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I know already that if you are of European decent, and after you read this article, you will probably feel that this is just another hate mongers attempt to roust white people and make them feel guilty for something that happened a long time ago. Actually, you couldn't be further from the truth. My mother raised me without a hate bone in my body. Unfortunately, the truth hurts when seen from another perspective. I know all too well from personal experience. All through high school, I was forced to sit through American history as a requirement only to learn that my race's only contribution to this society was to pick cotton. No one else, no other race in the classroom was more humiliated than I.


Reparation is a subject seldom approached amicably. Many supremacist and supporters of supremacy rights believe that the reprobate bring upon themselves the righteous destruction to which they are doomed. I suppose they too are still angry about slavery. You see, it was hard in the South for white people to find any work. Most of the farm work on the big plantations was done by slaves so white people couldn't get jobs.


Seriously, in 1865 General William T. Sherman made a promise that when the war ended, freed slaves would receive "40 acres and a mule." Needless to say this promise was never kept. Black people worked 246 years and did not receive anything for their labor, except to be rapped, beaten, and murdered. Image if you will, a mother unable to assure the safety and security of her children, or a father unable to protect his family and keep them from harm.


Helpless parents could only sit by and listen to the anguish cries of their young being sodomized by the adult slave master penetrating their youth without regard for the life of that child. Even in today's society there are predators that prey upon young girls and boys. You don't need to ask yourself if those people existed during slavery. Not only did they exist, but they also had a full rein of terror upon the nations children.


Even the children born of slaves and slave masters, if darken in skin color, were rejected and treated as property. If man would enslave his own child, of what chance did anyone else have.


Today, many children do not know what it is like to be spanked. When I was a child, getting whipped was the norm in our household for misbehavior. My mother was brutal with the switch and the belt. The pangs rippled across the back and about your legs until your mind wandered, taking leave of your body, in absent of self. It wasn't until I was into my thirties, I realized that my mother was only following a tradition of child rearing, learned by her mother.


Richard Wright, a famous writer wrote about the life of black people post slavery; explained that black families beat their children unmercifully because if they did not, the white man would probably kill them. In essence they beat them to save their lives.


Crippled, mentally handicapped or old slaves could be put down like a horse with a broken leg. Slaves were not viewed as human beings. They had no rights and no agency of protection from the cruel cold hands of their masters that lay upon them the whips and the judgments of death. For those that did not hear the bells of freedom ring, did life in a hell manifested on earth. Imagine serving a life sentence because you are who you are.


If you take a critical look at history, you will know that the prisons were designed to contain unruly white men because the blacks were already in prison, in life. However, the prisons of yesterday have become the plantations of today.


Amendment XIII:
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.


Needless to say my friend, reparations will probably never come in a way you would expect it to come. Heirs and benefactors from the fruits of our labor on the backs of predecessors, will never feel a responsible, harmonious or otherwise, for the sins of their ancestors.


ASK AND YE SHALL NOT RECEIVE...

President Bill Clinton... told a prominent Jewish advocacy group that he supported its attempts to get compensation for Holocaust victims and their families. He made the comments at a reception after presenting World Jewish Congress president Edgar Bronfman, with the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (Reuters).


The Indians are compensated for their land. Backers support tribal gaming because they would rather see Indians self-sufficient rather than on welfare.


The federal government will provide compensation to certain victims of the September 11th disaster under the new "September 11th Victim Compensation Fund" (H.R.2926), if the person applying for such compensation is willing to give up the option of bringing a civil action in court (filing a lawsuit).


Japanese-Americans interned during WWII in 1988 received an official apology from the U.S. government as well as a payment of $20,000.00 per person for each person interned.


Black people in America lost their lives and any legacy that our ancestors could have left for us to pass down for generations to come. It is now up to those of us today, to create the legacy for future generations, unburdened by the immediate threat for our very lives.


YOU CAN'T ASK A MAN TO GIVE AWAY HIS KINGDOM

Regardless of how the Europeans obtained their fortunes, you cannot ask a man to give away his kingdom. Are you going to leave your life's savings to the neighbor's child? If reparations are to be given at all, it must be an individual effort upon each and every American that feel deserving of being compensated for crimes committed against them.

"You do not take a person who for years has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say, "you're free to compete with all the others," and still justly believe that you have been completely fair. Thus it is not enough just to open the gates or opportunity. All our citizens must have the ability to walk through those gates .... We seek not...just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and equality as a result" (President Johnson, Lyndon B: Howard University. 1965).

We as black people are only asking for the start that our ancestors never had. We as black people only need the opportunity to succeed or fail, which ever the case may be. I too can't image what a race of people would do with that kind of money, after never having money before. I only suspect that it will end up back in the hands of the giver.


Realize if you will, when you look around on your job, how many of us do you see? I am always amazed when white woman tell me how lucky I am because I am female and black. I ask them to look around and see how many of me there are, and then repeat that statement. It behooves me to hear a white man talk about how he is being discriminated against because of affirmative action.


I'm here to tell you folks, that when I sit in the lunchroom and read the EEOC notices on the wall, I laugh because if you hire no conflict you will have no conflict. I am usually a temporary employee and not an employee; therefore there can be no conflict if one should arise.


Growing up, if a job ad wanted me to type 60 words a minute and I did, the employer then required 80. I walked into an agency to get a job and was told by the clerk before he knew what I wanted, that there were no maid jobs here. I have been sent out by the unemployed agency only to be told, in so many words, that people would not want to work with me.


In my early 20's a white man reluctantly hired me in Las Vegas Nevada as an employment counselor. The reason I say reluctant is because if a black applicant came in, we had to put a dot at the top of the application to signify race. Many employers did not want to interview blacks. I came of working age in 1972. That was not that long ago. If it's been like that for me, I can only image what it was like for those before me.


If you were to compare my experience to an accounting procedure, I would be LIFO. (Last in and first out). I believe that employers should take into extra consideration when your employment record is not as complete as your white counterpart. An employer would literally have to call you a nigger in front of millions of witnesses that would be willing to testify before the EEOC would back you up. You and I know that it is not going to happen. When the gays decided to come out of the closet, the bigots went in.


Do you wonder how we are surviving? How many black applicants have you not hired? Are there no wonders why the types of crimes are being committed? Are our prisons not filled with so many black people? Can you honestly say that all the men and the women in prison are guilty of some crime against humanity?


The argument against reparations for many is engraved into the soul like thread into a cloth. White friends of mine cannot envision that I might get something they will not. White women with black men that have interracial children, feel that we need to stop crying about spilled milk.


Many black people themselves have come to believe in a false sense of equality. Some have distanced themselves from black neighbors, coworkers, spouses and friends. They have bought into the myth that black is inferior, but not them. There is no greater proof than Michael Jackson.


We have many wealthy black leaders and wealthy black families in this country and I just don't see their contributions to the black underclass. However, it's not their responsibility either. You can donate all the money you want to help feed the poor, enrich the universities, or ease your conscious by any means of contribution that is your God given right, but until businesses are built in economically distress communities and jobs are created, it means little of nothing to me.


Every black person on this planet is ignoring one very important fact. That together, we have the means to solve our own problems. We need to establish a trust in human agency so that we can begin investing in each other. We cannot afford to behave niggardly, thinking that someone else is getting something more.


As long as black people try to integrate into a society that has already established legacies, blacks will continually be viewed as an inferior group. Until the black elite stop trying to first live like other Americans, and begin to create like other Americans, legacies that will be passed on to generations, there can be no resolutions to the way blacks are perceived in a global and world community. In a democratic society driven by commerce, blacks that only seek positions without creating positions will continue to be viewed as the underclass of society.

Joyce Corrales

"It's just like when you've got some coffee that's too black, which means it's too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won't even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep."
"Message to the Grass Roots," speech, Nov. 1963, Detroit (published in Malcolm X Speaks, ch. 1, 1965).
"It's just like when you've got some coffee that's too black, which means it's too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won't even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep." "Message to the Grass Roots," speech, Nov. 1963, Detroit (published in Malcolm X Speaks, ch. 1, 1965).
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Souljah,

I think that you have two different subjects here. They're both important, but they are quite different.

the first one is about reparations. Gen. Sherman's Special Field Order No. 15, the one about "forty acres and a mule," and which is quoted often among us, did two things:
1. It established reservations for blacks in South Carolina and Florida (was there one other place? I don't remember that. Could have been, though).
2. It restricted the forty acres and a mule to the freed blacks living on the Sea Islands of South Carolina, and actually it was "no more than forty acres" and an army mule no longer fit for army service.

I'm not sure that we can build a case for universal reparations for African Americans based on this. We have to use other arguments.

The other issue that you raise is the one of racism. A much more serious issue than reparations, it strikes at the heart of human nature and therefore is going to be much harder to erase.

The two are not connected or related in any way. Reparations is external, decided upon by government (even if prompted by the people). Racism is internal, arising from our innate fear of "the different."

Therefore reparations will not solve the problem of racism.

Let's say that everyone gets, oh, $50,000 (it's just a number out of the air. Choose your own if you'd like). A. What will we do with it? B. What difference wiill it make in society?

Well,
A. Some of us--a lot of us, if the history of lotto winnings is any indication--will spend it on gambling or drugs or car(s) or general celebrating until it is gone. Then what? Some will invest it and make more. Then will we hear cries about sharing what's fair? ("Yo, black! Help a bro'!")

Well, that is merely an idle question. However, one thing we do know: money creates its own problems.

B. OK, so what about the racism that takes up most of yor post (and rightly so)? How will reparations help that?

It won't. Racism is merely a species of fear, some of which is justified. The part that is was shown a few years ago in a series of psychological tests designed to detect prejudice (in its technical meaning of "prejudged conclusions"). Men and women were placed in a room doing everyday kinds of things while connected to soemthing like a lie detector that registered heart rate and blood pressure and such. Then different people would walk into the room, and the subject's reaction was recorded.

Those reactions showed fear or concern in this ascending scale:

white women
black women
white men
black men

And the subjects all recorded the same order of fear or concern, even when black women or men were the subjects. the fear was less in the black subjects, but it was significant.

This means that we feel the same kind of fear when we face each other that whites do when they face us.

There's a reason for it. The reaction was universal. Our gansta rappers and home boys don't do us any good.

Now, this is just to say that some--not the majority--of racism has some justification. We have to recognize that we have a certain responsibility for it. Not much, but some.

Now, about your job: this is much worse, and much harder to rid ourselves (as humans) of. It's been a handy evolutionary reaction for millions of years, and city life in the last, what, five thousand years?, is not going to rid us of it. It's dislike or fear of the different. In nature, the different eats the different. That is ingrained in us.

Today that shows up as color prejudice among even us--I have heard many women say that they prefer the dark men. Julian Bond need not apply, I guess. Fortunately (for me) I am of the "dark man" profile, but it bothers me that some of us, subject to exactly what you describe, would still do much the same thing. My lighter cousin would be considered second-string because of his color? And by people of "his own" color?

You see how deep the impulse for racism runs?

Reparations cannot help that.

Only we people working together can.

Maybe reparations is a good idea, and maybe it isn't. It is not my intention to debate reparations. Rather my point is that racism is universal, it is not subject to external "solutions," and we--black and white--have to work on it together.

Let's see: how about taking our reparations money, pooling it, and building businesses so that we all can get work?

Oops, there's always people like "Rev" Lyons who will take the money and buy a house for his mistress. A kind of mini-Enron, wasn't he?

The answer will not be so easy.
Kweli4,

Sure, I'd be glad to. Thanks for asking about it.

The test is called the Implicit Association Test, it was conducted in 1998, and it is attributed to scientists named A.G. Greenwald, D.E. McGhee, and J.K.L. Schwartz, the devolopers of the test.

It is I believe generally acknowledged that this IAT, while attempting to quantify attitudes that are truly implicit, did not, and that was the point of my post. This test did not control for environmental factors (I'm not sure how it could, actually), and therefore what it tested was attitudes that we have come to have, that we have gained from our environment. However, that is just as imortant a finding as any that they might have set out to gather.

The most interesting (to me) finding of the test was that in that test we reacted to each other in fear more than we did to other racial or ethnic groups. The test could not conclude from that, but I'm sure that it doesn't take a genius to figure out why that might be.

Anyway, I'll bet that there are websites and books that you can peruse to find out more about the test.

Good luck.
Perhaps there is more on this issue that needs to be explored.

Prejudice (from which none of us are free), is a bit self-selective. If you have read GK Chesterton's "Orthodoxy," you may remember his early chapter in which he was talking with an educated type who in the conversation said, "That man will get on in life, He believes in himself."

At that moment, Chesterton said, he saw a bus that proclaimed its destination as "Hanwell" (Hanwell is a well-known mental hospital). He then told the man that Hanwell is full of people who believe in themselves. In fact, many people not in Hanwell who should not still do believe in themselves, including that minster with a dreary novel he wants published and from whom his friend had been hiding to avoid. He believed in himself.

Prejudice is like that. The more prejudiced I am , the more I am likely to explain it away, and th more I am likely to believe that a description of my prejudice doesn't really apply to me. It would, of course, apply to you, but not to me. In fact, the more prejudiced I am, the less I am going to recognize that I am prejudiced.

Therefore, the more prejudiced I am the less likely I am to listen to messages against it.

We don't like our beliefs to be challenged, anyway. So I'll ignore the challenge or I will defend my present prejudice, calling it something else.

So if we're going to try to educate people out of their (and our) prejudices, we'll have to do it very carefully. Education that puts stress on others, that makes them defensive, will not educate.

What will help is intergroup interaction. This doesn't mean basketball games. Competition introduces a negative component into any intergroup communication: competition.

Have you ever played Cranium's "Hoopla" game? It very cleverly removes the factor of competition by making everybody on one team and pits them against the timer.

that's what we need to do in order to tackle the issue of prejudice. Education won't do it, government programs won't do it, nothing external will do it. Only we will (and the others, as well) by getting together and learning from one another.

Might a government program that orders this help? Maybe. But more would be our getting out and getting together with others. Not everybody will want this, but I'll bet that it's the only way that will work.
About Reparations



Bring Reparations
For Christmas

7/31/02


America is the undisputed king in a world that values violence in the form of nuclear bombs, war and bloodshed. America's past and present notifies and signifies the high value Americans at-large place on their ability to bring violence and death upon anybody anywhere at anytime. Thus, any peoples or nations wronged by America will likely have to resort to violence to right the wrong. If the wronged party is unable to bring levels of violence that force respect, then other methods of righting the wrong should be sought. However, at this point the wronged party is in an inferior position because it must accept whatever non-violent means the superior party proposes. This inferior-superior relationship is not only descriptive of the Israeli / Palestinian struggle but rest at the core of the conflict. That is precisely why Hamas and others continue to meet the seemingly more powerful Israelis with violence, destruction and death. In this way, the Palestinians maintain in the minds of the Israelis the notion that they don't have to accept unequal negotiated reforms. In other words, the Palestinians have the suicide bomber who thus far is the Ace Card that extracts respect from the Jews and the Americans. No cement wall, no amount of F-15 fighter Jets, black Hawk helicopters, missiles, bulldozers or curfews has stopped the bombers, - and the Jews and Americans know it! But you might ask, how does this relate to reparations for slavery?

Palestinians and black folk in America are dealing with the same mammoth, a government who only respects violence and death, a government that only accepts war and destruction as the real means to righting wrongs and a government of white imperialist hell bent on military hegemony and global control! At no time in the history of black people in America have we ever brought elevated and continuous levels of violence directed specifically against our oppressors. In fact, black people in America have aptly demonstrated our lack of inclination or ability to ever violently extract respect out of anybody (except one another). The United States historically has never respected any nation or people who could not bring sustained death and destruction upon Americans; this unfortunately includes their former slaves. Reparations for the descendants of American slaves will have to be violently extracted in the same context and manor as Hamas is extracting revenge from the Israelis. I can assure anyone that no matter what happens to the Palestinians, the Israelis will never forget the death and destruction of the suicide bomber! Unfortunately, the American slaves left no such legacy. Therefore, continuing to beg those who only respond to and respect violence for past reparations only reinforce the true powerlessness of African Americans.
Jazzhawk,

We may all know the problems, but do we really? If we cast the problems in the wrong light, if we say of them what is not right, then do we really know the problems?

Your last statement included the phrase, "Political methods on a solution." My thesis is that there are no political methods toward a solution. it is not a political problem, therefore it does not have a political solution. The solution involves a lot of work and a lot of self-sacrifice, because it means that we have to get to know other (kinds of) people, let them get to know us, and not to let our prejudices against them get in our way.

It goes against much of what so many of us say, but just because many of us say it doesn't mean it's right. In fact, if many of us say it, it's more than likely wrong, for we humans tend to be much more wrong than right.

Kraaaal,

Your response is worse than dangerous. It has in it the hate that can beget only hate. Violence is not an answer to htis problem. If the problem is fear--which it is, fear of the different--then the solution is not to give those who fear without reason a reason to fear. Your answer will build a wall of arms and violence, not break down walls of prejudice and hate.

Reparations is not a part of this, and the Palestinian suicide/homicide bombers are exactly the wrong example to draw your inspiration from. Prejudiced people do not need threats. They need to know that we are humans together. We can't do that with bombs.
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posted December 27, 2002 11:47 PM
Jazzhawk,

We may all know the problems, but do we really? If we cast the problems in the wrong light, if we say of them what is not right, then do we really know the problems?

Your last statement included the phrase, "Political methods on a solution." My thesis is that there are no political methods toward a solution. it is not a political problem, therefore it does not have a political solution


Melesi
You can probably afford to beleive that politics have no place in this discussion. I agree it's a nice thought, but the hard and cold reality is, politics are always involved. Especially in this case.

I should point out, I do like the points you made in your first responses in this thread. I'll be keeping my eye on you! Smile

-Jazhawk
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Originally posted by Souljah:
Every black person on this planet is ignoring one very important fact. That together, we have the means to solve our own problems. We need to establish a trust in human agency so that we can begin investing in each other. We cannot afford to behave niggardly, thinking that someone else is getting something more.


As long as black people try to integrate into a society that has already established legacies, blacks will continually be viewed as an inferior group. Until the black elite stop trying to first live like other Americans, and begin to create like other Americans, legacies that will be passed on to generations, there can be no resolutions to the way blacks are perceived in a global and world community. In a democratic society driven by commerce, blacks that only seek positions without creating positions will continue to be viewed as the underclass of society.


Yes!




La Femme Nkechi
Be the change in the world you want to see
I didn't know that this article would cause such a range of debate. I really didn't think anyone would be interested in this discussion.
However, on the integrationist point the original author brought out in her article, I'd like to expound on it a bit in the context of American history. Through the forced segregation of the black masses since their arrival in this hemisphere through slavery, integration is a very recent part of our history in this country. The big differing parties on this issue were Malcolm X and Martin L. King Jr. For the very same reason Ms. Corrales outlines in her article segment, posted by Nkechi, is the same reason the legacy of Malcolm X endures to this day. He pointed this very same thing out time and time again through the use of the term "Black Nationalism" and the very popular phrase "It's Nation time!" It was also one of the reasons
I would also like to point out that during their times the northern states were more integrated than the southern states. The southern states also have colleges and universities that black students can excel at in an enviroment that is comfortable for them to them.
Melesi

Inasmuch as I personally detest violence, I cannot help but to include into my analysis the question of how much value should be placed on the fact that violence preceded Japanese reparations and Native American annuities. The Japanese are responsible for untold numbers of deaths resulting from the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent war in the Pacific! The same can be said of the decades long Native American or Indian wars in America. White settlers and soldiers died by the hundreds and perhaps thousands before the issue of Indian land was finally resolved. In each case, horrendous violence and death preceded the pecuniary resolution.

Melesi, I stated "America's past and present notifies and signifies the high value Americans at-large place on their ability to bring violence and death upon anybody anywhere at anytime." Indian wars, African slavery and world war lend evidence that supports the question of violence as a historical American value! America's unparallel possession of nuclear bombs is confirmation of the high value America places on its ability to bring violence anytime and anywhere in the world. America's history also shows that ultimately violence is what Americans respect. You mentioned Dr. King non-violent methods suggesting that non-violence is still a useful tool. While in large part I agree with you, it should not be ignored that King's non-violent movement was as violent as it was non-violent. If you review and scrutinize the movement you will see fair amounts of violence committed against the SCLC throughout its existence.

Finally, slavery is a vile, brutal and violent interaction or relationship between a dominant group or individual and subordinates. Like the Japanese and Native Americans for whom the mathematical equation reveals violence at one end and monetary payment at the other. For black folk, as long as violence is missing from the equation, it is highly unlikely that the descendants of American slaves will ever see reparations of any kind, not even an apology!
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Until the black elite stop trying to first live like other Americans, and begin to create like other Americans, legacies that will be passed on to generations, there can be no resolutions to the way blacks are perceived in a global and world community.
- emphasis added Smile

What exactly do you mean by 'other Americans.'? So if I become educated, gain sucess in my life, forge a career path, and make something of my self, then I have lost touch with my perceived 'blackness'? I'm no longer balck if I want to achieve seomthing? Am I WHITE if I want to live comfortably?

How dare you proclaim that all of us 'elite' blacks are sleeping with the enemy. Just because I'm wealthy I've sold out? Who's racially denigrating now? To be 'truly' black I must abandon any hopes? Or spend all of my money on those who don't have any?

For someone who grew up on welfare, yet turned themseleves around, I take offense to that. I made something of myself -- by myself. I didn't blame anyone for my misfortune and worked my ass off to get to where I am today. I ahve not sold out to the supposed 'enemy' .

I am black, period, proud of my race, and weary of those who denigrate us who have actually achieved something.
University Blues... calm down Razz

You asked a question and then proceeded to argue against an answer never given. You've made an assumption about the answer. This is supposed to be a dialogue and it can only work if everyone slows down and finds out what people truly meant before they agree/answer/argue.

First of all, that came from an article in the first post of this thread, and second, I do not believe that it meant to be educated and success is to lose touch.

Correct me if I am wrong, AA.org'ers (and I know you will), but I think it pertains more to the isolation of the process. The American dream, to build wealth now, by any means necessary, for my immediate family... just us. Whereas another approach would be to build wealth for yourself but at the same time be black community minded and create opportunities where you can.

Sometimes it is perceived, but not necessarily so, that the so called black elite, once they have made their mark, distance themselves from all things black and just live in the white world. I am not saying this is true, because I like to deal with facts and besides if I were very rich, I'd be giving and helping anonymously anyway. And people do make assumptions because it is not known that a person does give back to the black community.

I don't think I have explained this too well. Just know that you are not being attacked because you are educated and have made something of yourself. If so, we'd all be attacking ourselves. Big Grin

Peace and Love...


La Femme Nkechi
Be the change in the world you want to see
sorry!! I didn't mean to yell!! Smile Smile Eek

It's just that when I read the first post (and subsequent postings in agreement) I felt that we were condemned for having succeeded. My bad.

Although I will say that (given that I'm proud to be black) I first and foremost consider myself an American, sans judgement. Secondly, I 'seek to help my fellow MAN,' yes I do contribute best I can to anyone who needs it whether they are black, white, jewish or Asian. I don't seek out to help out those who are similar to me, JUST BEACUSE they ARE similar to me...that would be favoritism and disrimination -- pure and simple. I wouldn't want someone doing that to me, so I simply do not comply.

Help all that you can, wherever you can, whenever you can.

ps I luv using html! Smile Big Grin Wink
Interesting concepts Souljah!


BUT why does this discussion force reparations to end racism/prejudice? I had previously thought reparations were intended to end economic disparity and enable blacks to build/achieve wealth withheld from them due to the effects of slavery.

I agree with Melesi that reparations will not end racism, but if Black Americans have the economic foundation to build businesses, successful communities, jobs etc, racism's effect can be ameliorated.

Reparations should aim to end black poverty not changing white belief systems.

Show blacks the $$$ and we can build an economic system to insulate our progeny from the effects of racism.
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Originally posted by universityblues:

yes I do contribute best I can to anyone who needs it whether they are black, white, jewish or Asian. I don't seek out to help out those who are similar to me, _JUST BEACUSE _they _ARE_ similar to me...that would be favoritism and _disrimination_ -- pure and simple.


Interestingly enough,the majority of Whites, Jews, and Asians help those "similar to themselves" and build a legacy of economic prosperity which can be passed on to their children. Meanwhile "successful" blacks spend such an increasing amount of time/effort attempting NOT to appear discriminatory that opportunities to build economic security by working with "those similar to themselves" go wasted.

Isn't "working with those similar to ourselves" what community is about?

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