“The wounds inflicted by the legacy of slavery linger heavily in this nation.”
United States Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
CHICAGO, November 17, 2021 / PRNewswire / – When wounds are caused by generations of racism, it takes a group like the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) to do the necessary deep cleanup. Since 1987, N’COBRA has been the main mass coalition dedicated to securing reparations for the descendants of Africans in America. Most recently, their work has been recognized by the MacArthur Foundation for their pioneering efforts.
“You have to accept that systemic racism is the reason ill health has existed for generations for people of African descent.”
Congressman Sheila jackson lee is the House of Representatives’ main sponsor for HR 40, legislation that would put reparations on the agenda of the entire House of Representatives for the first time since its introduction in 1989. The congressman is a supporter of long standing repairs.
Now N’COBRA is releasing its 2021 report âThe damage is done to our genes: transgenerational epigenetic inheritance and systemic racism in Americaâ. The research team was led by Dr. Joan kaufman from the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Citing current scientific research, the seven-section report convincingly documents the continuing impact of historical trauma, starting with the ‘transatlantic slave trade’, and includes racial segregation, mass incarceration, police brutality and economic exploitation. These and other damages reveal that “ancestral adversities can negatively impact descendants over generations through epigenetic (chemical) changes in DNA.”
Yes, the trauma that has happened to past generations can and is reflected by the present generation. The same can be expected for future generations if the report’s recommendations are not adopted. “Our report emphatically attests that if the black community is ever to heal from the consequences of systemic racism, in addition to established medical protocols, we must not hesitate, but include Africa-centered health and wellness modalities. “, Explain Lisa Davis, co-president of the N’COBRA Health Commission.
“These findings require that every conversation about health inequalities and health issues facing black Americans include historical trauma and its effects,” says Kamm howard, national co-president of N’COBRA.
A United Nations report released earlier this year concluded: âRacism is ingrained in the structures of our society. While police brutality, the wealth gap and other issues grab the headlines, health disparities are often overlooked. And, when these disparities are generational, it is even more difficult to determine why and who is at fault. âYou have to accept that systemic racism is the reason ill health has existed for generations for people of African descent,â he adds.
Howard details and discusses the importance of the report, noting that: 1) the historical trauma is not over; 2) Historical trauma is group trauma; 3) The historical trauma is multigenerational; 4) The health challenges of future generations are guaranteed; and 5) HR 40 must be successful. The report also includes several important policy recommendations that will bring relief to black Americans, including: eliminating structural racism and decolonizing health disparities, building black wealth, fixing the criminal justice system, accelerating law reform. police and strengthen voting rights legislation. “People of African descent demand immediate redress and enforcement of all their human rights and equal status within United States, says Dr. Onaje Muid, co-chairman of the N’COBRA Health Commission.
Howard concludes, âThese results make our request for repairs even more urgent. Resources must be targeted to deal with the multitude of damages in addition to the health issues detailed in this report. HR 40 must pass! HR 40 was voted out of committee by the House of Representatives last April. There are currently 200 members in favor of the passage; 218 votes are needed.
It’s hard to understand why it took more than 30 years for the US Congress to maintain a conversation about reparations. “The report of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance and systemic racism in America, provides us with a singular, significant, historical and scientific presentation of the prolonged devastation of the impacts of slavery on the descendants of African slaves and throughout America. Over the years, we have witnessed the impacts of systemic racism, âsaid congresswoman Jackson lee. “This report now details how systemic racism has spanned centuries and across African American communities. The correct response to this report is that Congress passes HR 40, the Commission to Study Slavery and Develop Proposals for reparations. HR 40 will provide a studied analysis and response for the best way forward to heal America and end forever the stigma of systemic racism and its various social, political, economic and environmental impacts, as detailed in this report. . Now is the right time in American history to pass HR 40 and establish this important Commission! “
For more information on N’COBRA, visit www.NCOBRAonline.org.
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