On October 10th people across the country swarmed the streets to beg for reparations, for the second annual National Day of Pan Handling for Reparations. The brainchild of Artist/Activist Damali Ayo, NDPR started as one of Damali Ayo’s many initiatives to raise consciousness and take action through creative performance. Ayo, the author of the award-winning book How to Rent a Negro, was interviewed here on Blackademics last year – check it out.
Here’s the spiel from her website:
People of all races across the United States will take an hour or two to sit in a range of locations in our communities: outside of businesses, libraries, museums, art galleries, or on busy street corners. We will wear signs reminding passersby of the history of slavery in the United States. We will collect reparations in the form of money from white Americans for the enslavement and free-labor of Africans and African Americans during the establishment and economic rise of this country. This money will be immediately paid out to black passersby. Both parties will be offered a receipt. We will do this to offer a convenient opportunity for American citizens to acknowledge, apologize and compensate the unpaid labor of African Americans, the travesty of slavery, and the rightful due of reparations.
Why panhandling? African Americans have tried several means to recoup reparations for the enslavement of our relatives, with little progress. Panhandling shows the last resort of African Americans after our government has ignored or denied all previous requests for reparations. Panhandling is an immediate means of exacting reparations. We offer ordinary citizens the opportunity to pay the reparations our government has denied us, or to walk past our presence on the street and continue to ignore our collective history. What choice will you make? Check the performance that started it all
I just wanted to re-ignite the debate, for the second annual event. What are our thoughts on this?