Why Reparations #2
Illusions of a Republic
In 1865, our ancestors were unshackled from the legal system of institutional slavery. In 1865, slavery was abolished with the ratification of the 13th Amendment. In 1868, the 14th Amendment was ratified which shaped our ancestors' rights and privileges of citizenship. In finally in 1870, the 15th Amendment was ratified which provided our black male ancestors' the right to vote. Within 12 years of the ratification of the 13th Amendment and within 7 years of the 15th Amendment those sacred constitutional amendments known as the Civil War Amendments begin there a downward slope to invisibility in this nation supposedly conceived on the belief that all men regardless of color, creed, or religion were equal.
After the heated election of 1876 in which the two candidates couldn't determine a winner via the Electoral College. In a smoke-filled room, white Republicans (so-called freedman's protectors) sold our ancestors' constitutional rights down the river of renewed oppression. In order to maintain control of the White House. Those Republicans agreed to allow the southern Democrats (former Confederate rebels) to regain power in the southern states. They did this by removing all protective union forces that were allocated to protect the recently freed slaves from the former rebel states of the Confederacy. They basically were saying explicitly to the former white slave owners you're free now to do want you need to do to reestablish white supremacy. At that period of time, more than 95% of our black ancestors lived below the Mason-Dixon Line. So, with the installation of President Rutherford B. Hayes into the White House in 1877. Those cherished Civil War Amendments were given a death blow that would last for almost another century.
Rutherford B. Hayes, once said the following; “he serves his party best who serves the country best”. Then Rutherford B. Hayes proceeded to take away all those elements of security entrusted in the federal government to protect people of color freed from slavery just a decade earlier. Did Hayes not consider people of color part of this great union? Was he serving their interest when he allowed the wolves of racial hatred back into that barnyard before the barnyard was secured or repaired? That's why history tells us that reparations are indeed a sacred right for our black communities today. Because of the many acts of violence, oppression, discrimination, deprivation that was released because of the decision made in that smoke-filled room in the winter months of 1877. Why reparations? Because reparations isn't a gift to the black descendants of that tragic decision. It is the sacred obligation to make hold peoples who were deliberately erased as equal citizens in a nation supposedly pledged to protect them.