“For my Reparations Challenge, I throw a party called ResisDance! featuring local DJs and producers. Nearly all genres of dance music were invented by African people, namely techno which was developed by working class Africans as a form of musical resistance to their colonial oppression and poverty in the so-called inner cities of Detroit. Like all fruits of African genius, these forms of music have been co-opted and exploited by white society for our benefit. We live in a social system where we white people have lived off the backs of African people for centuries and continue to live at their expense, off their stolen lives, labor, and resources. So it is essential for me as a member of Uhuru Solidarity Movement and standing in solidarity with Black Power and African Liberation, to raise reparations in my own white-dominated dance community! I use ResisDance as a platform to bring people together through music to then politically educate the white people about reparations and Uhuru Solidarity as the solution to overturn our brutal, bloody relationship to African people and the rest of humanity.”
— KC, Boston
“As white people, every poem that we write, sits on the pedestal of the murder of African people. The only real way for white poets to express human poetry and music and art is through reparations to African and indigenous people. The only true expression is solidarity. Not by promoting ourselves as individual poets, but by turning over our resources to the African Liberation Movement, so they can reclaim their lives, their resources, their poetry, and their art, in their own hands to express their culture. And that’s what a true poet is.”
— Johann, St. Petersburg
” My Reparations Challenge project is to make a comic zine about African Internationalism, the political theory of the African working-class. As an artist/illustrator I want to use my skills to forward the African revolution, to use my skills for the collective and not just myself as an individual artist. The Uhuru Solidarity Movement is engaged in the “war of ideas” to win white people to the principled stance of reparations and supporting Black Power. I like the challenge of taking what I’ve learned from the Uhuru Movement and creating visuals for it, to make it into one story line that people can follow easily. The main character in my story is a depressed white girl who finds a pair of glasses in the Burning Spear Newspaper and learns to see the world through the eyes of working-class colonized people, finds her purpose in life and organizes with the black revolution to overturn capitalism and white power.
Set to be published in late summer 2017.”
— Halley (Comet Crowbar), Boston
“My name’s Starr and for my Reparations Challenge I’m giving surfing lessons. Every penny goes to the programs of the African People’s Socialist Party, via Uhuru Solidarity Movement, which I’m apart of, which is white people raising resources to re-pay the debt we owe for colonization, slavery, mass incarceration, police brutality.
So I can teach you to surf! I’ve got 2 different kinds of foam boards you can learn on. I’m a certified life guard so you’re in good hands. Let me know if you’re interested in surfing or if you can just donate to my fundraiser. I’m hoping to raise $300 to give straight to African and indigenous self-determination. So come surfing with me, the water is gorgeous. I’ve helped several people learn to surf, and I’d love to help you too. Uhuru!”
— Starr, St. Petersburg
“My RepChall will center around selling artwork to be sold online and at local outreach tables in Miami. The history of art has been altered in the process of colonialism. Only select African and indigenous artists are know, while the majority of ”famous” painters are European.Simultaneously European colonizers have looted African art, which is now locked in European museums, valued at millions of dollars; or here in America countless indigenous relics stuck behind plexiglass. While both communities continue to suffer suffer under the same colonial system. As an artist, I want to use this opportunity of solidarity in my reparations challenge to go against the individualistic, parasitic art agenda encouraged by the ruling class. The prints I make will honor revolutionary leaders that have influenced the struggle for liberation, and the money raised goes directly towards reparations.”
— Kefira, Miami