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Title:Africans on Reparations: An Analysis of Elite and Activist Opinion
Authors:Lombardo, Anthony P.ISNI
Howard-Hassmann, Rhoda E.ISNI
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Africa
History and Exploration
Ethnic and Race Relations
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/25067497
Abstract:Based on interviews held in 2002-2003 with 57 African human rights activists, academics and ambassadors from 22 African countries, the authors investigate the context, meaning and desired structure of African reparations, from the African point of view. They define 'reparations' as all actions that might compensate for past and contemporary mistreatment of Africa - e.g. the slave trade, colonialism, neocolonialism, and globalization -, and that might restore a sense of equality between Africa and the Western world. The authors focus on the question 'What kinds of reparations, if any, do Africans want, and why?' They discuss the structure of reparations, focusing especially on demands for acknowledgement, apology and financial compensation, also considering the question of who should be the recipients of financial compensation, if any. Most respondents state that those responsible for harming Africa, both in the past and the present, must fix their mistakes in real, pragmatic ways. They have assumed a rehabilitative, collective approach, emphasizing the importance of civil society involvement. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French. [ASC Leiden abstract]