Article on Blavity: 5 Times Black People Actually Received Reparations In America

On Blavity, I cover 5 instances of Black Americans receiving economic compensation for past injustices, including slavery, forced sterilization and medical experimentation. From the article:

Many of us are familiar with the phrase “40 acres and a mule,” a statement which has become a sort of shorthand for reparations payments. The phrase comes from an 1865 promise made by Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, acting on behalf of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, to redistribute land seized from Confederates in the South to formerly enslaved people….

Two things are particularly noteworthy about the plan. First, it was actually even more radical than most of us remember. Not only did the plan cover 400,000 acres of land across Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, but it actually established this land as completely Black owned and Black governed. No white person was to hold office or even live in the designated territory, thus creating a completely autonomous Black community.

The second notable thing about the plan is that it was actually implemented.

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