CNN – Suit seeks billions in slave reparations

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Attorneys for a former law student, who discovered evidence linking U.S. corporations to the slave trade, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday that could seek billions of dollars in reparations for the descendants of slaves in America. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Brooklyn names FleetBoston Financial, the railroad firm CSX and …

CHICAGO TRIBUNE – Paying Back the Slavery Debt

When Alderman Dorothy Tillman proposed an ordinance to begin hearings on reparations for the descendents of enslaved Africans, critics dismissed it as just another eccentric gesture by the voluble city legislator. But this was no random gesture. Tillman's ordinance was the product of serious research and resembles similar measures that have passed in the cities …

LA TIMES – Aetna Apologizes for Slave Insurance

Aetna Inc., the nation’s largest health insurer, apologized for selling policies in the 1850s that reimbursed slave owners for financial losses when those they enslaved died. “Aetna has long acknowledged that for several years shortly after its founding in 1853 that the company may have insured the lives of slaves,” Aetna spokesman Fred Laberge said …