WASHINGTON D.C. (NEWSWATCH33) – President Barack Obama is expected to sign an Executive Order which would provide African-Americans, what many consider long over due, reparations for descendants of African-American slaves.
Lawmakers in D.C. have been pushing for decades to get reparations for the 400+ years of slavery that African-Americans endured in America. The idea of giving Black reparations begin in 1865 from General William T. Sherman, who helped in composing Special Field Order No. 15, released on January 16, 1865. According to Special Field Order No. 15, which consists of three sections, “The islands from Charleston, south, the abandoned rice fields along the rivers for thirty miles back from the sea, and the country bordering the St. Johns river, Florida, are reserved and set apart for the settlement of the negroes now made free by the acts of war and the proclamation of the President of the United States.
Section two specifies that these new communities, moreover, would be governed entirely by black people themselves: ” � on the islands, and in the settlements hereafter to be established, no white person whatever, unless military officers and soldiers detailed for duty, will be permitted to reside; and the sole and exclusive management of affairs will be left to the freed people themselves � By the laws of war, and orders of the President of the United States, the negro is free and must be dealt with as such.”
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