Black woman demands reparations for slavery — and self-determination for Black people
Mrs. Sharity Ross-Petit, an attractive African-American woman from Maryland, is the director of what she calls the Motherland Project.
She says she’s working hard to find African-American pioneers who want to reestablish their roots in Africa. This, she hopes, will be the beginning of a large project that will reverse the African scattering. The Center will request grant money from various organizations to fund this project. Generous funding will enable her and her partners to provide “resettlement assistance and benefits to pioneers who desire to relocate in places like South Africa or Western Africa.” The illustration shows Mrs. Ross-Petit in front of Daniel Chester French’s imposing statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
Mrs. Sharity Ross-Petit invites those interested in the Motherland Project to call her at (301) 792-5810.
Reparations for Slavery / Repatriation
Mrs. Ross-Petit’s organization is affiliated with the Center for Perpetual Diversity (CPD). The CPD — a group which began by supporting European nationalists — supports the idea of reparations for slavery. According to the CPD Web site, “Millions of Africans were wrongfully taken from their homes in Africa to be enslaved in America. It is our moral obligation to return the descendants of these people, regardless of the cost. If we fail to do so, the cost will be far greater. Simply giving money is not really social justice and will do nothing to stop racism. True reparations for slavery involves correcting the wrong which was done… One of the Center’s goals is to restart a program which was active for several decades prior to the 1860s. This will hopefully be the beginning of a large project which will reverse the African Diaspora similar to the way it was described in the epic novel, White Flight by J. F. Schneider.”
A brief history of African-American repatriation efforts
The CPD writes:
The American Colonization Society (ACS) was formed in 1817. It bought land in what is today Liberia. In 1835, unarmed American settlers in Liberia were massacred by native African warlords who were upset by disruption of the slave trade which was very profitable for them. But this did not deter the settlers. In 1847, the colony became an independent nation.
The ACS tried to persuade the United States Congress to fund its programs but was never successful. It did manage to get some money from several states. In 1850, Virginia set aside $30,000 per year to help the ACS repatriation effort. During the 1850’s, the ACS also received thousands of dollars from Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. By 1867, the ACS had returned more than 13,000 former slaves to Africa. Unfortunately, after the Civil War, when many Blacks were anxious to go home, whites had lost interest in the project. A few million dollars wisely spent at that time would have solved all of our racial problems and made our contribution to world diversity more secure.
Marcus Garvey achieved the most successful attempt at Black independence by a Black leader. Around 1920, Garvey tried to organize such an effort. He established the Universal Negro Improvement Association which was the largest Black political organization at the time with chapters in South America, Africa, the Caribbean and even Europe. He started a passenger ship company called the Black Star Line for the purpose of returning Blacks to their homeland in Africa. Unfortunately America’s leaders at that time were just as stupid as they are today. Most white Americans opposed Garvey and his visionary ideas; eventually he was deported.