Reparations Resources

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GA 2023: Next Steps into Anti-Racism and Reparations

We explore our society’s isms: such as, racism, sexism, classism, etc. These are mere symptoms of our culture’s real pathology: refusal to face its legacy of chattel enslavement. We show individuals, congregations, and anti-racism teams, healthy concepts and strategies in our 6-part workshop which begins the healing from that past legacy of crimes against humanity. Speakers include UUJEC Board Member Carl W. McCargo (M.S.), Rev Dr. Kristen L. Harper and Nina Kavin.

GA 2022: Love Calls Us On: Faith, Religion, and Reparations.

We discuss how our liberal faith demands we champion Reparations and repair the damage caused by an American system that condoned slavery and continues to de-value the descendants of the enslaved. We use an historical and multi-faith lens to describe what congregations can do to work toward repair. Featuring Connie Simon, Bruce Pollack-Johnson and UUJEC board members Carl McCargo and Jane Bannor. Watch the video on Vimeo here.

GA 2021: Reparations: Rooted in Repair

The doctrine of discovery removed African peoples from their lands, their culture & nationhood and from the cover of GOD. Learn about the five major areas of injuries and strategies for repair of damages wrought by African Chattel Slavery. In this presentation, we expound on those injury areas and discuss local,state and national strategies, including N’COBRA, to repair individuals and culture and reshape institutions that financed the chattel slavery institutions. Featuring Ari Merretazon, Woullard Lett and UUJEC board members Carl McCargo and Jane Bannor. Watch the video on Vimeo here.

Healing from Hate, Discussion with UUJEC Board Member Carl McCargo

Healing From Hate examines the root causes of hate group activity through the bold work of those battling intolerance on the front lines, including “Life After Hate”, an organization founded by former Skinheads and neo-Nazis, now engaged in transforming attitudes of intolerance, and groundbreaking sociologist Michael Kimmel.

UUJEC Reparation Resources for Worship

2022 Action of Immediate Witness, Anti-Racism and Reparations Via Restorative Justice led by UUJEC Board Member Carl McCargo and Passed at UUA General Assembly

WHEREAS, the forced labor, egregious punishments, and inhuman sufferings of Americans of African descent during the chattel enslavement era catapulted America into a world superpower, financially and militarily; Continue reading…

Atoning for our Sins sermon by Rev. Judith Deutsch 2020, validating the need for reparations.

Black people have been deprived of their fair share of our nation’s wealth since they were first brought to our shores as slaves more than four hundred years ago. And slavery, the first sin which I’ll be discussing, is a horrendous sin for which our nation must atone. Continue reading…

Reparation Articles

Medium: How Ignorance of The World Gave White People a Superiority Complex by Allison Wiltz

While eating some beignets near Cafe Du Monde, I read a brown and gold plaque that claimed New Orleans was “first sighted as an Indian portage to Lake Pontchartrain and Gulf in 1699 by Bienville and Iberville” and that the city gained its name from the Duke of Orleans, and called the “crescent city because of” its “location in the bend of the Mississippi.” Reading this plaque made me realize just how inundated our society is with white supremacy — it’s become ubiquitous, like the air we breathe. Continue reading…

YES! Magazine Spaces As Reparations for Black Youth by Torie Weiston-Serdan

The issue of providing reparations to the descendants of enslaved Africans has become a deeply divisive topic. Sparked in part by the high-profile deliberations of California’s Reparations Task Force, debates over accounting for the wrongs of slavery and systemic racism are taking place in state houses and Congress nationwide. The battle over a legal definition of reparations for Black people is also part of a global conversation about the need to repair and restore a people who have been historically looted, displaced, and exploited. Financial reparations could soon become a reality worldwide. Continue reading…