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Donna Lamb: White Woman Embraces Black Reparations

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African Americans themselves have presented a number of different forms which they believe reparations should take, including the full restoration of all human rights as well as financial compensation. But I want to state my views about this because I've seen that all too often my fellow whites get hung up on the whole question of the logistics of how we could pay reparations, instead of looking at what I believe is the most fundamental, necessary question to answer instead: Is it right and just that we pay reparations--which means to repair the damage--for the barbaric act we committed against persons of African ancestry in enslaving them? To show that the question of how we can pay isn't as formidable as they often make it out to be so we can then get down to grappling with the main thing, I present my ideas on this subject.

Nura Kly: Who Speaks for African-Americans: The Need for Democratic Self-determining Processes and Institutions

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On October 16, 1995, more than one million African American men convened on the Congressional Mall in Washington, and by their solemn, dignified and often inspiring manifestation revealed to the world the full indignity and irresponsibility of their U.S. Media-generated stereotypes. While the March's goals of unity and atonement appeared limited to many, the very magnitude of the event itself demonstrated what its sponsors chose not to clarify further.

Irma Jacqueline Ozer: A separate peace: The Jewish Debt to African Americans

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I believe that Jews, as well as non-Jewish whites, have wronged African Americans. However, the wrongs are different in nature. The peace to come about between African Americans and Jews would, therefore, have to be a separate peace. When I suggest to some of my fellow Jews that we, as well as other Americans, bear guilt toward African Americans, they usually respond as follows: "But we never lynched the Blacks. We weren't responsible for slavery. In fact, Jews fought for civil rights for the Blacks in the 60s. Jews contributed millions to the NAACP.

Larry Yates: Whitefare: Breaking the Patterns of White Dependency on Racism

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In Virginia's past, white working class people like those in Oregon Hill could count on being privileged relative to African-Americans. Generally, they could count on being taken care of by paternalistic members of the white power structure. The system of "classical racism" -- of the old-fashioned form of what I call Whitefare -- worked pretty well for them. There were times when it broke down. During the last days of the Civil War, when Richmond suffered serious economic hardships, residents of Oregon Hill were among those who rioted and looted bakeries. In those hard days, Jeff Davis and General Lee weren’t able to take care of them in the manner they had come to expect.

Betty Shafer: Surviving African slavery: The Legacy of Black Health Problems in America Today

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That slavery's survivors have suffered and continue to suffer the effects of slavery in the form of health problems far above the national average seems very clear. The problems are many: stress, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease including heart attacks and stroke, cancer, trauma from gunshot wounds and knifings, drug addiction, neonatal deaths, obesity, and social problems such as teen pregnancies and gang affiliations.

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