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Preface

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pp. vii-xi

I would like to use this space to acknowledge several influences that stimulated the writing of this book and, in doing so, to provide a brief history of the reparations movement. I encountered the subject of reparations, as did many who came to political maturity in the 1960s,...

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-19

After a long period in the basement of the African American agenda, reparations have become a serious bone of contention among Blacks and others. Two events were especially important in making reparations salient. ...

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2. A Grand Narrative of South African Racial Oppression

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pp. 20-39

A program of reparations in South Africa was enacted in light of the long suffering of African people under a white minority culture, which through its control of the government instituted programs of harsh social control, dehumanization, death, and appropriation of African land—what came to be known as the system of apartheid. ...

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3. The Persistence of Memory

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pp. 40-55

On a trip to South Africa in 1998, I accepted an invitation to visit some of the sites of revolutionary struggle that took place during the internal battle against Apartheid. The tour was conducted by the Direct Action Center for Peace and Memory, a serious group of...

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4. Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations

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pp. 56-77

The legal basis for the consideration of reparations, as seen in the previous chapter, was vested in item 3 of the mndate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. However, it was further entrenched in domestic law when Section 20(7) of the Promotion of...

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5. A Grand Narrative of Black American Oppression

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pp. 78-99

The history of Black American oppression takes into consideration three categories of maltreatment that in the view of this author have maintained Blacks in a hole in relation to whites in American society until this very day. ...

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6. The Grand Narrative and the Legacy of Modern Subordination

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pp. 100-130

In the previous chapter, the “grand narrative” ends around World War II, but after the war, America entered into a period of social reconstruction that included the civil rights movement and laws designed to affect that narrative. ...

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7. Barriers to Truth and Reconciliation in America

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pp. 131-161

Revealing some of the issues involved as a prelude to the discussion of reparations, the South African case cautions us that race reconciliation is not simply a problem of deriving an exact value of past oppressive events and circumstances. ...

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8. The Reparations Movement: A Liberatory Narrative

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pp. 162-188

The right wing in American politics has labored mightily to promote the notion that liberal policies have been a major cause of Black inequality—encouraging Black people to fail, as it were. However, conservative policies have pushed the Black community backward further than liberal policies. ...

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9. The Globalization of African Reparations

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pp. 189-207

The project of reparations is now a global phenomenon, with campaigns having been initiated in all parts of the international system in countries such as Australia, South Africa, Britain, France, Brazil, and elsewhere. ...

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Postscript

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pp. 208-213

As a political scientist, I am aware of the theorists of identity politics who have evaluated the demand for reparations and found a surfeit of complex problems. Such responses are typified by Wendy Brown’s work.1 ...

Appendix

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pp. 215-218

Notes

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pp. 219-235

Index

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pp. 237-249