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Conference on racism in Durban, South Africa: … It seemed like a good idea at the time. Where did you read/hear about it? (via Guardian weblog entry for Aug. 2)

Initially, black people from Africa, Jamaica, the United States and so on thought the Durban conference was going to be all about them. Finally, the world was going to have to sit up and pay attention to the age-old trauma of being black.

… Africa and the African diaspora banged on about slavery and reparations, and the Western nations that were basically bankrolling the whole thing threatened to withdraw unless the issue of reparations was firmly excluded. Besides, they said, how can you talk about slavery when slavery is basically alive and kicking all over Africa, long after we’ve packed up and left you guys alone?

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