslaved African people in America that permeated throughout the
emergence of this country. In many ways, informal slave codes exist
today (racial profiling).
The Destruction of the African
Family: The Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery had a
devastating impact on destroying and dismantling African families.
The Raping of African Women:
Our capture and enslavement provided white men with the power to
rape African women and girls by the thousands without reprisal.
The Fugitive Slave Laws:
When our enslaved ancestors resisted their enslavement and fled
plantations, the government of this country sanctioned laws and
policies that supported the capture and return of so-called “runaway
slaves,” enslaved Africans. The Dred Scott Decision should be
consulted to fully understand the implications of the Fugitive Slave
The Colonizing of Our African
Culture: Created systems by law and societal practices that
forbade African people, in our captured state, to engage in our
traditional spiritual and cultural practices.
The KKK Night Riders and
Lynchings: The Ku Klux Klan was established in the late 1860s as
a secret society whose mission was to exterminate, by any means
necessary, African people in America. They were known to have been
responsible for the lynching, and murdering of thousands of African
men, women, and children.
and 14th Constitutional Amendments: The
abolishment of slavery was really a constitutional scam and the 14th
Amendment that allegedly made African people citizens of America was
imposed on us. We were never asked if we wanted to be citizens.
We Were Denied Our 40 Acres and
Our Mule: We didn’t get it! We were sold down the river
and the land was given to white confederate soldiers.
The Jim Crow Laws: The Jim
Crow Policies of the United States of America became the fabric and
foundation of American society after the period of Reconstruction.
Jim Crow Laws and Policies reinforced the foundation of white
supremacy and Black inferiority in every aspect of American society.
The Fighting and Dying in
Imperialist and White Supremacist Wars: We fought and died and
continue to fight and die for the freedoms of others and were / are
denied our own freedoms and civil rights.
The Assassination of Black
Leaders: Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Fred Hampton,
and Mark Clark to name a few.
COINTELPRO: This was a
government program, established by the FBI under the direction of J.
Edgar Hoover, designed to destroy the Black Power Movement of the
1960s and 1970s.
The Crack Epidemic: Research
reveals that the United States Government, through the CIA, targeted
Black communities for the dispensing of Crack Cocaine.
The Criminalizing of Our Youth:
It should be obvious that the aim of the Prison Industrial Complex
is to Criminalize Our Youth to insure a young and viable work force
for this multibillion-dollar industry.
The Jailing of Our Freedom
Fighters: The incarcerating of our Freedom Fighters, thus,
making them political prisoners.
& 19. Centuries of
MisEducation and Mental Atrocities: This has caused serious
damage to our people, which continues to cause much mental confusion
about our true reality as an African people in America and around
No matter how controversial it may
be in these economic times, we as African people in the
United States of America are “Still