Africa/Diaspora: Mixed feelings about reparations

Koluki has mixed feelings about reparations: “Saying you are sorry, and trying to show it in material ways could be a part of a healing process. But in my heart, I know that giving money, and land alone….will not be the answer.”


  • Thanks for the link, Ndesanjo.
    However, I have to make a correction: the excerpt you quote is not mine but from one of my readers whose comment I turned into that post.

    My own position on the reparations debate can be read in these excerpts from some of my comments on the issue:

    (…) The issue of reparations is too complex, but it’s clear that, in comparison with the victims of the holocaust, there are double standards as you say. That in my opinion results from the influence and financial power of the Jews in the West, whom with their very strong lobbies managed to obtain not only all the support that Israel has been getting, but also legislation that has enabled the condemnation of the said denialist…
    Now, as far as reparations for slavery are concerned, the only black community in the diaspora with the political influence to win that claim is the American. However, they are far from having the financial clout Jews have. Therefore, only the African states could win that battle. However, several among them, starting with the biggest continental power, South Africa, have demonstrated themselves, if not openly against, at least reticent to show support to that cause…But the issue is not dead and continues being pushed on by various grassroots movements in all the diaspora. Personally I’m in favour of reparations.

    (…) Although when asked on which side of the debate I am, I answer that, formally and ethically, I’m in favour of reparations, intimately I think that there no possible reparations for slavery apart from those the victims and their descendents themselves can spiritually provide to themselves… And that’s in fact what has been happening since the abolition.

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