We Are The People
We are not even out of the first month of 2021. There is hope for the Reparations movement in the United States. This article is about how we all come together for the benefit of our children and the generations to follow. The uplift of our people is the only mission. We must have a doctrine to follow so we can all get “on code.” That is the only way we can get there. We have to rally around the basics and work from there.
In their book From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century, Professor William “Sandy” Darity and Historian Kirsten A. Mullen, laid out basic criteria for Reparations. These are the primary points that we all should be able to agree upon, then build and grow.:
- Eligibility: American citizens that can 1) trace at least one Black ancestor to pre-1865 America and 2) must have identified as Black or African American on government documents for twelve years prior to the beginning of a Federal Reparations study or program.
- Liable Party: US Federal Government
- Period of Harm: 1776 to present
- Eras of Harm:
- Chattel Slavery
- Black Codes/Jim Crow
- Current Era
- Mass Incarceration
- War on Drugs
- Police Brutality
- Primary Goal: Close the Racial Wealth Gap
- Minimum Cost: $14T
- Minimum Benefit:
- Cash Payout to Eligible Individuals & Families
- Protected Status
- Reform Education for a minimum of 50 years
Things To Consider
Leaders and “boots on the ground” are critical to accomplishing the goals of any movement. However, codifying our goals will bring about strategic and tactical clarity for all parties. There are many paths. Pick your lane and move forward toward our goals. If we can agree upon these primary tenets we can begin to repair the rifts in this movement.
Many people do not know me. Therefore, it is important that I “show my work.” While I am no longer part of the #ADOS Movement, I have stood with and defended the movement on this platform from the beginning, this includes defending the founders. This article comes from a space of reconciliation for the movement and our future as a people.
If you have any questions or comments, I’m back on Twitter for the time being: actifymg_rr. I’m also on Clubhouse under the same handle.
Pictured: The photo in the featured image of this article is of Queen Mother Callie House (1861-1928).