Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Reparations

According to an article in WND, “The woman commissioned by the Democratic Party to direct its presidential nominating convention in two weeks espouses the same black liberation theology pursued by Rev. Jeremiah Wright.” She apparently also supports reparations.

Excuse me, but I thought we had been paying reparations for the last 40 years through Affirmative Action programs. It seems to me that virtually every job application I have ever filled out contained some kind of Affirmative Action statement letting me know that women and minorities have preference.

The only group that leaves out is white men. So why not just be honest about it and say “We discriminate against white men”?

--It doesn’t matter if your ancestors never owned slaves.

--It doesn’t matter if your ancestors died in a war to free the slaves.

--It doesn’t matter if your ancestors were among the white American sailors kidnapped and enslaved by North Africans.

--It doesn’t matter if your family didn’t even live in America during slavery days.

All that matters is that you are a man whose skin is white, so you are therefore, responsible for slavery.

If that isn’t racism, I don’t know what is.

Of course it is not just white men who will pay reparations. Men and women who are Hispanic, Asian, American Indian will also pay reparations through higher taxes.

Nevertheless, I would actually vote FOR reparations on just two conditions:

First, that major African-American organizations like the NAACP, and famous "civil rights leaders" like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would publicly state that reparations would--as far as they are concerned--finally clear the slate on slavery in this country; that they would promise never again to bring the issue up as a guilt-club and would condemn those who do.

Second, that all Affirmative Action programs should cease as soon as the reparation checks are in the mail. Although Affirmative Action was racist, I will concede that it may have been necessary to help compensate for the evil of racism and discrimination in this country. But I would like to know that my children, grandchildren and great-great grandchildren will not have to be penalized in jobs and education for the evil done by some men before my children were even born.

Of course "civil rights leaders" would never agree to such conditions because the issue of slavery is the big guilt-club by which they maintain their power. They will never give that up. I have hope, however, that after my generation dies, the next generation will just move on.

Americans need to realize that slavery is a debt that human beings can never, ever repay. It is impossible for us to atone for what a relatively few wealthy and wicked men did to the innocent black men, women and children who were ripped from their homes and sold like animals! We could pay reparations and have Affirmative Action programs for a thousand years and it would never make up for their suffering.

But the men who did this evil died a long, long time ago and we just can't punish dead people. Punishing people today, who had absolutely nothing to do with slavery, or even punishing the great-great-great grandchildren of actual slave owners, may be revenge, but it is not justice.

3 comments:

professor ed said...

Yes, by all means, let's pay reparations. There is just one string attached: payment will be made with Confederate Dollars.

Alcamadus said...

Totally agree.

You make a great and excellent point that this is not about reparations. It's about power. They use it as leverage against society. When famous African American leaders like MLK and Fredrick Douglass just wanted to gain their rights and move on from the nightmare, leaders today won't let it go, because they know it's a power play.

But like you mentioned it won't be considered racism because in our society deep down everyone is brainwashed to think, "You can't be racist toward white people"

Personally, this is where I have been pleasantly surprised by Obama. Two times has he encouraged and pushed for the Black community to take responsibility, and even told everyone that he doesn't think reperations is the answer. I think this takes a lot of guts and integrity. Even Jesse Jackson got ticked off at him for his comments. That couldn't have made me happier, because Obama isn't following Jackson's evil power play. When you are a black man and you tell the NAACP that black communities need to clean up their act, it's not a regular message they usually get. Infact, it rarely happens.

So, I wouldn't consider that Obama agrees with this radical liberation theology lady just because she is speaking at the convention.

Dennis said...

alcamadus,

I'm afraid I'm a bit more cynical about Obama than you are. I suspect that his "Bill Cosby-like" comments about race were said only to win more voters, but I hope I'm wrong.