The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks

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Penguin, Jan 1, 2001 - Social Science - 272 pages
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The national bestseller by the author of Defending the Spirit.

In this powerful and controversial book, distinguished African-American political leader and thinker Randall Robinson argues for the restoration of the rich history that slavery and segregation severed. Drawing from research and personal experience, he shows that only by reclaiming their lost past and proud heritage can blacks lay the foundation for their future. And white Americans can make reparations for slavery and the century of racial discrimination that followed with monetary restitution, educational programs, and the kinds of equal opportunities that will ensure the social and economic success of all its citizens.

In a book that is both an unflinching indictment of past wrongs and an impassioned call to our nation to educate all Americans about the history of Africa and its people, Robinson makes a persuasive case for the debt white America owes blacks, and the debt blacks owe themselves.

 

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THE DEBT: What America Owes to Blacks

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Robinson (Defending the Spirit, 1998), influential chief of the lobbying group TransAfrica, presents the long overdue bill, on behalf of America's blacks, for centuries of social and economic abuse ... Read full review

The debt: what America owes to Blacks

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The title of this book shouldn't deter perspective readers: Robinson (founder and president of TransAfrica) dedicates only one of the ten chapters to a discussion of reparations. And his ideas about ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Reclaiming Our Ancient Self
11
Taking Account of the LongTerm Psychic Damage
29
Race to Class to Race
59
SelfHatred
81
Demanding Respect
97
Race Money and Foreign Policy The Cuba Example
121
The Cost of Ignoring the Race Problem in America
161
and in the Black World
179
Thoughts about Restitution
199
Toward the Black Renaissance
235
Sources
249
Index
253
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Randall Robinson is the founder and president of TransAfrica, the organization that spearheaded the movement to influence U.S. policies toward international black leadership. He is the author of Defending the Spirit: A Black Life in America, The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks and The Reckoning: What Blacks Owe To Each Other. Frequently featured in major print media, he has appeared on Charlie Rose, Today, Good Morning America, and the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, among others.

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