Should America Pay? Black Wall Street News wants to know!

Posted: March 18, 2014 in Pushing my buttons!, Rocks in my path, Wonderful Humans
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Black Wall Street News

On Black Wall Street News, the question is being asked, “Should America Pay?” Pay for what? Reparations! Pundits and gurus and experts on finance as well as slavery and economics, etc. have argued for and against reparations for various ethnic groups, including African Americans for years. What do you have to say about it? Should there be monetary compensation based on the details within the bill, H.R. 40?  Just a reminder for those who like to send hate mail and negative vibes, etc. I’m posting this article for you to have something to think about as you start the week off, for us to have a discussion, and more importantly, because I can. I am not stating that I am “for” or “against” this bill…I’m simply sharing information for us to consume as readers.

Now, back to the business at hand – As stated on Black Wall Street News, “Briefly, H.R. 40 read[s] as follows: “To acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.”

Additionally, as stated on John Conyers’ website (rep. Michigan 13th District) where you can find more information about H.R. 40, he includes the following easy-to-read highlights of what his bill does/addresses:

“My bill does four things:

  1. It acknowledges the fundamental injustice and inhumanity of slavery
  2. It establishes a commission to study slavery, its subsequent racial and economic discrimination against freed slaves;
  3. It studies the impact of those forces on today’s living African Americans; and
  4. The commission would then make recommendations to Congress on appropriate remedies to redress the harm inflicted on living African Americans.”

For those of you who enjoy getting into the details and want more information, please dive deeper into this issue by reading the bill, section by section here.

Happy Monday! “HAVE A GREAT WEEK! YOU ARE VALUABLE, LOVED and CARED FOR!” And yes, I had to yell in all caps ’cause messages of love need to be shouted. 🙂

  1. weavergrace says:

    Great question. I appreciate your recognition that flames could be thrown around here like in a Greek myth.

    I have many advantages because I have ancestors who were born in Europe who provided me with a privileged life by stealing when they became immigrants. They stole land from the Indians, and opportunities to accomplish their dreams because of their background.

    Hooray for John Conyers! He’s taking a step.

    Step 1 must be to acknowledge “the fundamental injustice and inhumanity of slavery” and other forms of discrimination. I have been in too many conversations with people who deny that anyone is at a disadvantage now because of what happened 25, 50, 100 or 200 years ago.

    Step 2 must be to study discrimination against any people who are African American, Native American, Latino, Asian, Muslim, Jewish, women, gay, sick, disabled, homeless, hungry, orphaned, aged, jailed…”.

    Step 3 must be to study the impact of discrimination on everyone. Social Justice sets us all free.

    Step 4 must be to put measures into place that remove discrimination to make opportunities available to everyone. Opportunities are worth more than a blank check.

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