…and crackerdom ensues.
I’m not entirely sure what possessed A la Pundit to cover this, considering the rabid racism of his base audience.
And he doth proclaimeth (with a healthy dose of ye olde verbal irony):
It’ll cure blacks’ sense of grievance and make whites more sympathetic to the injustice of slavery by driving home the economic costs.
I don’t believe the author of this sentence has the capacity to sympathize with the man who couldn’t patronize a store owned and operated by a person who looks like him if he so desired. Granting small bits of humanity such as this to a people oppressed for the good part of 500 years is beyond a dollar amount. Who cares how angry a bunch of racists get?
The comments to this post (all typos theirs) are the best part. It’s really no wonder why Michelle doesn’t allow comments on her site, and it ain’t because of the liberals.
I’ll begin by setting the stage with a quote from El-Hajj Malik El-Shabbazz (a.k.a. Malcolm X) on the issue of reparations. It really addresses most of the “arguments” present in the linked thread:
If you are the son of a man who had a wealthy estate and you inherit your father’s estate, you have to pay off the debts that your father incurred before he died. The only reason that the present generation of white Americans are in a position of economic strength…is because their fathers worked our fathers for over 400 years with no pay…We were sold from plantation to plantation like you sell a horse, or a cow, or a chicken, or a bushel of wheat…All that money…is what gives the present generation of American whites the ability to walk around the earth with their chest out…like they have some kind of economic ingenuity. Your father isn’t here to pay. My father isn’t here to collect. But I’m here to collect and you’re here to pay.
[Before proceeding: Q: Does anyone else find it odd that permalinks aren’t available for individual comments? I’m sure it has something as simple as a software incompatibility.]
Um, so do us decendants of Polish immigrants who never owned slaves have to participate in this? My family’s American roots only go back 4 generations and I just want to be clear on who has to pay or not…
DakRoland on July 10, 2006 at 4:55 PM
That’s funny, DakRoland, because the descendants of slaves have no idea where their families came from. I’d bet that most have no idea who owned their ancestors, much less from which African tribes they belonged to. And there’s also that technicality of whites forcing said Africans to convert to Christianity and subsequently raping the females so as to deny blacks any sense of heritage.
And because we all pay taxes according to how much each of us has exploited the system that was built on the backs of slaves, yes, even the offspring of recent Polish immigrants owe something in the form of reparations.
Any descendants of Union Army members should in turn receive compensation from compenstaed blacks for freeing them and the untold hardships they and their families went through.
Also, any compensated blacks will no longer be eligible for any special “minority” treatment such as affirmative action, quotas, ect.
darwin on July 10, 2006 at 5:11 PM
Dear darwin the cracker: Show me where freed slaves forced Union veterans onto rickety ships in chains and then forced them to plant and harvest rice for a dozen generations, and you might have a point.
If I as a black man walked up to a white proponent of reparations and slapped the **** out of him would I be wrong?
Theworldisnotenough on July 10, 2006 at 5:56 PM
Yes, you would be wrong. And you’d also be an Uncle Tom.
Speaking of Uncle Toms, the article that sparked the Hot Air post cites a black critic of reparations, one John H. McWhorter. Prometheus 6 dug up one of his old posts here in which McWhorter incorrectly places blame on blacks for violence at the hands of New Jersey State Troopers. Classy.
Also, many of the commenters venture towards the issue of reparations for Native Americans because of the atrocities committed by Europeans here in North America. Of course, they are using this in an attempt illustrate the intractability of granting reparations, but it’s territory that deserves real reflection.
Putting it mildly, whites have really done a doozy on the non-white world, and the zeitgeist of modern white society, primarily in “Old Europe”, has transformed over the last few decades from something breeding insufferable intolerance to something that could motivate true reconciliation. As is expected from a country unnecessarily clutching onto its flawed religious traditions, the U.S. is way behind on this. But with enough international pressure and a new force of organization in Afro-American communities, reparations could easily be on the horizon.
I’d also add that if it is shown that reparations would lead to a further decline in white population growth, I would make it a personal goal to see it come to pass in my lifetime.