A law professor at Howard University has petitioned a United Nations tribunal to pay all black Americans $5 million in reparations. The proposal does not require taxpayer approval.
Justin Hansford, a leading authority on critical race theory, addressed the United Nations court in New York City on Friday during the Permanent Forum on African Descent (Daily Mail) report. The forum will last for four days until June 2nd. Proposed by David Commission of Barbados.
Hansford, along with colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University, called for the U.S. government to atone for slavery and Jim Crow laws.
Hansford, a descendant of slaves from Georgia, said compensation for each person should be determined on a case-by-case basis. He said $5 million may be too low for some.
“I come to you today with a novel proposal, that we should think our own thoughts, propose our own vision of justice, and begin to carry out that justice. said Hansford.
Ambassador Linda Thompson Greenfield, head of the U.S. mission to the United Nations, is a black woman. She did not publicly support the court.
Court decisions are not legally binding. Hansford said this is just one way to encourage federal and state governments to address racial inequality.
In the wake of George Floyd’s death in the summer of 2020, compensation task force and compensation committees have been established across the country. This month, California’s task force estimated that reparations for black Americans would cost the state $800 billion, more than double the amount. country budget. The San Francisco Sanctions Reparations Commission recommended all black residents be allocated $5 million. report According to Associated Press.
Howard University scholars have been aggressively advocating reparations for years. Two years ago, Howard University’s Thurgood Marshall Center for Civil Rights gave the city of Evanston, Ill. offered advice.State to Run Reparations, NBC News report.