17 Apr 2015
An international summit on reparations for the Trans-Atlantic slave trade took place in New York last week. Participants demanded that European and American governments compensate the descendants of African people for slavery, forced free labor, and systemic racism and discrimination within the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa. The New York summit was historic in that 15 Caribbean countries that comprise CARICOM (the Caribbean Community) are finalizing how to extract reparations from European colonial powers. The conference also launched the National African-American Reparations Commission to raise public awareness on the issue in the U.S.
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Editor's Note: Learn more about the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in this TED-Ed video.