Systematic Land Theft
Systematic Land Theft is a well-documented outline of U.S. history regarding Black and Indigenous land theft. Land Theft compresses 300 years of archives into 1200 footnotes, 12 chapters, and countless literary accounts told by Black farmers, civil rights leaders, and pioneers in the agricultural movement.
This is a heart-wrenching chronicle of how Blacks went from owning upwards of 16 to 20 million acres to the current estimate of 4.5 million acres. Jillian Hishaw thoroughly explains why over 97% of U.S. land is owned by White Americans and less than 3% is owned by people of color. The strategic immigration of Europeans and the adoption of English common law led to the murderous dispossession of tribal land as well. U.S. property laws have tactically benefitted Whites by allowing them to acquire stolen land and using it as collateral to secure their economic position for centuries. As Blacks continue to lose 30,000 acres per year in land ownership the need for legal and economic resolutions is immediate.
The reader will learn:
- The history of how Whites have leveraged stolen land to become economically superior over other races.
- The history of the five civilized tribes as it relates to slavery and the positive impact the 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling of McGirt v. Oklahoma will have on tribal nations reclaiming their land.
- Why Whites presently own over 95 percent of U.S. farmland.
- How the adoption of English law changed how the land was utilized and created an ownership mentality.
- The stark economic disparities of Blacks and tribal nations compared to Whites.
- Why Black farmers currently lose 30,000 acres of land ownership lost per year.
- Current organization’s efforts to combat Black and indigenous land loss.
- Legal and policy recommendations to disburse land reparations.