Long Overdue: The Politics of Racial Reparationsby Charles P. Henry
Pub. Date: 09/01/2009
Publisher: New York University Press
Ever since the unfulfilled promise of “forty acres and a mule,” America has consistently failed to confront the issue of racial injustice. Exploring why America has failed to compensate Black Americans for the wrongs of slavery, Long Overdue provides a history of the racial reparations movement and shows why it is an idea whose time has/b>… See more details below
Ever since the unfulfilled promise of “forty acres and a mule,” America has consistently failed to confront the issue of racial injustice. Exploring why America has failed to compensate Black Americans for the wrongs of slavery, Long Overdue provides a history of the racial reparations movement and shows why it is an idea whose time has come.
Martin Luther King, Jr., remarked in his “I Have a Dream” speech that America has given Black citizens a “bad check” marked “insufficient funds.” Yet apart from a few Black nationalists, the call for reparations has been peripheral to Black policy demands. Charles P. Henry examines Americans’unwillingness to confront this economic injustice, and crafts a skillful moral, political, economic, and historical argument for African American reparations, focusing on successful political cases.
In the wake of recent successes in South Africa and New Zealand, new models for reparations have recently found traction in a number of American cities and states, from Dallas to Baltimore and Virginia to California. By looking at other dispossessed groups — Native Americans, Holocaust survivors, and Japanese internment victims in the 1940s — Henry shows how some groups have won the fight for reparations.
As Hurricane Katrina made apparent, the legacy of racial segregation and economic disadvantage is never far below the surface in America. Long Overdue provides an up-to-date survey of the political and legislative efforts that are now breaking the surface to move reparations into the heart of our national discussion about race.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Insufficient Funds 1
A Political and Legal History of Reparations and Race Relations 9
From Forty Acres to "We Must Have Our Money": Reparations from Antebellum to Civil Rights America 33
A Winning Case: Comparing the Rosewood and Greenwood Reparations Claims 69
The Contemporary Debate: The Legacy of Slavery and the Antireparations Movement 93
Reparations Go Global: Pan Africanism and the World Conference against Racism 123
A True Revolution of Values: Changing the Culture and Politics of Reparations 164
Epilogue: We Are American: The Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina 179
About the Author 249
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