Oct. 8, 2016
Saturday Afternoon Musings
Birth of a Nation isn't REPARATIONS. Nor is the newly opened African American Museum on the Mall REPARATIONS. Nor is the Martin Luther King Monument on the Mall REPARATIONS. Reparation the direct act by this government or nation to drive the economic, educational, environmental, and judicial needle towards complete equality for the people of the darker hue. It is the actual payment due to darker skinned people who have suffered through the torment of this nation.
The act of REPARATIONS is to make RIGHT those actions that actively were deemed illegal and morally wrong simply due to the skin pigmentation of the wronged individual. The systematic denial of rights for the past five centuries which has caused this widening gap of promise and possibilities for people of color in America. Until this gap of promise and possibilities evaporate. Then and only then will this nation have paid its debt to those who were denied the basic rights due to every citizen. People of color built the essential fabric of wealth that allowed this nation to prosper. The recognition of that debt must be reconciled. You cannot do that with the release of a 120-minute film, or a couple of edifices on the Mall.
So while I will support the symbolic memorials to our ancestors. I know that our ancestors would've wanted true reparation solutions, not symbolic ones. Martin Luther King Jr., Nat Turner, Fannie Lou Hamer, Malcolm X and every other person who fought for true equality of rights demand payment on that insufficient check that has bounced for centuries against people of the darker hue.