slavery reparations through the "claim of lien" in property records. A Defense League representative revealed to the Observer that the group
is filing an official lawsuit in court today (Feb. 25) for the action. According to The New York Observer, Barclays, Ratner and Jay-Z are connected in the case through their ties to a $4 billion dollar Atlantic Yards Project in Brooklyn where Ratner and Barclays plans to build a Frank
Gehry-designed basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets, as well as
more than 6,000 new apartments.
Jay-Z supported the project as partial owner of the sports team that has appeared at press conferences to highlight it. Barclays owns the naming rights of the area. A recently study released on the 200th anniversary of Britain’s
abolition of the slave trade by The Restitution Study Group claims that
Heywoods Bank, which through mergers became Barclays Bank in 1969, took
part in over 120 slave trading missions, allegedly enslaving over
38,000 Africans. The bank has denied the accusations, as did Ratner's development group,
Forest City Ratner, which dismissed the claim earlier this month, as
not having any legal merit.