Reparations. . .Really?

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D.J. Neeley | Civil Patriot

Legislation has been introduced in Oregon that would give $123,000 in reparations (plus interest) to black Oregonians over the course of their lives. This money will come from their state’s government to the tune of six figures to any African-American who can prove they are a descendant of slaves. If you can demonstrate a “heritage in slavery” and have been a resident of the state for at least two years, you’re in. 

What it would look like:

If a 30-year-old recipient applies for the program, he will receive a yearly payment of $2733 (approximately). 

Oregon isn’t the only state looking at reparations. Many across the nation believe the black-white “wealth gap” needs to be closed. (If you’ve been paying attention since Biden took office there’s a strong push for economic equity/equality. The new government wants to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor and there’s an assumption that the words “black and white” are at the center of the fight. 

According to Duke University professor William Darity Jr. and his wife A. Kirsten Mullen, systemic reparations should play a role in erasing this unfair gap between the (rich) white and (poor) black. 

(Would this be a good time to insert that I live in the piney woods of East Texas where most of our poor are white?)

According to a report issued by Darity and Mullen, “The U.S. government — the culpable party — must pay the debt.”

So, our government is the culpable party. . .for a crime that took place hundreds of years ago, long before any of us existed. 

According to Darity and Mullen, $800,000 should be given to each eligible household. 

$800,000. 

For a crime committed by (some of) our great-great-great-great grandparents. And their great-great-great-great grandparents. The same crime that took place, not just in America, but around the globe. 

Lest you think this reparations story will end once the black-white gap is closed, think again. Other groups, specifically Mexican-Americans, are also asking for reparations. 

According to an ABC News report titled, “Mexican Americans Seek Atonement for Ancestral Lands That were Taken Over Generations,” they are demanding reparations. 

They believe they are owed for the lands that were (allegedly) stolen from them during the Mexican-American War. Never mind the fact that the American Southwest wasn’t even part of the U.S. 172 years ago. It was still Mexican territory. In fact, Mexico didn’t even gain its independence from Span until 1821. 

Can you see how this story could go on. . .and on. . .and on? Who will ask for reparations next? And how can our government, which is nearly $30 trillion in debt, possibly come up with the kind of money necessary to pull off a payout of this magnitude?  

My mind reels as I ponder it all. 

 

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  1. Reparations ?,Then go to the governments of England , Portugal, Netherlands, and any others who rounded up Africans and trans ported them to the U.S. and several other South American countries, for profit. Also, the decendants of leaders in African colonies who sold their own people for trunk loads of mostly useless junk. Go to the sources of the slave trade first!!

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