UN panel calls for US to give reparations to African-Americans for past injustices

Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

A report by a United Nations group recommended the United States should give reparations to African-Americans.

It detailed past and ongoing discrimination African-Americans face in the country.

The report acknowledged positive steps the U.S. has taken but noted there is more more to be done, and it gave recommendations on how the government should move forward.

One of those recommendations was “reparatory justice” to address the past crimes such as slavery and colonization:

There is a profound need to acknowledge that the transatlantic trade in Africans, enslavement, colonization and colonialism were a crime against humanity and are among the major sources and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, Afrophobia, xenophobia and related intolerance. Past injustices and crimes against African Americans need to be addressed with reparatory justice.

Other recommendations include creating monuments to encourage public dialogue, passing legislation to recognize the negative impact of slavery and racism, working quickly to pass pending criminal justice reform bills, holding police accountable for police violence against African-Americans, and reforming schools’ security and discipline policies, just to name a few.

You can read the full report here.