First, I must credit RedState’s Mike Miller with discovering this little gem. You will never find a more rational, unassailable and succinct argument against reparations.
Listen to what this young woman has to say:
I’m seeing a lot of talk about reparations on Tik Tok, Twitter. There’s a pastor in Tulsa who says we cannot have true reconciliation and healing without reparations. I don’t agree with that. It’s 2021. How are we to determine who gets reparations and who doesn’t? Again, it’s 2021. Not every black person is the descendant of a slave and not every descendant of a slave is black. Not every person who was a slave was black.
And are we talking about slaves who were freed when the war ended or slaves who were freed maybe even decades after the first slave ships arrived? In a lot of the northern states, slavery ended just after the Revolutionary War. But I digress.
Reparations as a first step to healing. Uh, uh.
The first step to healing is forgiveness. If the first thing that comes out of your mouth is, ‘Well, they don’t deserve forgiveness,’ sit down, let me learn you a thing or two.
Time heals all wounds, but if you have a wound that hasn’t healed, it’s probably because you’re still picking at it. If you fill your heart with bitterness, there’s no room for joy, there’s no room for peace. Holding onto bitterness is bondage and many of you all have chained yourself to the dead. Even worse, some of you all have passed that bitterness down to your children. Forgiveness isn’t for that other person. It’s for you. It’s to set you free.
— ᖇ. ᔕᑕOTT ᔕIᑕᗩᖇIO 2.0 (@SicarioScott) June 4, 2021
Calls for reparations have simmered in the U.S. for decades. But they’ve grown louder and more insistent since The New York Times’ deliberate political decision to rewrite history in August 2019 – the introduction of their controversial and absurd 1619 Project.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Their three-year-long full court press to portray President Donald Trump as an agent of Russia had just ended in the dumpster fire that was former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s disastrous July 2019 testimony before Congress.
Knowing the power and influence his newspaper had in steering American political discourse, Times’ editor Dean Baquet and his minions conceived a new plan. They would make race a central issue in the upcoming 2020 election and tie it around Trump’s neck.
Weeks after Mueller’s debacle, Baquet held a “crisis employee townhall” during which he issued his marching orders to the staff. (I posted about this meeting here.)
The death of George Floyd in May 2020 served as an accelerant to the false narrative the newspaper had tried so hard to thrust into the national conversation.
Suddenly, the idea that blacks are entitled to reparations because of slavery became a serious demand among Democrats.
There’s not much I can add to the very strong case against reparations made above. Although I agree that slavery was a terrible institution, I don’t feel any personal responsibility for it, nor any of the white guilt the left tells us we should feel.
Blacks have greater opportunities available to them in the U.S. than in any other country. I can’t think of a nation that works harder to address racism than America.
Democrats need to look at themselves. They want to keep blacks in a “dependent” state because it allows them to maintain power over a critical voting block. They’re setting the foundations to do the same thing to Latinos.
Why not introduce the idea of personal responsibility? Why not empower blacks to break out of the cycle that continues to keep them stuck? Incalculable numbers of blacks have found success in today’s America. They are the ones who don’t buy into the Democrats’ BS.