By Dominick Fils-Aimé| September 28, 2016
A recent U.N affiliated report suggest that African Americans are entitled to reparations due to the history of slavery and apartheid in the United States. The study, conducted by the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, argued that coercive forces such as segregation, racial terror, mass incarceration and racial bias justify their conclusions.
“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.”
The study began in January, after the group looked into the American criminal justice system, crediting our institutions for taken strides in making things more impartial. Still they pointed out the ways in which this country’s racist legacy still influences communities of color today, implying we still have a long ways to go.
“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,” the report read. “The dangerous ideology of white supremacy inhibits social cohesion amongst the US population.”
It should be noted that the report will probably have no bearing in influencing Washington to award descendants of African American slaves with some form of reparations.
In related news, a coalition of Caribbean nation are also calling for reparations from the imperial powers that colonized them centuries ago. They also argue that the contemporary impact of slavery, colonial genocide and toxic racial laws have negatively influenced the trajectory of their now independent nations.