Do We Need Reparations?

How can we best uplift black communities?

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It should come as no surprise that the Black Lives Matter Movement is still ruling the streets of Chicago, Portland, Seattle, New York, and other places.

And you probably know that they are still looting businesses and destroying monuments in the name of "ending racism" and inequality.

Ariel Atkins, a BLM leader in Chicago, believes that looting is right and just because it's reparations.

"Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance. They’re going to get their money back. My people aren’t getting anything,” Atkins says.

The subject of reparations came up in June at the House of Representatives. The idea was to create a group the would explore proposals for reparations.

The payment of reparations to blacks is a conversation that dates back to the reconstruction era.

After the American Civil War, the likes of Thaddeus Stevens, Frederick Douglass, and other Republicans set in motion what would be a great leap for the formerly enslaved. For the first time in history, not only could blacks vote, but they could hold office, own property, and had civil rights.

This period of history would have been a good time for reparations to have been paid.

The future for African Americans looked bright until southern democrats regained power and stripped those rights away.

For many years most blacks wanted a chance to own land and property and to be economically self-sufficient. To own land back in those days was the American dream.

This was the stage that Booker T. Washington stepped on.

In college, I had to write a paper comparing the "racial uplift" methods of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. After lots of research, I found myself agreeing far more with Booker T. Washington.

Booker T. Washington focused on vocational training and education and a careful push for civil rights while Du Bois advocated for agitating for civil rights and liberal arts education. Booker T. Washington was a Republican and W.E.B Dubois, I discovered just the other day, was an avowed socialist.

Washington is no doubt a controversial figure in African American history today. A lot of people view his methods, especially in the Atlanta Compromise, as too compromising to the racist policies of the day.

Their methods for uplifting the black community can be summarized like this: one wanted blacks to uplift themselves, the other wanted the government to do it.

Simple as that.

What's going on today in the politics and media regarding issues in the black community?

What views are and upheld? Which ones are silenced?

Booker T. Washington wanted blacks to use vocational knowledge, education, and constant self-improvement to not only better themselves, but also one another.

Booker T Washington, Man, Person, Portrait, Educator

"We all should rise, above the clouds of ignorance, narrowness, and selfishness."

- Booker T. Washington

He defined the great man as not one who riots, loots, and destroys as a way to obtain justice but one who cultivates a spirit of love.

He was almost like the Martin Luther King Jr. of 1895!

My opinion is this:

I think that demanding the government pay reparations now is an insult to the blacks that fought so hard to build businesses, communities, and livelihoods in the face of Jim Crow and racial terrorism.

Not a single black person alive in America today has to worry about being snatched off the street and lynched at sundown because he looked a white person the wrong way.

Through a DNA test and tracing records, I discovered not only that I had enslaved ancestors, but I could tell you exactly where they were enslaved and who owned them.

I don't want reparations from the government. No black person alive was a slave and no white person alive was a slave owner. Furthermore, how do you know how much money is enough? How will the government or descendants of slaves determine when they've been paid off?

Not only that, why are we trying to put a price on suffering?

That demeans people through the guise of uplifting them.

We need to be uplifting one another, not letting the government do it.

That's the way to freedom!

Have a great weekend and week and as always....

Live Free!

-Jordan Blackwood


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