Genocide Recognition, Reparations, and Reconciliation Act
In 2010, the Humane Party undertook the creation of what would become known as the “Genocide Recognition, Reparations, and Reconciliation Act,” the basic terms of which appear in Section 15 of the Humane Party platform. This GRRR provision reads:
We have RESOLVED that appropriate legislation be enacted and appropriate governmental action taken so as to. . . recognize, through passing of the Genocide Recognition, Reparations, and Reconciliation Act, (i) the European invasion of the land masses now under U.S. jurisdiction as comprising a series of unprovoked acts of war and genocide; and (ii) the transatlantic human slave trade and the institution of human slavery itself as comprising a series of unprovoked acts of war and genocide; such legislation and action including but not limited to:
- removing the names and likenesses of chief perpetrators and enablers of these wrongs from all places of honor, such places including but not limited to U.S. currency and landmarks; and
- establishing, on behalf of the true and rightful descendants of victims of these wrongs, an agency tasked with designing and implementing a comprehensive system for achieving restorative justice and remedying, to the extent possible, these wrongs; wherein:
- the remedies so provided shall be provided exclusively by the U.S. federal government and preempt all other remedies within the U.S.; and
- the U.S. federal government shall subrogate to all claims adjudicated pursuant to this section and be empowered to seek contribution from those nations who participated in or profited from these wrongs.
At the time (and perhaps still today), no other political party had anything resembling such a position. Many people did not even understand the reasoning behind the GRRR. Others regarded this resolution to be utterly trivial, if not frivolous or irrelevant, recommending that the Humane Party focus on “important” things instead. Still others regarded the GRRR as an “extremist” or “revisionist” or “radical” attack on history, or culture, or government.
However, in recent years, and particularly in recent days as a result of massive protests, certain parts of Section 15 have come to dominate news headlines around the world. The Humane Herald will, over the coming weeks, run a series of articles providing some background of the “Genocide Recognition, Reparations, and Reconciliation Act” and how the current international embrace of at least some of its terms may help bring about lasting change.