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UBUNTU

UBUNTU is a race neutral nonprofit organization which advocates reparations for Africans N' America based upon the enslavement of our ancestors between 1619-1865 and other post slavery crimes committed against black people in America. UBUNTU insists that the essence of emancipation is reparations, and WE DEMAND REPARATIONS NOW!
UBUNTU REPARATIONS OBJECTIVES

. To rally and unite Africans N' America and in the motherland in support of our Reparations demands.

. That Reparations be paid in the form of cash ($1,000,000) to each African N' America born prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or exempt same regardless of date of birth from all federal taxes for 246 years (1619-1865).

. To call on the United Nations to play a proactive role in the demand for (Black) Reparations worldwide.

. That the Congress of the United States provide funding to build a National Slavery Memorial.

. That all Africans N' America holding undergraduate degrees receive paid in full graduate school endowments.

. That land lost or stolen during slavery and post slavery be returned to the owners, their relatives or assigns and/or be awarded compensation for loses in todays dollars.

. In addition, we call upon the UN Secretary General to acknowledge racial profiling and political incarceration of African Americans as a continuation of the Black Codes (human rights violations) denying us our right to live as free human beings and take proactive steps to end it now! LEST WE BE CALLED TO ARMS.

UBUNTU actively promotes the above objectives which we believe are fair and reasonable. UBUNTU views reparations as our rightful inheritance since our forefathers and mothers were not paid for their forced labor. We believe that it is the obligation of the U.S. Government to address these issues honestly, within their historical context and to do so promptly. We believe that the majority of Africans N' America support our agenda as well as a growing number of whites in America and throughout the world. Throughout the United States and Africa there have been renewed demands for reparations and people are growing more impatient by the day.


BLACK CODES HISTORICALLY

Black Codes were laws passed after the slaves were legally free following the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The newly freed men and women posed a hardship for their former owners as their available labor declined. As a result laws were passed which prohibited ex-slaves from realizing the benefits of their newly granted freedom. Black Codes were used by southern whites as a means to control blacks and mirrored slavery in every way except by name. Blacks were denied the opportunity to vote; they were not allowed to buy land and many whites refused to sell it to them; they were forced to sign labor contracts with plantation owners; and were forbidden the right to live in town without permission. The Black Codes for all intents and purposes provided a source cheap of source of labor and were endorsed by the Klu Klux Klan. It was not until Congress passed the 1866 Civil Rights Bill and the Reconstruction Act of 1867 that black men obtained the right to vote. But even after that, blacks lived under the constant terror of the Klan which did not approve of the black right to vote.
BLACK CODES TODAY

UBUNTU believes that just as Black Codes in the pass were designed to control the lives and destiny of former slaves, so to do they exist today in trying to control what blacks can and cannot do. Although the Black Codes today might not be as overt as they once were, they do exist in every aspect of our existence. We witness Black Codes first hand in the attack on affirmative action. Affirmative action programs and policies started in the 1970s as a means to remedy past discrimination. Educational institutions, local police, and other agencies receiving federal funding had to comply with those guidelines. However, with a number of Supreme Court appointments during the Reagan and Bush administrations and subsequent lower court decisions, some parts of the policy have been successfully reversed. Although the before mentioned administrations acknowledged that past discrimination and injustices did exist, they failed to see the benefits of affording the victims and the offspring of victims opportunities in the federal service as a remedy towards healing old wounds. Thus we have Proposition 209 out of California and other states and institutions looking for reasons and ways to dismantle what they refer to as "reverse discrimination." Today we witness Black Codes in racial profiling; in drug laws that favor white offenders; in the number of blacks imprisoned and in the sentences received. We see Black Codes in Presidential appointments to the Supreme Court; in home and business loans. They exist in school curriculums where childern are still taught how great slave owners like Jefferson and Washington were. They are still taught how great the oppressive Christopher Columbus was and how wonderful it was for Abe Lincoln to free the poor slaves. Never are they taught the virtues of Nat Turner's uprising or that of Vesey and Prosser. After all they were just freedom fighters who hated whites. Due to the overt nature of the Black Codes and the system that created them and allowed them to prosper, UBUNTU stakes its claim for our demand for reparations. The demand for reparations is not limited to chattel slavery alone, but also includes post slavery racial discrimination and other crimes committed against Africans N'America based solely on the color of our skin.
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For a generous donation of $20.00 you will receive an UBUNTU tee shirt as our way of showing our appreciation for your support. Please specify size (Small-6XL). Make your check or money order payable to:

UBUNTU
P.O. Box 5654
Fredericksburg,Virginia 22406
Email:ubuntu@ubuntu.tv (PH) (540)286-1577.

WE DEMAND REPARATIONS NOW!!

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I think the pre-Civil Rights act idea makes a solid case. There is plenty of LIVING SURVIVORS and plenty of WELL DOCUMENTED internment-like practices that composed that bulk of American History, to say the least.

I could say more, I guess, but, since you introduced the term UBUNTU via the Reparations group, I'd like to know what type of lessons from South Africa and its Truth & Reconciliation Commission or other precepts do you think we can draw on.

Also, with respect to UBUNTU, shouldn't the mold/mode of Reparations reflect UBUNTU?
Call me a "socialist" but I'm much more in favor of Reparations as a community and people lifting mode as in some very intentional collective endeavors. Not that either proposal preclude those collective considerations/concerns but that's my hope: An explicit set of arrangements that fosters community-wide, people-wide support and connections; aka institutions.

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