Making Good on an Unfulfilled Promise, the Battle for Reparations Continues


By Amy Lukau

A Michigan Congressman has re-introduced legislation to provide reparations to African Americans before the 115th Congress.

At 87 years old John Conyers is unrelenting. The legislation, known as H.R. 40 seeks to do the following:
“To address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.”

Conyers said, “I’m not giving up” and that “slavery is a blemish on this nation’s history, and until it is formally addressed, our country’s story will remain marked by this blight.”

Beginning in 1989, Conyers a member of the House Judiciary Committee has repeatedly introduced HR. 40, a bill that would establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery in the U.S. and its early colonies, and provide appropriate recommendations.

On August 18 2016, the United Nations concluded the history of slavery in the United States justifies reparations for African Americans, “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 report stated. “Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching.”

Some would argue that former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton offered apologies, however, their action were merely symbolic that purposely left out monetary claims.

The U.S. and select nations of the world have provided reparations to marginalized groups in the past, for example in 1980 for Japanese Americans who were placed in U.S. internment camps during World War II, restoration of lands to Native Americans, and the billions that Germany paid to Jewish Holocaust survivors.

Conyers bill, H.R. 40, is numbered in recognition of the unfulfilled promise to freed slaves of “40 acres and a mule.”

The harm caused by slavery has impacted descendants. After decades of Jim Crow segregation there has been racial discrimination and policies that still affect many African-Americans today in education, housing, healthcare, and the criminal justice system Conyers told Congress in a letter.

10 thoughts on “Making Good on an Unfulfilled Promise, the Battle for Reparations Continues

  1. Nubian says:

    Our reparations went to Israel. We were sold out by jewish financed, boule negroes like Dubois and the rest of the so called “talented tenth”. Garvey described walking into the naacp’s office it was all white (jewish)

    1. d.g. weston says:

      That’s why we should NEVER honor them! We should look at them as traitors who only deserve negative things being said about them whenever their name is mentioned. We should look at them the way europeans look at Bendict Arnold or the Rosenbergs.

    2. When black people truly understand the jew, they too will see the root of the problem. Check out israel cohen. Black subjugation is a jew plot.

  2. Mikal Samad says:

    Congressman Conyers , keep on keeping on. GOD IS ON Our side , hold up the banner.

  3. d.g. weston says:

    Yep. John Conyers been trynna get a reparations bill through Congress for almost 30 damn yrs n if it got passed, it wouldnt require immediate payments to Black folk in AmeriKKKa. All this was was a bill to STUDY the issue of Reparations or to study how the injustices n things done to us over the past 400 yrs have locked us out of the mainstream even while u got all these niggros shootin hoops n crackin jokes for white folk n becomin rich in the process.

    So yeah it’s time to put it right back on the table where it shoulda never left. N let me say this as well.. if ANY of u hear or see a niggro joking about reparations like callin it “respirations” or tellin us that it’s stupid n that no white person or govt owes us nothing, I say pimpslap the shit outta them. Seriously because that’s just how damn serious of an issue this is. A report came out last yr tellin us that it’d take us 228 yrs to catch whites in terms of wealth creation. 228 years ago The Constitution was new n George Washington was the president. Thats how far behind we are.

    1. The jews that control this country will never allow any type of Serious inquiry because they know where it will lead. The jew owes the kind of reparation only coverable in his expiration.

  4. Leo says:

    The Holocaust was committed with the help of Jews themselves as Lennie Brenner documented, everyone knows it’s an industry to bring money to Jews that’s why is strictly Forbidden to study it and it’s these same people who refuse to support reparation for slavery because they profited from it highly.

  5. IfUrReadingThisURACoon says:

    Trump said soon it will be a 1 party system. If he wants that all he has to do is pass this. I have never voted in my life because I never believed in the political system. It was hard growing up poor. The one thing you tend to notice is that regardless of who is in office the things around you never really changed. If Trump were to pass this The Republicans would lock down the black vote for all eternity lol

  6. Mo dem programs aint gon cut it. I want my own chicken and waddymelon patch.

  7. debra sullivan says:

    For this is ashame. It is a vicious cycle that Ngeroes Blacks African Americans Moors continue to turn blind side about this situation . The ones who are aware of these situations clearly are genuine in there efforts to presue this important urgent issue.
    I remember many years ago how they gave a letter and still have mine how they asked African Americans to call a 1 800 number to get info.on how to apply.
    I am one in hopes of this bill passing.

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