Reparations Resource Guide

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Background: The Case for Reparations

  • "The Case for Reparations" Ta-Nehisi Coates The Atlantic, June 2014.
  • "Making Good on the Broken Promise of Reparationsby Katherine Franke, New York Review of books
  • “The Rise of the Reparations Movement” Martha Biondi, Radical History Review 87:5-18. (2003)
  • WHYY: The Reparations Debate: Should the descendants of slaves be paid reparations by the federal government? Proponents of this idea say that the effects of slavery are still relevant today, and that the American government should provide some form of additional support to offset these disadvantages. Opponents either balk at the idea that slavery still affects African-American communities, or see the concept as an impractical political non-starter. The Democratic candidates for president are weighing in, many of whom have expressed interest in considering the idea. Today on the show, we’ll talk about reparations and the politics around them with Princeton assistant professor of African American studies KEEANGA-YAMAHTTA TAYLOR, and ADOLPH REED Jr., professor of political science and economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Racial Equity Tools for Community Reparations-This site provides links related to reparations and how they might be applied to remedy the consequences of enslavement and the subsequent disadvantages that have accumulated over time to people of color as a result of U.S. government policies.

Key Demands

Different groups are putting forward ideas about the difficult question of how our society might carry out a commitment to repairing the harms of past human rights violations. Of course, this is a difficult task that will require many conversations, public education and consciousness raising, and dedicated leadership.

The following demands are included in the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) Preliminary 10 Point Reparations Program. This document is meant for Review, Revision and Adoption as a Platform to Guide the Struggle for Reparations for People of African Descent in the United States

  1. . A Formal Apology and Establishment of a MAAFA/African Holocaust Institute
  2. . The Right of Repatriation and Creation of an African Knowledge Program
  3. . The Right to Land for Social and Economic Development
  4. . Funds for Cooperative Enterprises and Socially Responsible Entrepreneurial Development
  5. . Resources for the Health, Wellness and Healing of Black Families and Communities
  6. . Education for Community Development and Empowerment
  7. . Affordable Housing for Healthy Black Communities and Wealth Generation
  8. . Strengthening Black America’s Information and Communications Infrastructure
  9. . Preserving Black Sacred Sites and Monuments
  10. . Repairing the Damages of the “Criminal Injustice System”

Other groups have also been engaged in this work, including:

International Institutions and Resources


Pittsburgh Organizing

Peoples Campaign for Reparations and Black Self-Determination- This Pittsburgh-based initiative is leading a series of community forums on this theme to help organize and build a Reparations Commission for Black residents of Pittsburgh. The Campaign is seeking a City Council resolution to establish a Commission to develop proposals for reparations for Black residents in our region, along with an official apology. It is working to build alliances among diverse groups in the city to build political will to address historical harms in order to realize justice and equity for Pittsburgh's Black community.