By Roy L. Brooks
Roy L. Brooks reframes some of the most very important, debatable, and misunderstood problems with our time during this far-reaching reassessment of the turning out to be debate on black reparation. Atonement and Forgiveness shifts the focal point of the problem from the backward-looking query of repayment for sufferers to a extra forward-looking racial reconciliation. supplying a accomplished dialogue of the background of the black redress circulation, this e-book places ahead a strong new plan for repairing the broken courting among the government and black american citizens within the aftermath of 240 years of slavery and one other a hundred years of government-sanctioned racial segregation. Key to Brooks's imaginative and prescient is the government's transparent sign that it is familiar with the significance of the atrocity it dedicated opposed to an blameless humans, that it takes complete accountability, and that it publicly requests forgiveness--in different phrases, that it apologizes. the govt. needs to make that apology plausible, Brooks explains, via a tangible act that turns the rhetoric of apology right into a significant, fabric truth, that's, through reparation. Apology and reparation jointly represent atonement. Atonement, in flip, imposes a reciprocal civic legal responsibility on black american citizens to forgive, which permits black american citizens to begin relinquishing racial resentment and to start trusting the government's dedication to racial equality. Brooks's daring thought situates the argument for reparations inside of a bigger, foreign framework--namely, a post-Holocaust imaginative and prescient of presidency accountability for genocide, slavery, apartheid, and related acts of injustice. Atonement and Forgiveness makes a passionate, convincing case that merely with this spirit of heightened morality, identification, egalitarianism, and restorative justice can actual racial reconciliation happen in the United States.
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Roy L. Brooks reframes essentially the most very important, arguable, and misunderstood problems with our time during this far-reaching reassessment of the growing to be debate on black reparation. Atonement and Forgiveness shifts the focal point of the difficulty from the backward-looking query of reimbursement for sufferers to a extra forward-looking racial reconciliation.
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Political coalitions with other victim groups are likely to founder on the shoals of self-interest. It was not just the Africans who were prepared to sell out their “friends” for selﬁsh reasons; it was other groups as well. ”46 Whether black Americans can expect support from foreign governments or other victim groups, such as Japanese Americans and Jewish Americans, is an open question. Certainly, Japanese Americans pretty much ﬂew solo in their ﬁght for reparations from the United States government.
Many of the capital deﬁciencies wrought by slavery continue to play an ominous role in the lives of black Americans. These racial disadvantages follow their original arc in broad outline. Only the details have changed. H A R M S TO S L A V E S A N D F R E E B L A C K S 35 Chapter 3 HARMS TO DESCENDANTS Two persons—one white, the other black—are playing a game of poker. The game has been in progress for almost four hundred years. ” Hopeful but somewhat suspicious, the black player responds, “That’s great.
Every ﬁrst Tuesday slaves were brought in from Virginia and sold on the block. The auctioneer was Cap’n Dorsey. E. M. Cobb was the slave-bringer. They would stand the slaves up on the block and talk about what a ﬁnelooking specimen of black manhood or womanhood they was, tell how healthy they was, look in their mouth and examine their teeth just like they was a horse, and talk about the kind of work they would be ﬁt for and could do. (Morris Hillyer)34 Never knew who massa done sold. I remember one morning ol’ white man rode up in a buggy and stop by a gal name Lucy that was working in the yard.
Atonement and Forgiveness: A New Model for Black Reparations (George Gund Foundation Book in African American Studies) by Roy L. Brooks