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[By AL CALLOWAY] Typically, too many African American political leaders, preachers and so-called intellectuals shy away from the issue of Reparations. As a result, the black body politic has not risen to demand that the U.
S. government, industry, and white Americans in general, deal with rectifying the heinous wrongs experienced both by our enslaved black forebears and present day African American citizens.
In the final analysis, African people throughout the Diaspora are due compensatory justice from the global “white supremacy system/culture” as a result of slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism. Reparation is always a divisive issue, so be it. We are dealing with crimes against humanity for which justice has to be meted out.
Reparations from Germany built most of Israel’s electrical system, railroad and other infrastructure improvements. Some American tribes have received compensation for crimes against them and now own wealthy casinos and other properties. Japanese Americans got paid for being interred during WW 11. In 2001there was a 10-day “World Conference Against Racism” in Durban, South Africa, attended by black activists, scholars, political and religious leaders from throughout the world.
The Durban conference ended with “the Diaspora United on Reparations.” However, back in America, most civil rights groups continue to side step the Reparations issue in terms of support because it is controversial. What that means is since their hustle is white corporate “gifts” and foundation philanthropy, they have chosen to operate within the status quo, (within the realm of what the white plutocracy approves).
For every Congress since 1989, Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) from Detroit, Michigan has introduced H. R. 40, a bill that would establish a Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act. Interestingly, when Barack Obama became President in 2009 and Conyers got Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and could have introduced H. R. 40 himself, House Majority Leader, Nancy Pelosi talked him out of it for fear it would be to divisive.
(Although a touted so-called liberal, Pelosi is one of the richest members of Congress at the 0.1 percent bracket or wealth in the top one-tenth of the 1 percent of Americans! She is a plutocrat, folks.)
The CARICOM group of fifteen Caribbean nations has instituted a lawsuit against the United Kingdom, France and Holland for Reparations and is being supported throughout the Diaspora. The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) is forever on the case. In 1993 the NAACP endorsed Reparations and stalwarts including activist Callie House, the late Black Nationalist “Queen Mother” Audley Moore and SNCC leader James Forman were early advocates.
If there is a point at which righteousness outweighs avarice and genocide on the scale of justice, then Africans throughout the Diaspora will be made whole. Whether it comes before or after the pending great destruction of WW III matters little. Africans are ordained to survive and thrive. We are the world. All human life throbs within the original human beings, the owners of melanin – the great shield.
While those conditioned to struggle for Reparations through the white man’s labyrinth political maze continue chipping away there, let the rest of us explore an undeniable, clear thrust to the heart of the matter. It is simple and profound. It is a truth that sits there waiting for us to reveal it. It is your last name black people! The white man gave you his last name. Look him up, mostly through the Mormon’s records, Census information, state and county records, like that.
One thing is certain. The progeny of those who enslaved our forebears are right here; yet enjoying the fruits of ill gotten wealth. Let us begin the final stage of the American Revolution: Reparations. Match your last names with plantation owners, records of slave ships, brokers, past presidents of the U. S., signers of the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution. Check all political officials from before 1619 onward to 1900 (we know they still managed to sneak blacks in here from the Islands or wherever after slavery supposedly ended).
In the June 2014 Atlantic Monthly cover story on Reparations, black author Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote, “America begins in black plunder and white Democracy, two features that are not contradictory but complementary.”
SOURCE: H. R. 40 IS NOT THE ONLY ANSWER
I am very upset, as I just wrote a reply to your post, Dr. Sokoya, and it has been deleted. Regrettably, I did not save it to a file. Nevertheless, your words are on point.
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This is not what I had previously written but is close enough.
Today, we must strive to be free of this captivity and rise to the top, for we have been at the bottom for far too long. We have the degrees to educate our own. And we have the degrees for every major industry to become a people to be reckoned with but not in the US. White supremacy will not permit it in this country.
If we are serious about obtaining Reparations, then we have to make serious decisions and do serious acts to make this government (and all governments and countries that harbor descendants of Slaves) realize that we will not rest until we obtain Reparations, our FREEDOM, and a means for RESETTLEMENT elsewhere.
Reparations Chapters should be established in every urban city to work with members of Congress to facilitate this debt due us for the atrocious and cruel Slave Trade and cruelty of which we still suffer. If the govern will not hear our voices for Justice, then we must construct a voice for ourselves and for our children until an equitable distribution of Reparations is paid to descendants of Slaves, even to those who choose to leave out of this captivity.
As a group, Blacks, the world over must rise up and make the True and Living GOD aware that we look to HIM to save us as HE SAVED the Children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage. We are in a horrible predicament and plight, and unless we do something about it, we and our generations to come will remain in the clutches of those who control our lives, our beliefs, and mindsets.
TWO VIEWS ON BLACK STUDENTS DEMANDING REPARATION AT KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY:
"While the battle for racial equality is far from over, overcompensation isn’t the answer either."
It was the answer for "Jews", Japanese, and Native Americans! So, why not for descendants of Slaves whose forebears were forcibly taken from their homelands and forced to work without pay under the most cruel conditions ever laid on human beings. Moreover, our forebears were the victims of ethnical cleansing and were prohibited from obtaining an education!
Apr 19, 2017 Updated 17 hrs ago
Joe Imel/Daily News
Students with Western Kentucky University’s Student Government Association passed a resolution Tuesday supporting reparations for African-American students.
Western Kentucky University’s Student Government Association passed a resolution Tuesday supporting reparations for African-American students.
The resolution calls on WKU to create a task force to “assess the feasibility of test-optional admissions and geographically-weighted admissions,” citing research showing that using standardized test scores in the college admissions process “restricts the college opportunities for needy students, helping higher education perpetuate inequality.”
The resolution passed with a margin of 19-10, with one person declining to vote.
SGA senators Andrea Ambam and Brian Anderson wrote the resolution. Anderson said he and Ambam talked a lot about overcoming racial inequality as a society in drafting the resolution. He said they were inspired by a similar resolution endorsed by students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
WKU President Gary Ransdell responded to the resolution through a statement issued Thursday afternoon.
"Student success is an important ongoing discussion at Western Kentucky University, and the recruitment, persistence and success of underrepresented minority students is a daily focus across this institution," Ransdell wrote.
"We appreciate the Student Government Association’s interest in these issues, but it’s important to clarify that their resolution is not an official position taken by the University. I have read the SGA resolution, and I understand that their intent was to spark a conversation, but the University will not adopt any such policy. I’ve spent much of the last year engaging in dialogue with black student leaders on campus, which has led to a greater understanding and appreciation of their experiences and priorities. Our goal is to ensure that WKU is both a welcoming place and a place that focuses on persistence and success."
Ransdell said WKU will assist low-income and first generation college students.
"As we continue to work through elements of the campus diversity plan and on our recruitment and student success initiatives, we will focus on those things that help all students succeed," he wrote. "We will direct resources, energy and effort toward those methods that are responsible, practical and proven to achieve student success, with a particular focus on underrepresented minorities, low-income and first generation college students."
The Daily News also contacted but has not heard back from incoming WKU President Timothy Caboni and Lynne Holland, WKU’s dean of students and chief diversity officer.
The resolution’s authors contend that financial aid isn’t enough to cover the costs of college, that people of color are underrepresented among WKU’s tenured faculty and administrators and that such factors send a “message to students of color that they are undervalued at our university.”
“To their white counterparts, their expectation is that people of color work at the lowest levels of the organizations they lead,” the resolution reads.
The resolution also states that “standardized tests perpetuate and uphold white supremacy.”
“It is clear from research that students and families do not understand what this means, and that the use of test scores in admissions is a defining attribute of the institution and prominent piece of our image,” the resolution reads. “Additionally, the ‘arms race’ for merit aid only bars the low-income and minority students from attending Western Kentucky University.”
As a result, the resolution’s authors demand “full and free” access to WKU for black students.
“We demand reparations for the systemic denial of access to high quality educational opportunities in the form of full and free access for all black people (including undocumented, currently and formerly incarcerated people to Western Kentucky University.)”
SGA President Jay Todd Richey described the resolution as a “conversation starter” in a statement sent via text message.
“Due to discriminatory education, housing and employment policies that have disproportionately held back Black Americans, we believe this resolution is ultimately a conversation starter for discussing how to make college both more affordable and accessible for communities of color and marginalized people in general,” he wrote.
“People can debate the prudence of actually eliminating tuition for all Black students, and it’s extremely unlikely regardless, but the point is to have a real conversation about how we eliminate racial disparities in higher education,” Richey continued. “We need to consider making reparations in the form of more equitable college admissions policies, financial assistance and campus support and resources, and we hope this provocative statement will launch an important dialogue about how to achieve that.”
As wealthy as the Slaves made the United States, education should be free!!!