Africana Studies and the Question of Reparations

At the heart of World history is a knot of complications threaded by strands of African Identity, Racist social contracts and the Black quest for Social Justice. Central to social pursuits is building a body of research that clarifies African diasporic social identity–its agency and the contexts that give it meaning. The formation of African identity in the Diaspora (North America) is rooted in the performance of spoken, sung, played, danced, and otherwise worked cultural texts by the 5,000,000+ Africans who endured the Maafa in North America. These texts were cultural survivals either created in Africa, retained through the middle passage or created, in situ, in response to brutal social, political, economic and cultural conditions. The reparatory challenge of Africana Studies scholars is threefold: First, produce scholarship that dismantles (or at least critiques) oppressive systems, institutions and practices. Secondly, produce scholarship that unearths hidden narratives of Black people whose lives evidence oppression and adaptive responses to it.  Third, following Carr, from these unearthed transcripts, we must reconstruct the Black intellectual heritage and extract generative values from it.

So, how do we engage a reparatory/restorative agenda while rebuilding our communities? How can this agenda transform African people, America and the world? This Fall, explore these issues and more in #AAS300, African Ethics & Social Justice: The Case for Reparations.Take a look at the course video, here.

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