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Reply to "A white dudes take on repatriations"

Ted, you're obviously misinformed and misinformed on a number of levels. If the U.S. gov't had any inclination to provide land for African-Americans it would have been done a long time ago when land was explicitly mentioned before the current reparations movement.

Land could have easily been part of the civil rights package. Dr. King certainly had something to say about how land reparations after slavery was an issue and his contemporaries in the Nation of Islam made rather explicit land claims:
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What The Muslims Want

1. We want freedom. We want a full and complete freedom.

2. We want justice. Equal justice under the law. We want justice applied equally to all, regardless of creed or class or color.

3. We want equality of opportunity. We want equal membership in society with the best in civilized society.

4. We want our people in America whose parents or grandparents were descendants from slaves, to be allowed to establish a separate state or territory of their own--either on this continent or elsewhere. We believe that our former slave masters are obligated to provide such land and that the area must be fertile and minerally rich. We believe that our former slave masters are obligated to maintain and supply our needs in this separate territory for the next 20 to 25 years--until we are able to produce and supply our own needs.

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Beyond that, N'COBRA (National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America) list land with everything else:

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What forms should Reparations take?

Reparations can be in as many forms as necessary to equitably (fairly) address the many forms of injury caused by chattel slavery and its continuing vestiges. The material forms of reparations include cash payments, land, economic development, and repatriation resources particularly to those who are descendants of enslaved Africans. Other forms of reparations for Black people of African descent include funds for scholarships and community development; creation of multi-media depictions of the history of Black people of African descent and textbooks for educational institutions that tell the story from the African descendants' perspective; development of historical monuments and museums; the return of artifacts and art to appropriate people or institutions; exoneration of political prisoners; and, the elimination of laws and practices that maintain dual systems in the major areas of life including the punishment system, health, education and the financial/economic system. The forms of reparations received should improve the lives of African descendents in the United States for future generations to come; foster economic, social and political parity; and allow for full rights of self-determination.

http://www.ncobra.org/AboutUs.html


Given that information, I'd like for you to explain where you got the idea that cash money was the only form of reparations proponents have argued for.
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