After the short-lived Reconstruction era, government sanctioned racial violence and systemic anti-Black policies prevented the Freedmen's Bureau and the Freedmen's Savings and Trust Company in
aiding the newly emancipated American slaves from fully enjoying all of the rights and privileges granted by the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution.
U.S. FREEDMEN TODAY
- Approximately 13% of the U.S. population.
- Own less than 3% of the nation's total wealth.
- Black Homeownership at 1968 levels
- Unemployed at approximately 2X the rate of white workers
- 40% of homelessness population
- Infant mortality rate is more 2x;
- New mothers die at 3-4x rate of white mothers
- Blacks are 15% of NY State Pop, 43% Incarcerated (vera.org)
- Graduate college with 15% more debt than their white counterparts
PUSH FOR RESTITUTION
"No amount of gold could provide an adequate compensation for the exploitation and humiliation of the Negro in America down through the centuries... Yet a price can be placed on unpaid wages. The ancient common law has always provided a remedy for the appropriation of the labor of one human being by another..... I am proposing, therefore, that, just as we granted a Gl Bill of Rights to war veterans, America launch a broad-based and gigantic Bill of Rights for the Disadvantaged, our veterans of the long siege of denial" Why We Can't Wait - Martin Luther King, Jr, 1963
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