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August 2008

Monday, August 04, 2008

Obama Opposes Slavery Reparations

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama opposes offering reparations to the descendants of slaves, putting him at odds with some black groups and leaders.

The man with a serious chance to become the nation's first black president argues that government should instead combat the legacy of slavery by improving schools, health care and the economy for all.

"I have said in the past _ and I'll repeat again _ that the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed," the Illinois Democrat said recently.

Some two dozen members of Congress are co-sponsors of legislation to create a commission that would study reparations _ that is, payments and programs to make up for the damage done by slavery.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People supports the legislation, too. Cities around the country, including Obama's home of Chicago, have endorsed the idea, and so has a major union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Obama has worked to be seen as someone who will bring people together, not divide them into various interest groups with checklists of demands. Supporting reparations could undermine that image and make him appear to be pandering to black voters.

"Let's not be naive. Sen. Obama is running for president of the United States, and so he is in a constant battle to save his political life," said Kibibi Tyehimba, co-chair of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America. "In light of the demographics of this country, I don't think it's realistic to expect him to do anything other than what he's done."

But this is not a position Obama adopted just for the presidential campaign. He voiced the same concerns about reparations during his successful run for the Senate in 2004.

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Source: Huffington Post

Posted by Staff on 8/04/08 at 2:24 am EST

OBITUARY: Archivist and Historian Walter B. Hill, Jr.


On Tuesday, July 29, 2008. Dr. Walter B. Hill, Jr. of Mitchellvile, MD, departed this life. Devoted husband, father, friend, mentor, historian and teacher. Born on May 22, 1949, he was the Senior Achivist and Subject Area Specialist for African-American History at the National Archives and Records Administration. He was employed at the Archives since 1978. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years Irene; son, Matthew; daughter, Alexis; sisters, Dorothy Johnson, Bobbie Watts and Marie Love and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation on August 4, 2008 at 10 a.m. service to begin at 11 a.m. at Largo Community Church, 1701 Enterprise Rd., Mitchellville, MD. Contributions may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. Arrangements J.B. JENKINS FUNERAL HOME.

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Source: Washington Post Obituaries

Posted by Staff on 8/04/08 at 12:02 am EST

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