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Horrors of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, US Failure to Apologize

StoryFebruary 12, 1997
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The horrors of the transatlantic slave trade are still being discovered to this day. What is clear, however, is that millions perished and tens of millions more were brutally enslaved. Still, the US government has yet to officially apologize for slavery. Unlike the families of the Nazi holocaust or Japanese families incarcerated in California detention camps during World War II, the descendants of slaves have never received any compensation for more than 200 years of legal slavery.

TAPE: MARTIN LUTHER KING, the slain civil rights leaders in this recording talks about the middle passage and slavery.

TAPE: PROFESSOR MOLEFE KETE ASANTE, a professor of African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia.

TAPE: NKEICHI TAIFA of the Howard University School of Law in Washington DC and a contributor to the book Reparations Yes!

The tape is of her speaking last summer in Atlanta at the 7th Annual NCOBRA Conference — the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America. The speech was recorded by Kai Aiyetoro of WRFG in Atlanta.

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