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The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks Paperback – January 1, 2001
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"Engaging...important...supports his attempts to reclaim African heitage and empower African-Americans." --The Washington Post
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About the Author
Randall Robinson is the founder and president of TransAfrica, the organization that spearheaded the movement to influence U.S. policies toward international black leadership. He is the author of Defending the Spirit: A Black Life in America, The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks and The Reckoning: What Blacks Owe To Each Other. Frequently featured in major print media, he has appeared on Charlie Rose, Today, Good Morning America, and the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, among others.
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He asks the ultimate question, how can blacks (and any minorities) look at the monuments of the so-called founding fathers with pride?
I fear that this book will be treasured among a too small circle of readers. I find that people are embarrassed by this idea. People who hear of the idea of the debt usually say, Well I don't know if I agree with him.
It is okay to disagree ... because the book is about so much more than reparation. This is excellent writing ... a powerful beautiful stunning work ... literature and history and poetry and music and social provocation.
Robinson might be talking about investing some reparation money in educational opportunity for black people, and this might be controversial, but for me, reading this book is feeling strongly that it is not white people Robinson wants to waken but black people ... white people may be indifferent, oblivious, and evasive ... but black people haven't had a paradigm safe enough to realize their own predicament. This is Robinson's concern ... And his work is wondrous to read. The Debt should be required reading wherever reading is required.
I fear it will be overlooked after the fashion of Amistad and Beloved ... and this would be a shame ... for there's a stirring excellence in this work and it is a privilege to experience it.
I recommend this book to anyone who can read ... and if you know someone who cannot read, this book can be read out loud.