Join me on Philadelphia's WURD-AM on Saturday morning at 900A/ET. The host is Glenn Ellis—author, medical journalist, health policy expert and broadcaster with several radio shows. On this week's menu: The case for reparations.
The idea of financial compensation to the Black community for the devastation of slavery and racism was a very hot topic in the 1980s and 1990s but fell out of favor. The discussion has gained huge traction in recent years and months especially after Ta-Nahesi Coates' brilliant May 2014 cover article at The Atlantic. There also has been much more scholarship on the traumatic socioeconomic, health and psychological implications of slavery, Jim Crow and institutional racism—from the ever-expanding prison industrial complex to mortgage redlining to the school-to-prison pipeline to health disparities such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This has become a major discussion across the African Diaspora. Fourteen Caribbean nations filed a lawsuit in September 2013 to force Britain, France and the Netherlands to pay reparations, too.
Glenn's guest will include the distinguished journalist George Curry. He is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, former editor of EMERGE, and was on staff at the Chicago Tribune and St. Louis Post Dispatch, among others. George, Glenn and myself worked together at AIDS 2010 Vienna and AIDS 2012 Washington.
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