I can understand that the House of Representatives needs to do something…ANYTHING besides impeachment hearings on Donald Trump. They realize, I’m sure that the American public doesn’t believe they have anything on Trump and if they were to move forward with impeachment, it would be a travesty and they’d end up losing the House altogether. But why turn your attention to reparations?
That’s what the Jerry Nadler-led, House Judiciary Committee did last week. They decided that they’d bring out actors, rich black folks, and others with their hand out, and demand that it was now time to pay blacks for the slavery issue. I have several problems with that.
First of all, let me say unequivocally that the way blacks were treated in this country in our early years was inexcusable. Slavery of other humans beings is never, EVER an issue that even should be thought of. I don’t care the color of your skin, your age, your gender, your sexual orientation and the like, it’s wrong. Period. You don’t treat people like that.
That being said, wasn’t the fact 620,000 Americans died fighting each other over this and other issues enough reparations? Isn’t the fact America eventually righted the wrong and paid with its’ own blood enough?
And the bigger question is how in the world do today’s African Americans have any “suffering” because of what their ancestors went through some 155 years ago? Show me how YOU suffered because of what your great-great-great-great-great grandfather had to endure, and maybe we’ll talk. And IF we were to pay reparations for slavery, does that take the whole black question off the table forever? Does that put an end to affirmative action (yeah…it still does exist, though not officially)? Does that put an end to racism? Does it solve all of our nation’s problems regarding race?
We haven’t even scratched the surface of who we are going to pay and who isn’t qualified. Are you qualified if you’re just black, and how black? If I have a relative that was a slave, but married a white woman, and he’s the only relative I’ve ever had that was black, and I’m white as the driven snow, does that make me eligible? And do I have to prove it? Or and I just stick my hand out and say, “Yup…I’m deserving of a handout!” Where are you going to draw the line? If I emigrated to this country from say…Brazil. I’m black, and I got here in 1983. Does that make me eligible? Are you going to even check? Or, as I would suspect, anyone that answers on the 2020 Census that they are African American would get a check in the mail someday?
There are way too many questions, and not enough clear answers to decide this question, and I’m not sure America will ever be doing “paying” for slavery. But I can tell you this…reparations of any kind, for any wrong doing of a group of people are wrong. You can’t correct racism with money. It begins with a change of the heart, and all the legislation, all of the hearings on Capitol Hill aren’t going to change that!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!