“Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching.”
After global protests, marching, petitions and calls for reparations from USA, London and the Carribean, those voices have now been further legitimised by a United Nation’s panel.
The United Nation’s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, one of the groups that report to the international organisation’s High Commissioner on Human Rights. This group includes experts that are leading human rights lawyers from around the world. The group’s findings pointed out that the continuing link between present injustices and America’s history of slavery, inequality and oppression subjected to the African American communities. They have said:
“In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent,”
The Washington Post reported this:
Citing the past year’s spate of police officers killing unarmed African American men, the panel warned against “impunity for state violence,” which has created, in its words, a “human rights crisis” that “must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”
The panel drew its recommendations, which are nonbinding and unlikely to influence Washington, after a fact-finding mission in the United States in January. At the time, it hailed the strides taken to make the American criminal justice system more equitable but pointed to the corrosive legacy of the past.
“Despite substantial changes since the end of the enforcement of Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another, continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of African Americans today,” it said in a statement. “The dangerous ideology of white supremacy inhibits social cohesion amongst the US population.”
In terms of Britain and Europe’s slavery history, there is a coalition of Caribbean nations calling for reparations. They want reparations from their former European imperial powers for ‘the impact of slavery, colonial genocide and the toxic racial laws that shaped life for the past two centuries in these countries. ‘ [Washington Post]
Here are our thoughts on slavery and reparations:
The United Nations says reparations can come in a variety of forms
“a formal apology, health initiatives, educational opportunities … psychological rehabilitation, technology transfer and financial support, and debt cancellation.”
Here are some of the events, speeches and events that have been promoting the discussion around reparation.
If you like this post here are our two other posts about reparations marches and events
- Reparations March: #StopTheMangamazi
- The Slavery memorial event In London that the media didn’t cover
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