WE OWE US – BLACK LIVES MATTER OWES REPARATIONS TO THEMSELVES
Robert Johnson, notes Wikipedia, is the first Black American Billionaire. He made it on his own. Only in America could he have achieved this. Yet on June 1st, he had the pathological effrontery to spit on his country in order to curry favor with – and avoid the envy of – the racist thugs of Only Black Lives Matter.
On CNBC, he demanded that the US Government – meaning taxpayers like you and me – pay $14 trillion of reparations for slavery to “help reduce racial inequality.”
“Wealth transfer is what’s needed. Think about this. Since 200-plus-years or so of slavery, labor taken with no compensation, is a wealth transfer. Denial of access to education, which is a primary driver of accumulation of income and wealth, is a wealth transfer.
This would be the affirmative action program of all time, the signal that white Americans acknowledge damages that are owed for the unequal playing field created by slavery and the decades since with a wealth transfer to white Americans away from African Americans.”
The incoherent racism of this is testimony to how the fear of being envied can turn even brilliantly successful businessmen’s brains into mush. “Denial of access to education”?? Bob, you grew up dirt poor in Hickory, Mississippi, and you graduated from Princeton!
So let’s straighten Bob out.
We’ve been here before. So much so that in TTP back in February 2004 – yes, over 16 years ago – I wrote We Owe Us: The Real Case for Reparations. We’re going to slightly revise it for today.
So – here we go with another round of racist demands from “slave descendants” that what first was billions is now trillions be extorted from American taxpayers and deposited into their beggar bowls.
There is only one way to put an end to the Reparations argument, and that is by explaining just who owes reparations to whom.
To claim some kind of voodoo tribal guilt regarding slave-ownership that mystically applies to all Americans no matter if they immigrated here last year, their parents immigrated here forty years ago, or none of their ancestors owned any slaves whatever is an assertion beyond reason and evidence, and resides in the realm of religious faith.
For there to be the slightest shred of justice pertaining to slavery reparations claims, the claims must be upon – and only upon – those people whose ancestors owned slaves beyond any reasonable doubt.
It turns out there are millions of descendants of slave-owners among America’s citizenry today. They are the only people of whom the reparations crowd could possibly claim should pay reparations.
Who are they and how do we know they are descended from slave-owners? Let me relate a little story.
In 1965, when I was a student at UCLA, Malcolm X came to our campus and made a speech. It stunned me that he spoke with the same kind of racist hatred towards whites that Hitler did towards Jews.
Finally, one of the other students couldn’t stand it anymore and yelled, “Why do you hate white people so much? You’re part white yourself!” Malcolm X acknowledged the obvious, that his light brown-yellow skin revealed his partially-white ancestry, by responding in a voice of utter venom, “Yes, and if you had the blood of a dog in you, you wouldn’t be proud of it either.”
Proud or ashamed, the fact is that Malcolm X was not just “black,” he was black-and-white. He was not just the descendant of slaves. He was also the descendant of slave-owners. Just like Bob Johnson – you can see that looking at his picture.
That the slave-owner raped a slave or used his superior position over her to extract a sexual liaison is irrelevant to the fact that Malcolm X or Bob Johnson never would have been born had it not been for such a liaison. He – just like the majority of American blacks – owes his existence to slave-owning ancestors.
Black Lives Matter virulently demands “reparations for slavery.” The demand has been made for the last 20 years. At a reparations rally in Washington DC some years ago, the Washington Post interviewed one of the people in the crowd, Suzanne Andersen, who advocated reparations because “My great-great-grandmother was a slave in Florida.
But what about Suzanne’s great-great-great grandfather?
The bottom line is that the substantial majority of black people in America are only partially black. They are also partially white, and are so because they are of mixed white slave-owner and black slave owned ancestry.
If justice requires that the descendants of slave-owners compensate the descendants of slaves, this means that people of such ancestry – again the vast majority of American blacks – must compensate themselves. They are virtually the only folks in America of whom there can be no reasonable doubt that their ancestors owned slaves.
Blacks owe reparations to themselves. The chant and battle cry of Black Lives Matter is “They Owe Us!” The truth is that the demand of the reparations movement should be: “We Owe Us!”
Let us hope that this reductio ad absurdum will help bring reparations advocates to their senses. For the bald truth is that the reparations argument is fascist thuggery run amok.
It doesn’t matter whether my ancestors never owned slaves or were the biggest slave-owners in the South. I never had anything to do with it and I don’t owe any slave descendant one damn dime. Neither do you, nor does anyone else – except the slave/slave-owner descendants themselves
Advocates of reparations owe themselves a lot. But the reparations shouldn’t be paid in cash. It should be paid by swearing off their addiction to whining, begging, and victimizing their lives with anti-white racism.
It should be paid by standing up and facing the reality of their slave/slave-owner heritage.
It should be paid by a conviction to be proud of themselves for what they accomplish as individuals and not for membership in a racial group.
It should be paid by being proud to be an American with no reservations.
Nowhere in the world, nowhere in history, have black people accomplished more and flourished more than in America. Nowhere else on earth do black people have the opportunity and freedom to prosper more than America.
All Americans have a right to be proud of these achievements. The celebration of these historical achievements would be the best reparations of all.
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