Publications & Articles
Reparations on Fire
Reparations on Fire explores the spread of the reparation movement’s multiple fronts, encompassing the local, national, and international arenas, much of it occurring in 2020 and 2021. What is new? What does the international and national tell us about the local and what does the local tell us about the other two? Is the reparations movement now starting local and trickling up and out? What about the role of other culpable entities outside of government, such as academic and religious institutions, and corporations, industries, and private estates?
This book exists because of both the promise and danger of this moment, and because of the rapidly spreading momentum across the country on the issue.
Reparations on Fire describes history in the making. It is part historical analysis, part revolutionary manifesto and part political red-alert. The public must see all the fault lines clearly while there is still time to correct course. Reparations on Fire is proud to bring additional value to the reparations movement as it goes about the necessary tasks of concretizing its goals and objectives.
"REPARATIONS, Not Only Possible … But INEVITABLE!"
February 26, 2021
If acknowledgement is the first step toward acceptance, reparations for Black people in America has taken a major step forward. The Feb. 17th House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Reparations is one case in point. Then you add the recent...
"Of Terror and Promise:
On this Stormy MLK Day, there’s no better time to call for Reparatory Justice"
January 18, 2021
The terror Blacks feel is in our bones. For me, it began when white storm clouds of terror hung over the home of Mose Wright late one August night in 1955, when white, armed terrorists demanded his great-nephew, 14-year-old Emmett Till, be handed over to them. I was...
"My Reparations Victory: What Comes Before Word and Deed?"
August 22, 2021
The Ancestors know how to make things work. In their constant, cosmic blend between the invisible and the tangible, they have caused historic blinders to drop from the eyes of those who Martin Luther King might have called in an earlier time “white moderates.” Here’s some proof...
“Three Things We Get Wrong with 'Ten Things We Get Wrong About Reparations': An Open Letter to Rolling Stone”
July 15, 2021
Dear Rolling Stone Editors:
The day I discovered the commentary you ran — which was Tuesday, in the morning — I was poised to participate in a Washington, D.C. press conference with some of America’s most progressive faith leaders who had gathered to push Congress to pass H.R. 40, proposed legislation that would...
“Can this Congress
Handle both White Supremacy & Reparations”
April 15, 2021
As a lifelong D.C. resident, I’ve learned not to put too much faith in the White House, the House of Representatives, the Senate and the U.S. Supreme Court. But I have worked as part of the grassroots as well as the grasstops, so I know that change is possible. President Biden’s first 100 days are approaching and Black...
“Reparations: Has the Time Finally Come”
May 26, 2020
During a lull one afternoon when I was a high school student selling Black Panther Party newspapers on the streets of downtown Washington, D.C., in 1971, I sat down on the curb and opened the tabloid to the 10-point program, “What We Want; What We Believe.” The graphic assertion of “Point Number 3” particularly grabbed me...