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have been filed in New York and New Jersey targeting corporations that
profited from the slave trade. One, a class action lawsuit filed in
Brooklyn, N.Y., names three companies: Fleet Boston Financial,
Aetna and CSX. The lawsuit estimates that the wealth in
the United States created by the unpaid wages of slave labor is today
worth $1.5 trillion. Deadria Farmer-Paellman is the lead plaintiff
and initiator of this suit. At a recent press conference, she stated,
"My grandfather always talked about the 40 acres and a mule we were
never given. These companies benefited from working, stealing and breeding
our ancestors, and they should not be able to benefit from these horrendous
Read the humorous and informative short essay "America Without Black People."
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Read the provocative and insightful essay Stealing Our Minds: Reparations for the Theft of Black Intellectual Property. This essay uses the example of legendary Black singer and songwriter, Otis Blackwell, whose songs were used by white singers such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, James Taylor and Ms. Peggy Lee for their great financial and artistic benefit instead of his. This essay also contains a list of other Black geniuses who invented popular items, but due to white supremecy, without just financial reward.
Read this essay on colonialism detailing how the complement to and handmaiden of slavery and the slave trade was colonialism. It was to work the "colonies" that Africans were first brought to the Americas. The colonies were exploited for their natural resources and for those that were then created by unpaid labor.
During the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) the Western countries were "intransigent" on the issues of crimes against humanity and reparations. Their resistance has made us, the victims, become even more intransigent in our non-negotiable demand to receive our historically overdue justice. The recent WCOR was an important milestone in the struggle for reparations. Read this WCAR analysis to learn more.
Check out EverythingBlack.com. Put "Reparations" in the search engine and check out all the different websites.
Black Africa is increasingly becoming an outlet for U.S. exports and
Accordingly, this study sought to IDENTIFY "contacts between radical African leaders and leftist leaders of the U.S. black community" and TAKE "appropriate steps to inside and outside the country in order to inhibit any pressure by radical African leaders and organizations on the U.S. black community."