Stubborn as a Mule Documentary Makes a Case For Reparations

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“Stubborn As A Mule” is an internationally award winning documentary that has been ten years in the making about reparations produced and directed by Arcelious Daniels.  Miller Bargeron Jr. and Albert A. George Jr. also helped create the film.

The documentary explores the historical, philosophical, physical, psychological, economic, and legal issues of slavery that support the case for reparations.

The film also uses interviews with academics and intellectuals to examine the truth about slavery and its effects and also expose the resistant attitudes of Americans towards the idea of reparations.

The film includes information from Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Robert St. Martin Westley, Dr. Preston T. King, Dr. Charles Elmore, and Dr. Na’im Akbar.

It also discusses H.R. 40, a bill that US Congressman John Conyers has been introducing since 1989 that seeks to acknowledge the “fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865.”  The bill seeks to have slavery and the racial and economic discrimination that comes from it’s legacy examined so recommendations can be made to Congress about “appropriate remedies.”

The film has won multiple international awards including Best Diaspora Documentary for the 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards in Nigeria, Best International Film at the 2010 Music Video Screen Awards in the United Kingdom, Best Film on Matters Relating to the Black Experience/Marginalized People at the 2011 Black International Cinema Awards in Germany, athe Award of Merit at the 2010 Accolade Competition in LaJolla, CA, and the Director’s Choice Award at the 2010 Portland African-American Film Festival in Portland, Oregon.

For a deeper look at the African American experience in America and to understand why reparations are a necessary component of acknowledging the atrocities of slavery and inequality, check out the full documentary below:


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  1. Where can we purchase this item?.This sounds like something we all need in our libraries

  2. Forty Acres and a College Degree…….

    The debate for reparations is coming back around. And as usual it will die a horrible death before it even makes it to your dining room table. When you look at the facts how would it even be calculated? Who would get it? Who would it piss off for us getting it (not a real concern).

    My take is to have a real discussion about what would be owed and how to get reimbursed for:
    1. 250 years of slavery
    2. 90 years of Jim Crow
    3. 60 years of separate but equal
    4. 35 years of state-sanctioned redlining

    One can make a real case that until we as a country deal with the compounding moral debts of our ancestors, America will never be whole. (All from the this months issue of The Atlantic).

    I feel instead of giving money, that five generations of black families removed from slavery should be the standard, the government should allow them to attend college for free. That would empower parents to have a conversation around the dinner table that is missing from many homes in the “hood” (A state of mind not a physical place). A sense of purpose and kids wanting to do well at the lower levels of their educational cycle, because they would have something to look forward to. It would allow many black males the opportunity to hope and dream of something more than a career in the entertainment arts or sports. However, if it is the arts they can learn about the business side of the industry in a college class room. It will allow young black women the opportunity to focus on life after school and not be caught up in the peer pressure placed on them by young black males. “How can I go to college if I have a child” would be the conversation.

    I am not sure if this is the answer but I definitely think it is a start to a real conversation about reparations and it also places the onus on “Us!” I would impose a timeline of “6 years to complete 4”. If an individual chose not to go that would be on them as well as completing with a degree. It will not eliminate the racism, the exclusion from the boardroom or the ignorance but it will educate many of our young people and with that degree they will expect and demand more of themselves. We all know we want to accomplish remarkable things when we are young but that fades when the reality of a limited education sets in. I am not suggesting that nothing can be accomplished without a formal degree (considering I do not have one and I think I have done okay) but I am saying the game is fixed to begin excluding those of us who do not have one and are not interested in continuing our education by reading books, attending seminars, listening to speakers and overall thirsting for knowledge.

    Again what I am fantasizing about with the new discussion about reparations may not perfect, but I definitely think it would be a good start. Any thoughts?

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  4. On the anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riot I would like to make a modest proposal for those who are loath to call it reparations, let’s call it: #The Descendants of Slaves Educational Emancipation Act.

    Under this act all descendants of American slaves would be entitled to scholarships for under graduate and post graduate studies at any institution of higher learning that receives federal funds. All African American student loan debt would be forgiven. Scholarships would provide for tuition, fees, and books. This act and it’s provisions would operate similar to GI Bill ,which offers scholarships to dependents of American Disabled Veterans.


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