Should America also pay reparations to Africa?
At a 2017 U.N. discussion in the Gambia entitled “The Banjul International Colloquium on Slavery, Slave Trade & Colonialism,” the issue was debated.
Some of the speakers included Prof. Leonard Jefferies, a former African-American Professor of Black Studies City University of New York; his wife, Rosalind Jefferies, an African-American art historian; Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France, daughter of the legendary Frantz Fanon; and Dr. Lang Fafa Dampha of the African Academy of Languages, African Union Commission in Bamako Mali.
“Dr. Lang Fafa Dampha presented a paper citing reparations as a vital component to Africa’s healing economically and otherwise,” Africa Blogging reported.
“Reparation claim for slavery and colonialism is not a new issue, because the African peoples both on the continent and in the Diaspora as well as other social groups in the Americas have a long history of demanding compensation for the wrongs inflicted on them, particularly in terms of slavery. For example, in the United States, the Black Panthers in the 1960s recalled the promise of ‘Forty Acres and a Mule,’” he said.
Mierille Fanon argued for reparations to be paid to Africa. “Through reparation, the most important thing is to oblige the former colonizers from Trans-Atlantic trade slave, from enslavement and colonization to colonialism to repair the situation which saw humanity be broken because of the development of capitalism in its most brutal aspects, which confirms today by the seizure of all the liberal capitalist machine on the state apparatus and is expressed by an endless war conducted against the people so that the system continues on and on while garnering even more profits,” Fanon said.
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