#1281 The politics and principle of Reparations

Air Date: 6–14-2019

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Today we take a look at the renewed call for reparations for slavery, Jim Crow and beyond that is infusing the 2020 Democratic primary campaign as well as the history of the campaign for reparations

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Ch. 1: 40 Acres and A Mule, Today with Brian Balogh and William Darity - BackStory - Air Date 5-24-19

The racial wealth gap is real, and it's large. Reconstruction after the Civil War took some good steps, but all that work was undone. Don't believe the myth that the black community doesn't have wealth because of their own problems.

Ch. 2: History of Slaveowners Receiving Reparations with DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint - Pod Save the People - Air Date 4-23-19

After the Emancipation Proclamation, Slave Owners received reparations - creating a narrative that legitimized slavery and enforced poor race relations, essentially canceling the debt our nation owed black lives.

Ch. 3: A Plan To Reverse Economic Apartheid in the US with Dedrick Asante-Muhammad and Chuck Collins - Tiny Spark with Amy Costello - Air Date 5-29-19

Open a congressional committee on reparations, and recognize we need massive progressive policy AND reparations. Stop blaming black lives for their place in the world.

Ch. 4: Callie House and the Movement for Reparations with Nathan Connolly and Mary Frances Berry - BackStory - Air Date 5-24-19

Callie House launched the first widespread reparations movement, despite concentrated attacks from the Federal Government to stop her.

Ch. 5: Renewed Reparations Conversations with Neil, Natalia and Niki - Past Present - Air Date 4-9-19

Support for reparations is growing. Ta-Nehisi Coates sparked the fire. Wealth has been denied to black lives for centuries, and we need widespread policies and radical change to enact proper reparations work.

Ch. 6: The Establishment is trying to outflank Bernie on Reparations - The Benjamin Dixon Show - Air Date 3-11-19

Bernie has an amazing imagination and pushes the Overton Window to the left on every issue - except reparations and black lives. The establishment is using this to hurt Bernie's campaign, despite also not caring about black people.

Ch. 7: Radical Case for Reparations with Glen Ford - This Is Hell - Air Date 4-25-19

Reparations are: Acknowledgement of injustices on the parts of the perpetrators. Restitution for the effects of injustices. Mutual recognition of the part of the victimized communities and perpetrator that the debt is paid.


Ch. 8: Focus on rape ban exceptions is useless - Heather from Texas

Ch. 9: Trump and the long line of bad presidents - Brandon from Chicago


Ch. 10: Final comments on the life vs legal personhood distinction and how impeachment could usher out the era of impunity we’ve been living in for decades.


Ta-Nehisi Coates Revisits The Case for Reparations (The New Yorker)

The Case for Reparations (Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic, 2014) 

What Reparations for Slavery Might Look Like in 2019 (The New York Times)

Long Before Redlining: Racial Disparities in Homeownership Need Intentional Policies (Shelterforce)

After Redlining - Part 2 (Shelterforce)

What We Get Wrong About the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap (Social Equity, Duke University, 2018)

1.5 Million Missing Black Men (NY Times, 2015)

How a ‘segregation tax’ is costing black American homeowners $156 billion (Curbed)

Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Contrarian - Sketchbook
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  • Quaver - Codebreaker
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  • Swapping Tubes - Studio J
  • Chilvat - Lillehammer
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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