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Randall Robinsons The Debt What America Owes to is a passionate dispute that argues the US government must pay economic reparations to the descendants of enslaved Africans and their African-American ancestors Reconstruction-era Radical Republicans first provoked the discussion of reparations with their proposal to award freed men with property to help give them a stake in a country steeped in white supremacy But throughout most of the 20th century the issue withered on the vine taken up only on the radical fringes of Black Nationalism the issue has been resolutely ignored by most civil rights organizations But now that is changing thanks to Robinson a civil rights leader who helped changed the US campaign against apartheid in South African in the 1980s The Debt is passionate persuasive plea for a new understanding of our racial status He writes Anywhere from ten to twenty-five million Africans died in slave ships en route from Africa to the Americas A lifetime of bondage awaited those who survived the passage This massive crime against humanity - the enslavement and exploitation of tens of millions of human beings - is an American holocaust Yet one can scour the commemorative architecture of the nations capital and find little evidence that Americas racial holocaust ever occurred Our cultural dislike to the tragedy of slavery also prevents us from addressing contemporary problems The notion that the United States government or white institutions in general owe reparations to black Americans for slavery and its legacy has been around for some time Until recently its most dramatic eruption into public life was in 1969 when James Forman former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee SNCC led a disruption of New Yorks liberal Riverside Church to present a Black Manifesto that demanded among other things 500 million in reparations to black Americans from white churches and synagogues The idea lingered on the border of the public agenda for a few years so that
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