Reparations?

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!

4 thoughts on “Reparations?

  1. Reparations!…..Oh, Boy…I was waiting for this one.

    I’m far from an expert, but this is how I view reparations;

    Look, if anybody out there thinks that Congress will ever pass a reparations bill I think they’re mistaken, and I’ll tell you why in 3 words, “United States Constitution”. Seems like everybody has neglected to read Article I, Sections 9 & 10, which provides that: “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law will be passed.” I wonder why none of our, so called, constitutionalists, legal experts or political pundits have pointed that out?

    So what’s the definition of a Bill of Attainder? It’s “A legislative act that singles out an individual or group for punishment without a trial.” So, that means if Congress were to pass a law that says I’m going to be punished for a, so called crime, that may or may not have been committed by one of my ancestors, and now requires me to pay a fine (reparation), then that’s a bill of attainder!

    And it’s not just me saying this;

    “These clauses of the Constitution are not of the broad, general nature of the Due Process Clause, but refer to rather precise legal terms which had a meaning under English law at the time the Constitution was adopted. A bill of attainder was a legislative act that singled out one or more persons and imposed punishment on them, without benefit of trial. Such actions were regarded as odious by the framers of the Constitution because it was the traditional role of a court, judging an individual case, to impose punishment.” (William H. Rehnquist, The Supreme Court, page 166.)

    IF, reparations were ever to be seriously considered by Congress they would need to resolve two very important questions; who should receive the reparations, and who is responsible for paying the reparations? But of course these questions have Congress first ignoring the Constitution! I suppose Congress could pass some sort of legislation giving money to Black only colleges or other strictly Black organizations, but there again, not all of those Blacks would have had ancestors who were slaves, so why should they benefit from tax payer dollars or why should the tax payer even be obligated to make payments to them? But…I also think it’s important to remember, that as abhorrent as slavery was, it was a legal act at that time, so what laws were broken? What crimes were committed? If congress now wants to consider past slavery as a crime, then they have once again violated the Constitution by imposing an ex post facto law. It’s ridiculous to think that citizens whose families weren’t even living in the United States at the time should be responsible to pay for the so-called crimes of others. But I’m sure Congress will figure out a way to simply consider it a tax! (Thank you Justice Robert’s).

    But…the real question I have is when are the Liberals going to stop looking backwards attempting to change history with reparations and the removal of statues and monuments and just accept the past for what it was, good or bad? That’s called “History”. We need to remember the past and learn from our mistakes, but isn’t it interesting how they have selectively chosen which acts we should remember and which ones we need to erase? Maybe we should also just ignore that slavery ever happened and forget that part of history as well?

    By the way, are we going to ask those whose ancestors fought on the side of the South during the Civil War too pay reparations, while at the same time they’re tearing down their statues and depriving them of the historic symbols that represent what their ancestors fought and died for?

    And how about this fact?…a committee of scholars appointed by Boston University concluded that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. plagiarized passages in his dissertation for his doctoral degree at the university 64 years ago. And more recently, FBI documents from the 1960’s allege Martin Luther King Jr. had affairs with 40 women and stood by as a friend raped a woman. Maybe we should tear his statue down too? Where does it end?

    If you think the country is racially divided now, just wait to see what happens if reparations ever come to fruition!

    For GOD and Country

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    1. Tom, you know as well as I why the liberals in Congress are holding these hearings! They need to satisfy their black base and are afraid that Donald Trump has been more successful with the black vote than most Republicans throughout recent history. Holding reparations hearings when they know that no Republican in Congress is going to vote for it is a way to say to the blacks, “See, we’ve got your back, but they don’t!” It’s all about perception and politics, and remember…perception IS reality!

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  2. I recently received an e-mail that very succinctly addressed reparations, and it went like this:

    “I never owned any slaves, and you never picked any cotton, so I don’t owe you shit!”

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