From Here to Equality

Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.9 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Racism and discrimination have choked economic opportunity for African Americans at nearly every turn. At several historic moments, the trajectory of racial inequality could have been altered dramatically. Perhaps no moment was more opportune than the early days of Reconstruction, when the US government temporarily implemented a major redistribution of land from former slaveholders to the newly emancipated enslaved. 

But neither Reconstruction nor the New Deal nor the civil rights struggle led to an economically just and fair nation. Today, systematic inequality persists in the form of housing discrimination, unequal education, police brutality, mass incarceration, employment discrimination, and massive wealth and opportunity gaps. Economic data indicates that for every dollar the average white household holds in wealth the average black household possesses a mere 10 cents.

In From Here to Equality, William Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen confront these injustices head-on and make the most comprehensive case to date for economic reparations for US descendants of slavery. Taken individually, any one of the three eras of injustice outlined by Darity and Mullen - slavery, Jim Crow, and modern-day discrimination - makes a powerful case for black reparations. Taken collectively, they are impossible to ignore.

©2020 William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen (P)2020 Tantor

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A Must Read for Every American

Most people (including black folk) have no idea that they were never taught incredible amounts of VITAL Black history and the straight line drawn from it to the condition of black America today. This book provides historical context around reparations, ways to determine who qualifies for it, methods to determine the cost, and answers to common pushback questions often spouted by the opposers of ADOS reparations. "From Here to Equality" is a must-read.

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REPAIR NOW FOR ADOS

this book is extremely detailed and gives an understanding of "what" and "why" reparations is for American Descendants of Slavery (*institution) is a necessity.

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Must Read for Reparation Advocates

By far one of the best books I have ever read. I am very passionate about learning Black history and reparations advocacy. This book was perfect for me and I learned a deal more about my people and justice claim to reparations. Special thanks to Sandy Darity and A. Kirsten Mullen #ADOS #PureReparations ADOS101

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A must read book

book of the decade. it centers us in this moment. we can and will get equality

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Time is of the essence: Reparations.

A must read especially for all Americans. Extremely well done. The whole truth finally revealed.

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We owe it to our ancestors!

A must read for black Americans and the entire American body politic. This needs to be a required text at university and congress for its unflinching account of the crimes of enslavement, neo slavery, Jim Crowism and mass incarceration upon black American descendants of slaves for which reparations is a just and unarguable measure of redress.

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The simple eloquence of facts

Essayist and children’s book author E.B. White referred to “the simple eloquence of facts” as one key to good writing. “From Here to Equality” abounds in factual historical storytelling. Between the facts and the narrator’s style, the tone does not preach or sound aggrieved. It’s engaging and timely. Highly recommended.

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An essential read for reparationists

If you're an African-American or a reparationist ally this book is essential in making the case for reparations.

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Very informative

Narration was great. There is a lot of information here. I'll have to go back and re-read/re-listen to many passages. I was really surprised when he described the recent connections today's African-Americans have to slavery. We have always been told "that was so long ago...".

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A MUST READ(listen)!! #IAmAReparationist

Great narration. Enjoyable narrator voice. Excellent content. REQUIRED Reparationist Reading. #ADOS #FBA Do yourself a favor and listen. There's so much info in here, you may also want to get the book for future reference and refresh. Interesting tidbit: Atty. Johnny Cockren and other notables are listed in the index because of their reparations work.