UN committee urges US government to pay reparations for slavery

International-Decade

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https://www.rt.com/usa/330934-un-recommends-usa-reparations-slavery/

A United Nations panel of human rights activists has urged the United States’ government to pay reparations to the descendants of Africans who were brought to the US as slaves. The committee blamed slavery for the plight of African-Americans today.

The UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent’s preliminary report follows a year of aggravated racial tensions in the United States that saw the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, whose members rally against the deaths of unarmed black men like Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Mireille Fanon Mendes-France, the chairwoman of the committee, drew parallels between the police killings in the United States and racist lynchings that occurred in the South until the civil rights era.

“Contemporary police killings and the trauma it creates are reminiscent of the racial terror lynchings in the past,” Mendes-France told reporters. “Impunity for state violence has resulted in the current human rights crisis and must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

The committee released its preliminary recommendations on Friday after an 11-day fact-finding mission in the US, meeting with black Americans and others in different cities across the country.

Speaking at a press conference in Washington, DC, the group said that Congress should pass the Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, establish a national human rights commission and publicly acknowledge that the Atlantic slave trade was a crime against humanity.

Mendes-France, who is the daughter of leading black intellectual Frantz Fanon, said that the group was “extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African-Americans,” according to AP.

“The colonial history, the legacy of enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the U.S. remains a serious challenge as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent,” she continued.

While reparations are often envisioned in the United States as individual payments of cash, Mendes-France, a French woman, told Vice that she does not favor such a method. Instead, she recommended that the money be spent for the “full implementation of special programs based on education, socioeconomic, and environmental rights.”

The group will not release a full report of its findings until a September meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, but a preliminary statement said that issues such as mass incarceration and police brutality are proof that there is “structural discrimination” in the United States.

“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 said. “The persistent gap in almost all the human development indicators, such as life expectancy, income and wealth, level of education and even food security… reflects the level of structural discrimination that creates de facto barriers for people of African descent to fully exercise their human rights.”

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how will they define exactly who gets the compensation?

“While reparations are often envisioned in the United States as individual payments of cash, Mendes-France, a French woman, told Vice that she does not favor such a method. Instead, she recommended that the money be spent for the “full implementation of special programs based on education, socioeconomic, and environmental rights.””

environmental rights..wtf?

“Mendes-France, who is the daughter of leading black intellectual Frantz Fanon, said that the group was “extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African-Americans,” according to AP.”

fair enough but what about the indigenous americans as well?

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~ by seeker401 on February 4, 2016.

11 Responses to “UN committee urges US government to pay reparations for slavery”

  1. http://www.eutimes.net/2016/02/kissinger-warns-putin-that-clinton-obama-death-cult-cant-be-stopped-war-is-coming/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheEuropeanUnionTimes+%28The+European+Union+Times%29

  2. Hey seek. A bloke shared this to me by facebook the other day. The Irish had it worse than the Africans. Have a read…

    BY; James Brian Tambakis

    I’m an Irishman bud and this is a little history lesson for those who think that the stolen generation is something unique to color, rubbish!!! Our kids weren’t even rehoused they were sold and shipped overseas…
    During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children aged 10 to 14 were taken from their parents and sold as slaves in the West Indies, Virginia and New England. In this decade, 52,000 Irish (mostly women and children) were sold to Barbados and Virginia. Still 30,000 Irish men and women were also transported and sold to the highest bidder. In 1656, Cromwell ordered that 2000 Irish children be taken to Jamaica and sold as slaves to English settlers. Many people today avoid calling the Irish slaves called what they really were: Slaves. They use words such as “indentured servants” to describe what happened to the Irish. However, in most cases from the 17th and 18th centuries, Irish slaves were nothing more than human cattle.

    The Irish Slave Trade – The Forgotten “White” Slaves The Slaves That Time Forgot.

    They came as slaves; vast human cargo transported on tall British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children. Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment.

    They were burned alive and had their heads placed on pikes in the marketplace as a warning to other captives. We don’t really need to go through all of the gory details, do we? We know all too well the atrocities of the African slave trade. But, are we talking about African slavery? King James II and Charles I also led a continued effort to enslave the Irish. Britain’s famed Oliver Cromwell furthered this practice of dehumanizing one’s next door neighbor. The Irish slave trade began when James II sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World. His Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies.

    By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves. Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white. From 1641 to 1652, over 500,000 Irish were killed by the English and another 300,000 were sold as slaves. Ireland’s population fell from about 1,500,000 to 600,000 in one single decade. Families were ripped apart as the British did not allow Irish dads to take their wives and children with them across the Atlantic. This led to a helpless population of homeless women and children. Britain’s solution was to auction them off as well. During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children between the ages of 10 and 14 were taken from their parents and sold as slaves in the West Indies, Virginia and New England. In this decade, 52,000 Irish (mostly women and children) were sold to Barbados and Virginia. Another 30,000 Irish men and women were also transported and sold to the highest bidder. In 1656, Cromwell ordered that 2000 Irish children be taken to Jamaica and sold as slaves to English settlers. Many people today will avoid calling the Irish slaves what they truly were: Slaves. They’ll come up with terms like “Indentured Servants” to describe what occurred to the Irish.

    However, in most cases from the 17th and 18th centuries, Irish slaves were nothing more than human cattle. As an example, the African slave trade was just beginning during this same period. It is well recorded that African slaves, not tainted with the stain of the hated Catholic theology and more expensive to purchase, were often treated far better than their Irish counterparts. African slaves were very expensive during the late 1600s (50 Sterling). Irish slaves came cheap (no more than 5 Sterling). If a planter whipped or branded or beat an Irish slave to death, it was never a crime. A death was a monetary setback, but far cheaper than killing a more expensive African.

    The English masters quickly began breeding the Irish women for both their own personal pleasure and for greater profit. Children of slaves were themselves slaves, which increased the size of the master’s free workforce. Even if an Irish woman somehow obtained her freedom, her kids would remain slaves of her master. Thus, Irish moms, even with this new found emancipation, would seldom abandon their kids and would remain in servitude. In time, the English thought of a better way to use these women (in many cases, girls as young as 12) to increase their market share: The settlers began to breed Irish women and girls with African men to produce slaves with a distinct complexion.

    These new “mulatto” slaves brought a higher price than Irish livestock and, likewise, enabled the settlers to save money rather than purchase new African slaves. This practice of interbreeding Irish females with African men went on for several decades and was so widespread that, in 1681, legislation was passed “forbidding the practice of mating Irish slave women to African slave men for the purpose of producing slaves for sale.” In short, it was stopped only because it interfered with the profits of a large slave transport company. England continued to ship tens of thousands of Irish slaves for more than a century. Records state that, after the 1798 Irish Rebellion, thousands of Irish slaves were sold to both America and Australia.

    There were horrible abuses of both African and Irish captives. One British ship even dumped 1,302 slaves into the Atlantic Ocean so that the crew would have plenty of food to eat. There is little question that the Irish experienced the horrors of slavery as much (if not more in the 17th Century) as the Africans did. There is, also, very little question that those brown, tanned faces you witness in your travels to the West Indies are very likely a combination of African and Irish ancestry. In 1839, Britain finally decided on it’s own to end it’s participation in Satan’s highway to hell and stopped transporting slaves. While their decision did not stop pirates from doing what they desired, the new law slowly concluded THIS chapter of nightmarish Irish misery.

    But, if anyone, black or white, believes that slavery was only an African experience, then they’ve got it completely wrong. Irish slavery is a subject worth remembering, not erasing from our memories. But, where has this ever been taught in our public (and PRIVATE) schools???? Where are stories of Irish Slavery in the history books? Why is it so seldom discussed? Do the memories of hundreds of thousands of Irish victims merit more than a mention from an unknown writer? Or is their story to be one that their English pirates intended: have the Irish story utterly and completely disappear as if it never happened. None of the Irish victims ever made it back to their homeland to describe their ordeal.
    These are the lost slaves; the ones that time and biased history books-conveniently forgot-By John Martin

  3. Great Post

  4. A bit of info regarding her father Franz Fanon

    “when he was in his thirties, Fanon had a relapse of his leukemia. He sought treatment in the United States with the help of the Central Intelligence Agency who arranged for Fanon to be brought to Washington, D.C. where he was kept in a hotel room for seven or eight days prior to being hospitalized. According to an article written by Joseph Alsop in the “Washington Post” on 21 February 1968, Fanon was brought to D.C. by the case officer assigned to him by the CIA, Ollie Iselin.

    On his arrival in Washington, he resided at the Dupont Plaza Hotel from 3 to 10 October, and was subsequently admitted to the National Institute of Health. The Chief of the Medical Record Department at the Clinical Center noted that “Ibrahim Fanon”, was admitted to the Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesada, Maryland, on October 10, 1961 and expired on December 6, 1961.”
    http://www.raceandhistory.com/Historians/frantz_fanon.htm

    Mr. Fanon had some curious connections.

    “Dr. David Haywood, the doctor in direct charge of Fanon’s case. . . is quoted as remembering “the daily, downright brotherly visits of Fanon’s CIA case officer, who also had the task of bringing to the hospital Fanon’s wife and six-year-old son. Except for doctors and nurses, his wife, his son, and his case officer were, in fact, Fanon’s sole companions while his life ebbed away” . . .. ”

    from wiki
    Death
    On his return to Tunis, after his exhausting trip across the Sahara to open a Third Front, Fanon was diagnosed with leukemia. He went to the Soviet Union for treatment and experienced some remission of his illness. On his return to Tunis he dictated his testament The Wretched of the Earth. When he was not confined to his bed, he delivered lectures to ALN (Armée de Libération Nationale) officers at Ghardimao on the Algero-Tunisian border. He made a final visit to Sartre in Rome. In 1961 the CIA arranged a trip to the U.S. for further leukemia treatment.

    He died in Bethesda, Maryland, on 6 December 1961, under the name of Ibrahim Fanon. He was buried in Algeria, after lying in state in Tunisia. Later his body was moved to a martyrs’ (chouhada) graveyard at Ain Kerma in eastern Algeria.

    Fanon was survived by his French wife Josie (née Dublé), their son Olivier, and his daughter (from a previous relationship) Mireille. Josie took her own life in Algiers in 1989.

    Mireille became a professor at Paris Descartes University and a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in international law and conflict resolution. She has also worked for UNESCO and the French National Assembly, and she serves as president of the Frantz Fanon Foundation. Olivier married Valérie Fanon-Raspail, who manages the Fanon website.

    more info here
    http://www.rense.com/general96/curse4horse.html

    INTERESTING TO NOTE
    “He made a final visit to Sartre in Rome.”

    Sartre was a Marxist.

    • with the help of the Central Intelligence Agency who arranged for Fanon to be brought to Washington, D.C. where he was kept in a hotel room for seven or eight days prior to being hospitalized.

  5. I would gladly give reparations to any African in the U.S. that agreed to go back to the beloved Africa they are so upset they were taken from, and never return. I’d even pay the plane ticket.

    But when are the Scot’s going to get reparations for the Clearances? When will the Slav’s get compensation for the Holodomor? When are we going to find the descendants of the Wall Street Jews that bankrolled Trotsky & the Bolsheviks, who “holocausted” upwards to 30 million native Russians, & make THEM pay reparations?
    When is the UN going to demand the Rothschilds pay reparations for all the descendants of those killed in the wars they bankrolled (and started)?
    Are the Bolsheviks going to pay reparations to the descendants of all the German citizens they raped & murdered as they invaded Germany at the end of WW2? Will Mongolia pay reparations to Europe for Genghis Khan’s little forays into it? Do you know how many Europeans have DNA from him, due to all the rape he committed?
    Are Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Denmark, & Norway, et al, going to collectively pay reparations to all the Slavs they enslaved, from whence the very word “slave” gets its name?

    Screw the UN. Screw reparations for ANYTHING. Everybody in the world got their asses kicked by everybody else at one time or another, so what?
    The REAL problem is some people just don’t know when to stop whining.

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