40 Acres and a President - Slavery Reparations
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#1 Jan 5, 2013
The Biblical principle of true repentance is that the offended party is given compensation to take up for that which has been stolen from them, the losses that have been inflicted upon them and their families.
In 2001, Obama's Trinity United Church of Christ passed a resolution declaring that:
WHEREAS: The institution of Slavery is internationally recognized as crime for which there is no statute of limitations,
AND WHEREAS: Uncompensated labor was demanded from enslaved Africans and their descendants for more than two centuries on U.S. soil;
AND WHEREAS: The principle that reparations is the appropriate remedy whenever government unjustly abrogates the rights of a domestic group or foreign people whose rights such government is obligated to protect or uphold has been internationally recognized...
Kincaid's article also reveals that Trinity United Church had other prominent members that viewed Reparations as the only viable way of dealing with the injustices of slavery. Trinity United Church -- located in Chicago, a city sometimes referred to as the "de facto center of the slavery reparations movement"-is the church that Obama used to build credibility within the black community. I find it impossible to believe that Barack Obama, a politician who before his inauguration as president, was on record as never taking a stand on anything, would take a stand against the black elite establishment on Reparations -- one of their most beloved pet projects.
No matter how the educated and "well meaning" liberal elites try to serve it up, the Reparations debate is not a difficult or complicated issue. Bottom line: just don't do it! Besides being morally outrageous and financially imprudent, a move towards paying Reparations is sure to expose a slew of inconvenient truths about racism and bigotry in America in a way that many will not be prepared to deal with. America's racial history is very complicated -- and using Reparations as the springboard for examining these complications will prove to be risky business.
The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY punished this country for the hypocrisy of Slavery. Over 800,000 men lost their lives to compensate for this injustice and outrage that the founding father's mentioned as dealing with a wolf, you didn't like it but you didn't let it go either.
Reparations no matter how much or how little, whether paid in pure gold, or government wooden nickles would only serve to disgrace the lives of the brave men who fought this battle and then serve as an insult to those we cannot ever repay for their suffering. Do we have names of any living Americans or African Americans who suffered under Slavery? Nope, so what' the point?
#2 Jan 5, 2013
The transparent ploy of demanding apologies for slavery from people who weren't born, and many of whose ancestors weren't even Americans at the time of slavery, is merely a prelude to the demand for "reparations," aka government handouts based on race. The con game is not limited to the United States, however. If anything, it is further advanced in the Caribbean, specifically Jamaica. David Paulin of The Big Carnival covers the racket underway there, one which demands money from former colonial master Britain.
In Jamaica, political leaders are beating the drum for a local and regional campaign to convince Britain to provide compensation for its role in the transatlantic slave trade. They're telling Jamaicans that the legacy of slavery is indeed the source of their troubles. A hotbed of leftist politics, the former British colony has a population of 2.7 million that's of overwhelmingly African descent.
"We owe reparations to ourselves and our ancestors," Rupert Lewis, a lecturer in government at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, told a gathering of school children in Kingston, the capital. The occasion was part of activities associated with Jamaica's commemoration of Britain's 200-year-old Abolition of the Slave Trade Act adopted March 25, 1807. The case for reparations is being made with lectures and the documentary film "The Empire Pays Back." [....]
What do ordinary middle-class Jamaicans of African origins think? Not surprisingly, many blame unaccountable and elitist political leaders for the country's mess - not its legacy of slavery and colonialism. They point out that Jamaica's decline started after it was granted independence in 1962. Part of the problem is a loss of values, many say. They also note that counties such as The Bahamas are doing well, despite legacies of slavery and colonialism under Britain.[....]
Curiously, reparations advocates demand reparations only from rich Western nations. Yet they never mourn over the millions of black Africans who disappeared into the Muslim slave trade. Nor do they regularly condemn the slavery that persists in Africa. They're silent as well about modern forms of slavery such as human trafficking, which even has been a serious problem in Jamaica.
There's more. Read this very worthwhile post. I don't know about you, but there are about 100 other nations ahead of Jamaica on my list of potential overseas vacation spots.
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