August 19, 2019
Reparations to African people as a revolutionary demand: key to transforming the world
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement (USM) is a white organization founded by and working under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party with the goal of building a movement of white reparations to African people in solidarity with the liberation of Africa and African people everywhere. USM exists in over 150 cities throughout the U.S, 37 states, and 5 countries including the UK.
Why reparations to African people is the most positive and progressive stand white people can take!
The 2019 Days of Reparations to African People Speaking Tour and organizing campaign reflects a critical turning point in the six hundred year long history of oppression and resistance of African people in the U.S. and around the world.
It has been over 600 years since Portugal’s assault on and colonization of Africa in 1415, 400 years since the ship of enslaved people arrived at Jamestown, VA in 1619, and 100 years since the “Red Summer”, with countless murderous white riots and slaughter of African people all over the U.S. in 1919.
It is also 5 years after when the massive African uprising in Ferguson, MO following the police murder of Michael Brown in 2014.
At a time when one in three African men will be sent to prison and death by police violence is the greatest cause of death for young black men, the Days of Reparations to African People calls on white people everywhere to break from our continuum of complicity with the oppression of African people and stand in solidarity with the African community fighting for power over their lives and destinies!
Chairman Omali Yeshitela, leader of the African People’s Socialist Party, has shown that capitalism and U.S. and European wealth and power are built on the European assault on Africa, centuries of enslavement of African people, along with the genocide of the Indigenous people, the theft of their land and the colonization of the majority of humanity.
As white people we know that there are two Americas: two distinct bi-polar realities in this country, one characterized by the experience of democracy, law that works for us, the chance to get a good education, jobs, travel and the opportunity to buy our starter homes on tree-lined streets with down payments passed down from our parents and grandparents.
The other is a reality of colonial state repression, imposed poverty, hopelessness, police violence and powerlessness.
We don’t have to be rich to experience much of the “American dream.” Many working white families travel the world, send their kids to college and have at least two cars parked in the driveways of their own homes.
We know that the average white family has about $165,000 in financial assets while one in five African families “have zero or negative net worth,” according to Federal Reserve reports.
If we have a family member with a drug addiction problem we do not expect our doors to be kicked in by SWAT teams or sentencing of 30 years to life in prison, as is common for African people even in this time of drug decriminalization for white people.
Police officers convicted for fatal shootings of African people are “the exception” according to NBC news.
We know that we have wealth, democracy and security at the expense of African and Indigenous people who face colonialism inside this country and around the world.
We didn’t get here because of the myth that we “worked hard and saved our money.”
We united with this imperialist system by lynching, burning, stealing and bombing in return for a standard of living for ourselves at the expense of the life and livelihood of African people.
Chairman Omali Yeshitela and the APSP leads the Uhuru Movement and the struggle to unite and liberate Africa and African people everywhere.
The APSP has been fighting for political and economic power in the hands of African people for nearly 50 years.
The APSP is an African working class organization struggling for the return of Africa’s stolen resources and wealth to build an African socialist government under which every African woman, man and child has control of their resources for prosperity for all under self-determination and self-government.
The Uhuru Movement is clear that no protest, demonstration and lawsuit can reform a system built on a pedestal of slavery. Oppression is in its DNA.
The problem is not “racism” but the colonial domination of African people in Africa, in the U.S. or wherever they have been forcibly dispersed any place on the planet.
Colonialism is the military and economic occupation of a whole people by another people for profit, land and power.
The worldwide Uhuru Movement has built the Black Power Blueprint, Black Star Industries and the African Socialist International as instruments of political and economic power in the hands of the African working class everywhere.
Back in 1976 the African People’s Socialist Party built the African People’s Solidarity Committee, the organization of white people under their leadership strategically placed inside the white population to take this truth home to our families, friends and communities: every dream and aspiration that we have is stolen from others. We all owe Reparations to African people!
In 1982 the Party held the first Tribunal on Reparations for African People in Brooklyn, New York, where an international panel of judges used international law to find the U.S. government guilty of genocide to African people.
The Party’s historic tribunal didn’t petition the U.S. government for reparations; it indicted the U.S. demanding at least $4.1 trillion for the stolen wealth of African people during the period of chattel slavery in the U.S. alone.
The Uhuru Movement also determined to make “reparations a household word,” which is a goal that has clearly come to fruition today. The Party does not see reparations as a payoff, but a revolutionary demand.
For white people, reparations is not a punishment. It is the return of stolen wealth. It is the solution to the fundamental problem roiling this country and the world: the oppression of African and colonized people which is the basis for capitalist war, imposed suffering, world poverty, and terror.
Reparations is the ultimate socialist redistribution of the world’s wealth–under the leadership of the organized African working class.
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement calls on white people to stand on the side of the resistance of African and oppressed peoples.
Reparations is our self-criticism and the key to joining in solidarity with African people and all of humanity to play our role in the building of a just and harmonious world without war and suffering.
Reparations stands for our unity with the future of the majority of humanity who have been forced into hideous suffering for the past 600 years for our benefit.
Participate in the Days of Reparations to be held in Boston, Philadelphia, Gainesville, St. Petersburg, St. Louis, Seattle, Portland and Louisville this fall.
Stand on the forward side of history!
Unity through Reparations.