On This Stormy MLK Day, There’s No Better Time to Call for Reparatory Justice!

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Photo Credit: Rodney Ladson

By Nkechi Taifa, Esq.

The terror Blacks feel is in our bones. For me, it began when white storm clouds of terror hung over the home of Mose Wright late one August night in 1955, when white, armed terrorists demanded his great-nephew, 14-year-old Emmett Till, be handed over to them. I was scarcely eight months old. …

By Nkechi Taifa, Esq.

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WASHINGTON — I am at Ground Zero. My law degree cannot protect me. My fancy address cannot protect me. My radio appearances and Zoom book tour cannot protect me. I check with, and for, my daughter against this madness as we all should the way the Black Power Movement taught me.

On the 24-hour cable television there are many references to how the situation is comparable to the burning down of the White House during the War of 1812. …

WASHINGTON — At the COVID-shrunken Thanksgiving table with many of us Thursday is the ever-present historic tension about how best to reconcile the genocide of Indigenous nations and the enslavement of Black folk, with the largess that whites accumulated and enjoy from the double genocide of two peoples.

Genocidal conditions have been with Blacks and Indigenous people now officially for 400 years, as this country this month celebrated the landing of the Pilgrims on Plymouth Rock. (Was is not the comedian George Carlin who said something about American double-standards?)

The difference now, as this society approaches this holiday trying to ignore the recently-televised reality of thousands in America needing to go to food pantries, is that the 2020 Presidential campaign made the once-ridiculed idea of reparations serious and visible, and part of mainstream discussion for the first time. Thanks to newcomers Ta-Nehisi Coates, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and a myriad of Democratic presidential candidates, the issue has unequivocally moved from the Black Power shadows into polite, white liberal conversation. And not to be overlooked are the valuable roles being played by the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and other non-Black-led groups. …

As She Muses About Alicia Garza’s The Purpose of Power

by Nkechi Taifa

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Time can be both friend and enemy, although it teaches us so much in either identity. I was in my first year of evening law school when Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, was born. Ronald Reagan was president and I was working fulltime during the day for an anti-apartheid organization under the tutelage of Dr. Jean Sindab, a badass, brilliant Black woman — one of those activists that this age has forgotten. She was the director of the Washington Office on Africa, a church- and union-based organization that advocated for a progressive U.S. …

March 25, 2017

Justice Roundtable Convener Nkechi Taifa congratulates Vanita Gupta on appointment as CEO & President of the Leadership Conference

As founder and convener of the Justice Roundtable, I am thrilled with the announcement of Vanita Gupta as President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Leadership Conference Education Fund. I smile when I think of Vanita as a new young lawyer at the very first meeting of the Justice Roundtable coalition in October 2002. …


Nkechi Taifa

Movement Attorney, Author of BlackPowerBlackLawyer.com; TheTaifaGroup.com; NkechiTaifa.org; @Nkechi_Taifa; Convener of JusticeRoundtable.org; @justiceroundtab

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