Read, Watch, Listen
We’ve put together a short list of informational materials that you can check out to learn more about reparations and racial healing.
Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War
Howard W. French
History of Transatlantic Slave Trade
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò
Reparations from the context of global systems with a particular focus on the importance of reparations in climate debates
The Popes, the Catholic Church, and the Transatlantic Enslavement of Black Africans, 1418-1839
Adiele, Pius Onyemechi
The role of the Catholic Church in the enslavement and oppression of African people.
NCRR: The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations
Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress
The history of Japanese American redress is told from the participants of the movement. The book includes background on the origins of NCRR, building the grassroots, supporting those who were denied and the legacy of building solidarity.
The Great Divide
We have been told that development is working: that the global South is catching up to the North, that poverty has been cut in half over the past thirty years, and will be eradicated by 2030. It’s a comforting tale and one that is endorsed by the world’s most powerful governments and corporations. But is it true?
Mame Fatou Niang
Repenser l’universalisme classique, ce n’est pas réveiller le démon du particularisme, de la pureté biologique et des passions fascistes. Ce n’est pas non plus tomber dans le piège de l’identité comme fondement de toute légitimité, ni couper la République en deux. C’est, tout au contraire, chercher le chemin d’un humanisme à la mesure du monde.
Beginning in 1915 with D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation—which glorified the Ku Klux Klan and became Hollywood’s first blockbuster—Wil Haygood gives us an incisive, fascinating, little-known history, spanning more than a century, of Black artists in the film business, on-screen and behind the scenes.
The autobiography of comedian and social activist Dick Gregory, co-authored with Robert Lipsyte, nigger was originally published in September 1964 by E. P. Dutton, and has since 1965 been reprinted numerous times in an edition available through Pocket Books, altogether selling more than one million copies to date.
The novels of the Cairo Trilogy trace three generations of the family of tyrannical patriarch al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who rules his household with a strict hand while living a secret life of self-indulgence.
The Famished Road
The narrator, Azaro, is an abiku, a spirit child, who in the Yoruba tradition of Nigeria exists between life and death.
Wilkerson examines the different caste systems around the world and how they damage the lives of everyone involved, even those at the top. She believes that to understand how to move forward, we must examine the past and the racial structures that keep progress as a nation at bay.
The Warmth of
From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history.
Howard French on "Born In Blackness"
Conversation about French’s book: Born in Blackness
Reconsidering Reparations lecture video
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò
Lecture on the philosophical underpinnings of reparations
Conversation with Brian Kagoro
Brian Kagoro offers reflections on why Africans must take charge of their own destiny and realize that “no one owes Africa a meal or a living”.
CHN Brixton, London, United Kingdom Emotional Emancipation Circle:
Overview of the Emotional Emancipation (EE) Circle process designed to help heal the emotional trauma caused by the centuries-old lie of White superiority and Black inferiority.
Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians Hearings 1981
Produced by Visual Communications and the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR - formerly known as the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations)
Over 150 JapaneseAmericans testified in the Los Angeles CWRIC hearings in 1981 (one of ten cities) and shared personal stories of the impact of the WWII incarceration and the Executive Order 9066. These included economic and business losses, impact on their health, both mental and physical, family separation and resettlement hardships.
How "baby bonds" could help close the wealth gap
by Darrick Hamilton
Hard work, resilience, and grit lead to success, right? This narrative pervades the way we think, says economist Darrick Hamilton, but the truth is that our chances at economic security have less to do with what we do and more to do with the wealth position we’re born into.
Economist Hamilton on Baby Bonds and the Wealth Gap
Darrick Hamilton, Ph.D., Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy; Founding Director, Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy, The New School discusses narrowing the racial wealth gap and his proposal for “baby bonds” with Bloomberg’s Ben Steverman at the Bloomberg Equality Summit.