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The Motherland Project

Published by on April 14, 2010

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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.

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  1. Jammu Africa on August 27th, 2010 11:12 am

    Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    We are African Americans seeking repatriation to our ancestral homeland in West Africa which is outlined on our web site, http://www.thenewunitedrepublic.com. We are looking for partnership with African Americans who also seek to repatriate to West Africa. Please understand that with the beauty of repatriation, we cannot follow the practices of Muslims, Christians or Jews or so-called Black Hebrew Israelites. We have a teleconference every Saturday from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., at 3:30 p.m. we take questions. We love for our people what we love for ourselves, and as such we look for intelligent dialogue concerning religion, and historical truths that have been hidden from the masses of people both Black and White. We are not Militant and nor do we hate America, for as you can see our Leader is a combat decorated Marine veteran who loves America, however we seek what was taken from us of worth, Our Land! President Lincoln wanted as a part of his Emancipation Proclamation, repatriation of African Americans willing to leave America for their original place of Domicile.
    Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator a Historical Perspective

    “On August 14, 1862, Lincoln met with five free black ministers, the first time a delegation of their race was invited to the White House on a matter of public policy. The President made no effort to engage in conversation with the visitors, who were bluntly informed that they had been invited to listen. Lincoln did not mince words, but candidly told the group: 61

    You and we are different races. We have between us a broader difference than exists between almost any other two races. Whether it is right or wrong I need not discuss, but this physical difference is a great disadvantage to us both, as I think your race suffers very greatly, many of them, by living among us, while ours suffers from your presence. In a word, we suffer on each side. If this is admitted, it affords a reason at least why we should be separated.

    Historians recorded that, “Lincoln re-affirmed his strong support for gradual emancipation coupled with resettlement in his second annual message to Congress of December 1, 1862. On this occasion he used the word deportation. So serious was he about his plan that he proposed a draft Constitutional Amendment to give it the greatest legal sanction possible. Lincoln told Congress: 99 I cannot make it better known than it already is that I strongly favor colonization”.

    On September 18 during a debate at Charleston, Illinois before a crowd of 15,000, Lincoln declared: 18” I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races; I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people. Lincoln continued: “I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.” “What I would most desire would be the separation of the white and black races.”

    — Spoken at Springfield, Illinois on July 17th, 1858; from ABRAHAM LINCOLN: COMPLETE WORKS, 1894, Vol. 1, page 273

    We believe that President Lincoln was not a racist, nor a bigot. President Lincoln was a realist, a man of great foresight and integrity with a vision that we share, Repatriation and Restoration of African Americans willing to resettle their ancestral homeland in West Africa, called The New United Republic. We are asking for the support of every American citizen to bring about this blessing for America!

    Disclaimer: The New United Republic (NUR) is an African-American organization that wishes to repatriate back to our ancestral Homeland in West Africa. We are not a cult, nor are we Christians, Muslims, Black Hebrew Israelites or Black Jews. We are patriotic Americans who love America and our fellow Americans of all ethnicity. However, we long to return to our ancestral place of Domicile in the land of our forefathers. We desire for ourselves what other Liberty loving people have; a democratic nation-state. We follow the Law of the Torah (No Talmud or Mishnah) as ordered in the Qur’an, and the Qur’an (No Hadiths, No Islam or No Sharia). We follow the Religion of Noah called Haniifaa (The Upright One), Al-Hanifiyyah (The Upright Way) as ordered in the Qur’an.

    Please contact us, we are willing to address any group which has as it’s central theme Repatriation of African Americans. We have relocated from our headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, to the Washington, DC Metro area to get the message out about this movement. We recently spoke at a gathering of the Moorish Science Community in Washington, DC, although we do not agree with their position on religion, we believe that it is of critical importance to engage each other in debate and conversation.

    Respectfully Submitted
    Minister of Communications

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