The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks #2020

The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks Randall Robinson The Debt What America Owes to Blacks The national bestseller by the author of Defending the Spirit In this powerful and controversial book distinguished African American political leader and thinker Randall Robinson argues for the resto

  • Title: The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks
  • Author: Randall Robinson
  • ISBN: 9780452282100
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks Randall Robinson The national bestseller by the author of Defending the Spirit.In this powerful and controversial book, distinguished African American political leader and thinker Randall Robinson argues for the restoration of the rich history that slavery and segregation severed Drawing from research and personal experience, he shows that only by reclaiming their lost past and proud heriThe national bestseller by the author of Defending the Spirit.In this powerful and controversial book, distinguished African American political leader and thinker Randall Robinson argues for the restoration of the rich history that slavery and segregation severed Drawing from research and personal experience, he shows that only by reclaiming their lost past and proud heritage can blacks lay the foundation for their future And white Americans can make reparations for slavery and the century of racial discrimination that followed with monetary restitution, educational programs, and the kinds of equal opportunities that will ensure the social and economic success of all its citizens.In a book that is both an unflinching indictment of past wrongs and an impassioned call to our nation to educate all Americans about the history of Africa and its people, Robinson makes a persuasive case for the debt white America owes blacks, and the debt blacks owe themselves.
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    1. Most people don t know what it means to be deprived of historical roots To be severed from a concrete past, unable to trace one s lineage, unable to connect one s origins to a specific place, an actual culture a culture that makes life meaningful in a tangible, unique, and universal manner How would it feel to be severed from all that And then on top of that also to be barred from full participation in a society bred on generations of slavery and quasi slavery What would it feel like to be sever [...]

    2. Could not have read two diametrically opposed viewpoints than Buchanan s Death of the West and Robinson s bookbut both are good, important reads There were uncanny swaths of this book where I thought the man was writing the book so I wouldn t feel bad that I hadn t whole sections worded precisely the way I d always felt about racial issues, but couldn t articulate as perfectly In particular he has a part where he takes the life arc of a hypothetical, newly emancipated slave and traces that slav [...]

    3. In this book, Robinson makes the argument that America can never get over the issues of racism unless we acknowledge the impact that slavery had on blacks The first step is for the government to formally apologize Even though the government, in many places, did not actively support slavery it both didn t actively fight against it and also benefited from it.The next step that Robinson suggests is that reparations be paid, in the form of college scholarships, to black Americans While his argument [...]

    4. The history between America and Africans is undeniably full of tension In this book, Randall Robinson dissects the core of this tension and asks the question, What does America owe to Blacks In answering this question, a number of subjects are brought to surface, ranging from reparations for slavery, the proportion of blacks to whites who are being jailed, unequal education, and poverty among blacks This book is than about whites and blacks, it is about what America whites, blacks, and all in b [...]

    5. My notes and quotes Jews, Arabs, Turks, Russians, Finns, Swedes, Czechs, Uzbeks, Macedonians, Estonians, Malayans, Cathayans, Japanese, Sinhalese one and all planetwide have a nurturing access to the fullness of their myriad histories, histories that often seem as old as time African Americans must spiritually survive from the meager basket of a few mean yesterdays No chance for significant group progress there None For we have been largely overwhelmed by a majority culture that wronged us drama [...]

    6. I read chapter 9 for my grad class and here was my reaction to his take on reparations What really struck you in this reading This is a difficult question to answer because every line in the Robinson struck me in some way Especially, his story of the Black man and how the lives if you could call them that of his great great and and great grandfathers strongly impact his potential and standing in today s society It is unbelievable that our government held a conference to discuss the status of the [...]

    7. One of the most important books I ve ever read I can t overstate how much of an influence This book and Mr Robinson s lifework has had on my thinking and writing Here is the argument, laid out in prose so beautiful and literary illustrations so elegant im almost tempted to break my fingers, that was always playing out in my head about the causes for the disparity between the races in the US and elsewhere, but was unable to quite put into words With an economy of them, Robinson makes the case for [...]

    8. Point well made that when any one of us humans suffer, we all suffer Reparations to give back what was stolen is a minimal expectation When a person s ancestral past, culture and blood lineage from where each of get a sense of who we are from where we came, is ripped from them and essentially and actually erased, there is psychic loss of identity When each succeeding generation flows from the economic impoverishment forced upon them by the ruling people, added to the psychological impoverishment [...]

    9. Even though this book was first published 15 years ago, it is still entirely relevant Great read Also an easy read, it s not dense and filled with facts, it s like Iike a story with lovely prose Robinson is often speaking directly to Black people in the book, but I would highly recommended it to White people as well To anyone trying to understand America today Robinson does not focus on Native Americans here but does emphasize that genocide in several places, though it s out of his scope Class [...]

    10. I learned a lot about other countries and how they have dealt with reparations to their citizens due to different kinds of enslavement It is nice when you read a book for one reason and come away with a global understanding of reparations.As black people, after reading this book, I ve come to understand there may never be reparations for us Not until we learn to be a cohesive group of people who are not trying to get over We must leave that crabs in a barrel mentality behind.

    11. I ve always look forward to reading Mr Randall s books The subject of reparations for blacks has always been a controversial one in America Mr Randall s thesis in favor of compensation for the horrors and economic benefits from slavery for its descendants challenges the naysayers of this proposal It s definitely a reference book for the rational and researched advantages of such a proposal which is also well documented and defended.

    12. Read it for my human rights seminar, freshman year at U of M His viewpoint is extreme, but he makes a very compelling point This definitely made me look at a lot of present day realities that I had or less ignored in a new light It made me a lot uncomfortable with and angry about the inequalities that I observed in my daily life.

    13. For a Sociology of African Americans class, we had to do five glorified book reports this was a sixth for extra credit Obviously, I 4.0ed the class, but we had some radical discussions for our troubles.

    14. This books should be a requirement in all high schools and in college as well If everybody read it, there would be love in the world.

    15. this is one of the books that made me militant get this and keep it in your library this will be a classic in a few years.

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