Reparations was discussed at the Revolt Summit in Atlanta, GA in September 2022. What I have seen from the panel, hosted by Van Lathan, has been engaging!
I can’t wait for Revolt TV to release the FULL Panel on Reparations with Killer Mike, Tezln Figaro, Rizza Islam and Tariq Nasheed. These clips are not enough!
One thing about Tariq is he's gonna call out the hustle.
We don't JUST want land. We want our cash to secure our independence. pic.twitter.com/XNVOSZh5on
— Mr. Butterworth (@MrButterworth8) September 29, 2022
When the FULL clip is dropped I’ll add it here —
Love the Legal angle too: the breakdown from Kamilah Moore, that reparations according to International law, is 5 parts. Compensation is just one of them.
The other day, a video went viral about how a building on the Grounds that Alabama University sits on. It was Stolen from black people; similar to how Bruces Beach was stolen from black people out in Cali. I’m so familiar with that story.
On my Mother’s side, the land that Clemson University sits on, Belonged to MY Family. They (white folks) stole that from us too. Folks love to argue with black people that, none of us alive today were slaves; as if this claim for reparations is ‘just’ about slavery. It Includes all the LAND we lost; after slavery. All of the wages, the income, the economic advantages taken away from GENERATIONS of black people …
PNB would be alive today if America had done right by black people but we not ready to have that conversation.
A father and son wouldn’t feel the need to go ROB a dude of his chains, if they could afford chains of their own; in fact, IF we had the money we were supposed to have already, PNB wouldn’t be flauntin Chains; prolly wouldn’t even want Chains … that money would’ve been in Crypto ….
The family that threw their lives away would be on a vacation instead of where they were at; cause yea, the RESULTS of what America has done, to black people, has a lot of black people making poor decisions and bad choices – the ‘butterfly effect’ isn’t just a movie; it’s a scientific theory, that has been proven.
ONE small change, would have rippled through time and put us all in a much better place…..
- Smart Guy Discusses White Society’s Impact on Black Minds
- History of Government Involvement In L.A. Gangs (Bloods & Crips)
A few more clips on Reparations panel from the Revolt Summit – (via twitter)
— Pharaoh Jones (@PharaohJones3) September 26, 2022
There was also unfortunately, some ‘drama’. To me, it looks like cointelpro energy which, as black people, we always need to be aware of. Some independent groups around the nation held what they called ‘pull ups’ – and got upset that Tariq did not shout them out while they were doing as much. This turned out to be untrue, as both Tariq and Tezln showed those organizers love. But also, everyone cannot be everywhere, at the same time. I felt the attacks on him, were to create ‘division’ in a Reparations movement that has seen a ton of infighting over the last few years.
Notice how @tariqnasheed & I showed love to the grassroot organizers on Revolt BEFORE all of these spaces this week smh this was recorded on MONDAY (aired today) We did the same thing on Sun at the Summit! This is why I train ppl on how to build bridges not roadblocks #Receipts pic.twitter.com/ctLb0RNItu
— Tezlyn Figaro (@TezlynFigaro) September 30, 2022
More from this ‘sit down’, that followed the panel – with Tariq Nasheed and Tezln Fiago – as she speaks about the role Celebrities can play in this. Shout outs to Diddy, Killer Mike and others, for allowing these messages on their platforms, to reach more people.
As Tezln points out, the best thing they can do is make space for others to speak. One thing Kanye West proved when he ventured into the political space, is he wasn’t ready for it. Celebrities are often made to believe they can push anything. Not all of them are called for everything. Everyone, has a role to play.
Everybody has a role
Shout out to the Revolt FAMILY for allowing me to the opportunity to ensure my message wasn’t lost among the chaos at the Summit. It’s the having the last word beyond social media for me. #PushTheLine pic.twitter.com/iUauYrfasu
— Tezlyn Figaro (@TezlynFigaro) September 30, 2022
*Update – from December 7th, 2022 – The entire panel from this Revolt Summit weekend in Atlanta for 2022 has been released. Watch the entire discussion on Reparations now!
At times, Killer Mike continues to sound like he’s more interested in doing what has been proven not to work. He even brings up N-Cobra and Dr. Claude Anderson, who often actually do not agree entirely on these topics. N Cobra is more on the pan Africanist side, that dilutes what is owed to descendants of American slavery & Jim Crow. However, I Do agree with his ultimate point, that black people do not need to advertise everything they are planning. Even if everyone does not ‘entirely agree’, that is ok. These discussions need to continue – and black people must keep pushing for what is owed. The quote from Robert Smith, mentioned by Killer Mike – I like. 2% of profits from American corporations going to black people makes a ton of sense. Meanwhile, the California Reparations Task Force is currently continuing to make progress in their efforts.