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From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century (English Edition) eBook Kindle
In From Here to Equality, William Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen confront these injustices head-on and make the most comprehensive case to date for economic reparations for U.S. descendants of slavery. After opening the book with a stark assessment of the intergenerational effects of white supremacy on black economic well-being, Darity and Mullen look to both the past and the present to measure the inequalities borne of slavery. Using innovative methods that link monetary values to historical wrongs, they next assess the literal and figurative costs of justice denied in the 155 years since the end of the Civil War. Finally, Darity and Mullen offer a detailed roadmap for an effective reparations program, including a substantial payment to each documented U.S. black descendant of slavery. Taken individually, any one of the three eras of injustice outlined by Darity and Mullen--slavery, Jim Crow, and modern-day discrimination--makes a powerful case for black reparations. Taken collectively, they are impossible to ignore.
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A. Kirsten Mullen is a writer, folklorist, museum consultant, and lecturer whose work focuses on race, art, history, and politics. --Este texto se refere à edição hardcover.
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- ASIN : B07XVF3X9D
- Editora : The University of North Carolina Press (3 março 2020)
- Idioma : Inglês
- Tamanho do arquivo : 1159 KB
- Leitura de texto : Habilitado
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- Dicas de vocabulário : Habilitado
- Número de páginas : 437 páginas
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I must concede that I used to be one of the Americans who argued:
1. I didn't enslave anyone, why should my tax dollars (or money after inflation) be spend to rectify something I had no commission in. It is incumbent on the ones who perpetrate the atrocity to remunerate it.
2. My family is Irish, we came as immigrants-- not only did I have no part in slavery, none of my family did either.
3. It is not feasible to give reparations because there is no heuristic we may use whereby we demarcate descendants of slavery from first/second generations African immigrants who have come to this country without impediments of slavery/Jim Crow.
Darity does an excellent job of tackling all of the aforementioned queries/objections. I did NOT want to change my views, but in the force of such evidence, the historical precedent in the US for giving reparations to other people groups, the atrocities that have adversely affected the African American community from competing equitably in our free market, and the need for the United States government to pay their debt owed to the AA community-- I was convinced! The question I continue to ask after reading this text-- how come reparations have not ALREADY been effectuated in America for descendants of slavery? It is truly perturbing. Seems like this is a logical, ethical, and American thing to do (confront sins of the past)... so why are we still not talking about this? How come no major players in the major political parties are pushing this?
From a former enemy of reparations-- for me moving forward, it is REPARATIONS NOW! They are desperately needed and beyond that, it is the moral thing to do.
I do not support reparations and the book did not alter my view. It is interesting that one of the most respected black politicians, President Obama, does not either and the author(s) dismiss his reasons for this. I found the Chapter on responding to arguments against reparations somewhat contrived. I have heard very few of these arguments made and question how many people hold these views e.g., blacks should be happy they were brought here in slavery rather than living in Africa.
I personally believe that reparations, as the author sets them up, is another form of welfare which many states have realized do nothing to lift people up. The author(s) also state early on that the reparations will not be a one-time deal if the behaviors that led to them continue. Who is to determine this? As a white person, I already feel like I walk on eggshells in today’s society, which all too readily throw racist or unconscious bias accusations around.
My bottom line is that I think the book is worth reading as a way to understand the author(s)’ and this point of view on the topic. I doubt it will change minds either way.