Are reparations necessary or possible
For your research, keep in mind our driving question for the course, “Are reparations necessary or possible?” Throughout this course, our focus is on a domestic level looking at injustices committed against people in the United States. At the same time, we should look at injustices on a global level. There is an ongoing debate on whether England should repay India’s form of reparations. Belgium occupied the National Republic of Congo and committed genocide, killing about ten million Congolese. There are several countries in Africa that are asking for their art and stolen antiquities during European colonization. If you want, you can expand your definition of colonizer beyond a government to some injustices that were created or had the help of corporations. For instance, you can look at Shell oil extraction in the Ogoni region of Nigeria or Chevron in the Yasuni rainforests of Ecuador. In both cases, the Indigenous people have been severely affected.