U.S. owes black people reparations for a history of ‘racial terrorism,’ says U.N. panel

by Ishaan Tharoor | The Washington post  |  published on September 28, 2016

The history of slavery in the United States justifies reparations for African Americans, argues a recent report by a U.N.-affiliated group based in Geneva.

This conclusion was part of a study by the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a body that reports to the international organization’s High Commissioner on Human Rights. The group of experts, which includes leading human rights lawyers from around the world, presented its findings to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, pointing to the continuing link between present injustices and the dark chapters of American history.

“In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent,” the report stated. “Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching.”

  • justinwachin

    If anyone deserves reparations it would have been those who had been slaves. Guess what, those people are dead and gone. Not all white people owned slaves. Guess what, the former slave owners are dead and gone.

    No one can say that a particular black person’s life would be different today if their ancestor had received some sort of reparation after slavery was abolished. Over the past 151 years any payout would have likely been spent on living life. The Great Depression would likely have taken any remaining windfall that had come from the 1860s.

    If slavery had not occurred most blacks would have remained in Africa. Either way, very few blacks today would be any better off if slavery had not occurred or if there had been reparations. This reparations business is usually pushed by people who are unwilling to work hard and succeed. They want someone else to give them prosperity.

  • Duane L Petersen

    Lets see if that is the case then England which banned Slavery only 60 years before the US was formed should also have to and most of the European countries are also on the hook and the Arab countries are still doing slavery. Oh and by the way it was the Arab countries that shipped most of the Africans to the US. For this bunch of communists to say anyone should pay recreations they should be looking at themselves first. There has never been a country that did not have slavery in all of history that at some time in their history in their country.

  • John Wirts

    If the U.S. owes reparations for 200 years of western slavery 180 years ago. Then Iran, Iraq, Afganistan and the north African muslem states, and the rest of the Middle East muslim states must owe all of africa 1700 years of reparations. They still take slaves today, and their cross continent slave marched are fatal to far more of their slaves then the slave ship voyages. BUT THE BIGOTS DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT MUSLIM SLAVERY, STILLIN EFFECT TODAY! NO ONLY EUROPEAN SLAVERY WHICH WAS ENDING IN STAGES. First slave trade was outlawed, then slavery was contained, then it was aboloshed. Then the deamoncrats tricked the blacks onto the current slavery the welfare plantation! The black family was destroyed, the church was removed from black culture. The welfare system allowed the black woman to live with out a husband, and the drug war was made ineffective with no effective punishment for dealing or using. So we are already paying reparations in the form of welfare! When will the muslims pay for what they have done and are doing?

  • reggie

    Then they need to find the BLACK SLAVE OWNERS families as well and make them pay their share, to their BLACK and WHITE slaves. The first slave owner was BLACk, not white. My gr gr ? Grandfather fought in the Civil War for them. My mother was a poor immigrant. I have no white guild. How about making Dole pay for what they did to the Hawaiian queen, and the Hawaiians.

  • Betty

    Would like to see the US leave the UN it has not supported the US but we pay over 50% of the operating cost and the member recieve immunity if they break our laws. Obama is all for doing away with the US goverment and making us part of a world wide goverment.. Last Days

    • reggie

      Trump or The NWO.

  • Mys77

    Screw the un….experts my ……, the only thing they are expert at is money laubdering, money grubbing, creating divisions, anarchy, and chaos. Last time I looked, no one in the un was elected by the people of the world. Self appointed, narcissistic, elitist douche bags, shut up, and sit down. You have NO AUTHORITY, AND NO RIGHT TO EVEN SAY THESE THINGS TO THE USA. And, try cleaning up your bizarre, idea of justice in your own third world countries. Idiots.

    • Bowserb

      Well said.

  • CharlieSeattle

    Did You Know the First Legal Slave Owner in America Was a Black Man?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Johnson_(colonist)

    Anthony Johnson (b. c. 1600 – d. 1670) was an Angolan who achieved freedom in the early 17th-century Colony of Virginia after serving his term of indenture. He became one of the first property owners and slaveholders of African birth there. Held as an indentured servant in 1621, he earned his freedom after several years, and was granted land by the colony.[1]

    He later became a successful tobacco farmer in Maryland. Notably, he is recognized for attaining great wealth after having been an indentured servant and has been referred to as “’the black patriarch’ of the first community of Negro property owners in America”.[1]

    [1] To Make Our World Anew: Volume I: A History of African Americans to 1880

    https://books.google.com/books?id=ua0dld3camgC&pg=PA287&lpg=PA287&dq=%22History+of+Black+Americans:+From+Africa+to+the+Emergence+of+the+Cotton+Kingdom%22.+Oxford+University+Press&source=bl&ots=3D5dc956y3&sig=SrVvqU68ht9K–ecGCS6eVChgPA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiqvOjssrLPAhUQySYKHWQjDr8Q6AEIMTAH#v=onepage&q&f=false

  • CharlieSeattle

    Note the slave shackles came off in 1865 here in the USA. Thousands of white boys died to accomplish that feat.

    However, slave shackles continue to be used in Africa and the middle east. Robbery, rape, forced conversion and genocide are used in the name of a fake religion called islam.

    Tell me, when will Al Sharpton lead an army of blacks to free thousands of black, white and arab slaves where slavery has always existed and still does today?

    …………………Impress me please! I will not hold my breath waiting.

    • reggie

      I’ll try. When soros, ford foundation and that group of ( ) pledge $100 million over six years, to HIM (tax free of course), in addition to the $100 million pledged to blm, then you’ll see some action.

  • CharlieSeattle

    A black homeland was created 150 years ago for freed black slaves. It is called Liberia.

    However, there is no welfare in Liberia, so I guess you F%#KERS will stay here, collect FREE STUFF and bytch!

    Right?……………….Got it!

    • reggie

      And when the communists/socialists/marxists/ take over, guess what? Freebies stop. No work? No money. That’s when it will all hit the fan. In “utopia”, everyone works. End of story. Can you say safe space?

  • Janis

    Before any reparations could even be considered being paid to an individual, they would have to trace back that they actually WERE descendants of slaves. Heck, a lot of the kids of recent generations do not even know who their daddy is.

    • CharlieSeattle

      All blacks in America were descendents of slaves….so yes they were.

      Slavery is still practiced in Africa……..so yes again.

      • Janis

        So then I guess your solution is to write out a check to everyone who claims to have black blood in them. Evolution teaches that all people are descendants of people who originated in Africa so I suppose we are ALL owed a check. Turns out to be a wash.

      • Bowserb

        3.8 million blacks in America are immigrants–that’s blacks who asked to come here, were “refugees”, or came here illegally and stayed. Do they get reparations? If so, for WHAT?

      • reggie

        The first slave was owned by a BLACK man, Anthony Johnson. They came as indentured servants from Africa, Europe and other countries. Once they paid the indenture, they were free. BTW, whites also came as indentured servants. Anthony Johnson, Black, paid his indenture, and farmed tobacco in MD. The first slave was John Castor. Supposedly Castor had paid his indenture to Johnson. Johnson said no, sued and Castor was returned to him.
        “By 1830 there were 3,775 black families living in the South who owned black slaves. By 1860 there were about 3,000 slaves owned by black households in the city of New Orleans alone.” Conservative headlines dot com 3/2012.

  • used_to_be_a_liberal

    to hell with the U N.

  • exoticdoc2

    No one alive today had anything to do with slavery or was a slave. They are owed NOTHING. In fact, the worst off blacks in this country are better off than the average black over in that pit known as Africa. The real racial terrorists are the black lives matter twits.

    • CharlieSeattle

      Black Lies Do Not Matter!

  • Rodney Steward

    Need more proof that the UN is a useless bunch of idiots, if anybody should get paid, is these town that were burned, looted, and polluted, till then they need to thank us for letting them live for free! They should look at their own country for the real slave traders, and still till this day is going on!!

  • Charles Reed

    OK, but to the original slaves, by the original slave holder!

    • reggie

      They came as indentured servants to begin with, Anthony Johnson (Black) upset the apple cart.
      “By 1830 there were 3,775 black families living in the South who owned black slaves. By 1860 there were about 3,000 slaves owned by black households in the city of New Orleans alone.” taken from Conservative-Headlines 2/14

  • Cameron Hall

    And not a word about the African tribes that sold the people into slavery having to pay up

    • CharlieSeattle

      Slavery is still practiced in Africa.

  • Wyatt

    The History of the UN is that it is a totally worthless and in effective organization that has caused more conflict and world strife than it has ever prevented . If this body , headed and lead now by Third World Demigogs thinks the US owes anything to anyone over slavery , perhaps they should also tell that to African Black and Muslim nations who were the slavers and sellers of other fellow blacks . Placing tribes different than their own into bondage . A practice they carry on to this day .
    The UN should be told to find a new home , a new host nation and to begin paying for that which they now get free and take as their due

    Get the UN out of America and , America out of the UN !

    • Mys77

      Better yet, dissolve the un….a bunch of weirdos who get together, make speeches, under the table deals, ect….

  • McFerguson

    Nonsense! Since poverty programs were instituted by LBJ’s Great Society in the mid-60s, trillions have been spent on lifting poor people out of poverty. And 50 percent of those trillions went to roughly the 13 percent of the population who would fall into the racial category of ‘African Americans.’ Our long list of welfare programs and services directly served this group way out of proportion to their representation in the population. And it’s continued unabated for the past half century. This serves as America’s reparations for any past “sins” committed against these people from the time of the Founding to the Civil war. No slaves live today and no slave owners are alive today. And no country in history has given as much as America to ameliorate the conditions that resulted from its past. And the UN, a collection of loons and misfit countries who still today treat their people far worse that the U.S. ever did theirs, can kiss off.

  • 1947goldenjet

    This is what you can expect and MORE from the One World Government global elitists. I would vote for the Devil himself just to stick a finger in eye of the One World movement. Anyone else wonder why G. H. W. Bush and Slick Willy got to be such great pals?

    • Karll

      Yup, we’ve had turds for leaders ever since Reagan
      left office.

    • Ken says

      The 1% Liberal Elite Establishment and their RINO and DEM Puppets have controlled OUR Government for the last 28 years. For the first time in 28 years we have a REAL choice for POTUS. Don’t surrender the USA to the Elite and their ilk – throw them out – Trump/Pence 2016

    • reggie

      Yeah, look up Mena airport in ark an sas.

      • 1947goldenjet

        Take a seat at the head of the class.

  • Karll

    If they get “reparations”, I’m going to invest in rap music labels, black hair care product manufacturers and rim (wheel) manufacturers and
    retire 6 months after that.

  • Rock

    “I” owe NOTHING to anyone.

  • PJ

    OK, I’m of the Jewish faith. Where are my reparations for all the years of antisemitism in the USA and the Nazi Holocaust? BTW, I was not REALLY asking for any reparations nor should I expect it. or anyone else for that matter!!

    What about the native Americans; where are their reparations? How about the Irish and Chinese, who were persecuted in the 1800’s in the USA? There is no ethnic group that has not felt some prejudice somewhere. Should we pay reparations to ALL of these ethnic groups? Why single out ANY for reparations? And who pays for all these reparations?

    This just proves that the UN is nothing more than a political organization bending at the will of the one world order elitists! The UN has proven, beyond any doubt, that they should stay out of politics and go back to their original charter.

    • mountie

      It seems to me that the British had slaves in the Caribbean and countries in Africa still have slaves. You of the Jewish faith need to go after Germany and Egypt.

  • Rock

    Obama and Hillary’s best friends also… Bowserb is 100% correct.

  • Bowserb

    Please note, guys, it is our tax money that supports this leftist organization. Time for the U.S. to get out of the UN and get the UN out of the U.S. Note to the UN committee, Ishaan Tharoor, and the Washington Post: You are free to make any payments you want to, to anyone you deem worthy…but out of your own stinking bank account, not mine! Want to talk about “racial terrorism”? Take a look at Black Lives Matter!

    • grandmary42

      Well said!

    • Rock

      You hit that nail square on the head !

    • Karll

      There’s been a steady effort to incite blacks to riot ever since “trayvon”. One of the alinsky rules involves creating anarchy in tha streets.

      • jim

        SCREW the UN

        • AKLady2015

          Adolescent male sexual focus. How not impressive

      • Bowserb

        Bingo. You are right on the money. And the instigator in chief has been Obama every time. He never urges calm and letting the system work (or in most cases just staying out of local cases altogether, which is what he should do). Always inciting, bringing in DOJ. Worst president in the history of our nation.

        • reggie

          BLM is funded by george soros, ford foundation and others to the tune of $100 million for the next 6 years. 0b0 and hitlery are his puppets along with a huge number of pathetic clowns in the DC government.

          • AKLady2015

            Name calling is childish.
            Most give it up by the 2nd or 3rd grade.
            Temper, temper …
            You need to practice more, you have not yet gotten the adult part down.

          • Bowserb

            Note the Ford Foundation has been independent of and doesn’t even hold stock of, the Ford Motor Company–who has not contributed to or supported in any way, Black Lives Matter.

        • AKLady2015

          Blah, blah, blah, insult …repeat ad nauseam.

      • AKLady2015

        Is that anything like the reparations paid to Japanese Americans for their stolen assets?

        How is that different from the reparations paid to America’s First People. for their stolen assets?

    • Ken says

      BLM reigns terror on the Black Community as well as all other Citizens. The United Nations is a creation of the Council on Foreign Relations – primarily funded by the USA for the purpose of undermining the US Constitution and advocating to collapse of OUR type of Government. It is time to throw the bastards out of OUR COUNTRY!

    • 7papa7

      Excellent post, I could not agree more. In fact you basically said what I was going to say. I guess great minds think alike.

    • AKLady2015

      America should not be held responsiblw for allowing slavery?
      America should not be held responsibe for segregation?
      America chose t do wrong. America shoud pay for its evil actions.
      America should not be held responsible foe denying citizship to both blacks and women?

      .

      • Bowserb

        Slavery was here before this was the USA. War on Poverty, the Great Society, Head Start, Hiring quotas, all the other programs that were put in place by Democrats have cost America and American taxpayers $22 TRILLION. Enough is enough. Democrats were saying with theses expensive and ineffective programs, “Blacks are not capable of competing without a “head start” in schools and cannot earn their own way without hiring quotas and massive handouts.”

        OK, 45 years of head starts, subsidies and force hiring of unqualified people should be enough reparations. It’s time for everyone to perform on his own. My own daughter was 7th in a HS class of 800 yet put on a wait list for Princeton while a black girl who didn’t even graduate in the top 10% was accepted with a scholarship (and dropped out after one semester of failing grades.) So, it seems that many black people have not made the most of their opportunities and so now want even more handouts. I say you’ve had your chance and too many have become career welfare instead.

        My family came from Poland and the Ukraine in the early 1900’s. Never had anything to do with slavery. Never created segregation. Never denied citizenship to blacks or women–whatever that means!!! Oh yes, and never took a nickel of welfare. AK Lady, get back to your freezer. You’re a troll, not a lady at all.

        • AKLady2015

          You freely chose to live in a Nation in which segments of the humanity were treated like beasts of burden.
          While this discussion has a narrow focus on blacks, they are only one of the many discriminated against. Genocide was practiced towards America’s First People. Those who survived were put into concentration camps.

          Chinese “coolies” were brought from China to build our railroads. They were also forced into concentration camps once they were no longer needed.
          Then there is the discrimination practiced towards all of the other peoples, i.e. Asian, Africa, Pacific Island, Arctic, Russian, European, Women, Children …

          Save your ignorant, childish insults for someone you can impress.

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