A few words about the history of slavery:
White Guilt, and the Politics of Absurdity. Over a hundred million white Americans trace their ancestry to immigrants who passed
through Ellis Island, which didn't open until 1900. Most white Americans are descendants from people who came to these shores long after
slavery was extinguished. The indictment of all white people for the evil of slavery because they share skin color with slave owners is
an indulgence in absurdity. We are told not to judge all Muslims as terrorists or all blacks responsible for the crimes of individual
blacks. Yet, for whites, the collective guilt is unending. It is propagated in our universities under the now theological dictates
of white privilege and white guilt. [...] Without powerful African kings who were all too willing to sell the people they vanquished to the
Europeans, it is doubtful there would have been a trans-Atlantic slave trade.
students group demands free tuition for black students. The student government at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said on
Wednesday [2/15/2017] that black students should be offered free tuition and housing because blacks were legally barred from education during
slavery and university remains out of reach for black students today. The Associated Students of Madison said in a resolution that
suburban high school students are over-represented. The group said consideration of ACT and SAT scores in applications upholds "white
supremacy" because it restricts opportunities for the poor. The college has proposed measures aimed at improving diversity.
and Non-Consensual Sex OK, Says Muslim Georgetown Professor. That slavery and non-consensual sex can be okay is
not a sentiment you expect to hear from someone employed in politically correct academia — but it obviously is
acceptable when a politically correct kind of person says it. This appears the case with Georgetown Islamic Studies
professor Jonathan Brown, who stated in a recent talk that it's "not immoral for one human to own another human." A
39-year-old convert to Islam, Brown reportedly expressed the above beliefs in a Feb. 7 lecture at the International Institute
of Islamic Thought in Herndon, Virginia. Titled "Islam and the Problem of Slavery," the professor apparently believes
there's only a problem with slavery when it's not governed by Islam.
So Fast, UN: The US Owes No 'Reparations' to Blacks. A thumbnail review of the real history of slavery is in order here.
First, to be clear, there is no doubt many injustices and human tragedies have occurred throughout our history because of slavery; but that
is true everywhere slavery has occurred. [...] Slavery became a worldwide phenomenon during the Middle Ages. The modern slave
trade began and expanded early in the era, but the practice existed in some form or other from time immemorial. Under the Roman Empire,
it was not a black-only phenomenon, but universal. Nevertheless, before the first millennium A.D., Middle Eastern Muslims were selling
goods to African kingdoms. Those kingdoms were paying for those goods with human capital — their own people, black people. Though
Christians became involved in the slave trade somewhat later, Arab Muslim traders were probably first to hold blacks as slaves and as they
ceded global dominion of the slave trade to Europeans later on. They also are estimated to have enslaved over a million European
Christians in the "barbary states" of North Africa.
Racially Incorrect Facts. One glaringly inconvenient truth that, odds are, few folks of any race are aware is
that the very first legal slave owner in America was one Anthony Johnson — a black man. More
specifically, Johnson was an Angolan who himself had been an indentured servant in the colony of Virginia before he became a
tobacco planter himself. One of the African indentured servants who worked Johnson's 300 acre plot of land was John
Casor. When Casor had completed his seven year term of service to Johnson, he asked to be freed. Johnson refused.
[...] Casor became the first legally recognized slave in the American colonies. Johnson, then, was the first slave owner.
'Confident Ignorance' At Root Of His Failure. His statement in "Dreams from My Father" about how white men went to Africa
to "drag away the conquered in chains" betrays his ignorance of African history. The era of the Atlantic slave trade and the era
of European conquests across the continent of Africa were different eras. During the era of the Atlantic slave trade, most of
Africa was ruled by Africans, who sold some of their slaves to white men. European conquests in Africa had to wait until
Europeans found some way to survive lethal African diseases, to which they lacked resistance. Only after medical science
learned to deal with these diseases could the era of European conquests spread across sub-Saharan Africa. But the Atlantic
slave trade was over by then.
Scapegoat for Strife in the Black Community. No one wanted to be a slave. But their
rejection of slavery as a fate for themselves in no way meant that they were unwilling to enslave
others. It was just not an issue — until the 18th century, and then it became an issue
only in Western civilization. Neither Africans, Asians, Polynesians, nor the indigenous peoples of
the Western Hemisphere saw anything wrong with slavery, even after small segments of British and American
societies began to condemn slavery as morally wrong in the 18th century. What was special about
America was not that it had slavery, which existed all over the world, but that Americans were among
the very few peoples who began to question the morality of holding human beings in bondage.
The Myths of American
Slavery. [Scroll down] So how are 21st Century citizens of the United States obliged to "finally wrestle" with, in this case, the long-ago
deaths of Africans who were enslaved by other Africans, forcefully driven for many miles through a Mozambique port and on to a Portuguese slave
ship bound for Brazil, while the descendants of all those who actually participated in this event are allowed to be wistfully unconcerned and
guilt-free? You see, Mr. Bunch is wrong on one key point. Slavery is not everybody's story — it must remain exclusively a story
for the United States and its people. Only we are required to bear the indelible stain of this country's original sin — and it appears
those who entered or will enter here assume this mantle of guilt themselves a century-and-a-half after the institution of slavery was ended.
It is a scab that must be picked at incessantly — not out of any real concern for those who suffered centuries ago, but to gain
political advantage today.
of 45.8 Million Enslaved People Underestimates Problem, Offers Wrong Solution. The Australia-based Walk Free
Foundation released its annual Global Slavery Index on May 31, stating that an estimated 45.8 million people live in modern
versions of slavery. The organization said that its latest figures are about 28 percent higher than its last estimate two
years ago. A commentary on the report in the New York Times observed that its definition of slavery differs from the
historical one — in which people were held as legal property. Modern slavery, notes the Times, "is generally
defined as human trafficking, forced labor, bondage from indebtedness, forced or servile marriage or commercial sexual exploitation."
The Walk Free Foundation's report said more than half of those living in what it defines as "modern day slavery" are in five countries:
India, with 18.35 million, China, with 3.39 million, Pakistan, 2.13 million, Bangladesh, 1.53 million, and Uzbekistan,
1.23 million. The report also found that North Korea, which is ruled by an oppressive communist regime, has the highest per capita
level of modern slavery, at 4.37 percent of its population.
we should welcome a real trial about slave reparations. For the past fifteen or so years, there has been a
movement among some liberals to require that the descendents of former slaves be paid for the suffering of their
ancestors. Conservatives have railed against this transfer of wealth, saying (rightly, one should add) that a person or
entity cannot be held responsible for the actions of another person who has been dead for over 150 years. Lloyd's of
London was sued in 2004 by a group of descendents of African slaves, and the British court system ruled against their claim.
There have been other claims made by the descendents of African slaves. All of these have been laughed out of court.
Conservatives also claim (again, correctly) that offering reparations helps to keep poorer African-Americans in a perpetual state
of victimhood. But conservatives should not only welcome the concept of a reparations trial, we should also be championing it.
and the Confederacy. Last July, Anthony Hervey, an outspoken black advocate for the Confederate flag, was killed in a car
crash. Arlene Barnum, a surviving passenger in the vehicle, told authorities and the media that they had been forced off the road
by a carload of "angry young black men" after Hervey, while wearing his Confederate kepi, stopped at a convenience store en route
to his home in Oxford, Mississippi. His death was in no small part caused by the gross level of ignorance, organized deceit and
anger about the War of 1861. Much of the ignorance stems from the fact that most Americans believe the war was initiated to free
slaves, when in truth, freeing slaves was little more than an afterthought.
Eric Dyson Calls for Whites to Have an I.R.A. — 'Individual Reparations Account'. Professor Michael
Eric Dyson thinks that white people should have an "Individual Reparations Account" to make donations to black institutions
Clarke: For 8 Years Obama Has 'Rubbed White Peoples' Nose in the Stain of Slavery' — He Can't Let Go. In reference
to the horrendous number of homicides in Chicago and President Barack Obama's pracice of dividing people by race, Milwaukee County Sheriff David
Clarke said Black Lives Matter never marches in Chicago and Obama, for eight years, has been rubbing "white people's nose in the stain of slavery"
because he cannot let the issue go, and wants America to wallow in racial division. On the Dec. 28 edition of Hannity, guest host
Kimberly Guilfoyle said, "Sheriff Clarke, always great to see you, too. We have numbers here. Chicago murders since 2009 —
3,904 lives lost, and these numbers come from the Chicago police department. It's unbelievable. It's a war right here on our streets
in this country."
I Can't Pursue Reparations Because It's Politically Infeasible. President Barack Obama said in an interview
published Wednesday that reparations payments for black Americans could be a good idea but simply aren't politically
feasible. Speaking with The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates, Obama said that it's easy to make an argument for reparations
for black Americans because of past sins like slavery and Jim Crow laws.
Activists Launch Monthly Fee System For Whites To Pay Blacks. Liberal black activists have launched a monthly
"subscription box" designed for white people "to not only financially support Black femme freedom fighters, but also complete
measurable tasks in the fight against white supremacy." The subscription service is called Safety Pin Box and was launched
last week. Wearing a safety pin has recently become a symbol within the liberal community for one to show solidarity
Chair Favorite Keith Ellison Supports Bill To 'Study Reparation Proposals'. Rep. Keith Ellison of
Minnesota is making headlines after announcing his bid for chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Ellison
already has strong support from Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Harry Reid. Some have said Ellison's
own identity as an African-American and a Muslim would be a strong statement for the Democratic Party under the upcoming Donald
Trump administration. He previously advocated for, and is reportedly a "passionate supporter" of H.R. 40:
Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, co-sponsored by Michigan Rep. John Coyners Jr.
and United Nations catch reparations fever. In Obama's post-racial utopian America, racial tensions have
reached levels not seen since the 1960s, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by Democrats and their globalist buddies at the
United Nations. Earlier this week, the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent released a
report advocating that the United States provide reparations to African-Americans due to a history of slavery in America, and
how that links to present so-called injustices against black Americans.
owes black people reparations for a history of 'racial terrorism,' says U.N. panel. The history of slavery in
the United States justifies reparations for African Americans, argues a recent report by a U.N.-affiliated group based in
Geneva. This conclusion was part of a study by the United Nations' Working Group of Experts on People of African
Descent, a body that reports to the international organization's High Commissioner on Human Rights. The group of
experts, which includes leading human rights lawyers from around the world, presented its findings to the United Nations
Human Rights Council on Monday [9/26/2016], pointing to the continuing link between present injustices and the dark
chapters of American history.
Panel: U.S. Owes Black People Reparations for History of Slavery. A United Nations-affiliated group in
Geneva is calling for the U.S. to give African Americans reparations for the country's history of slavery, according to a
recent report by the group. The group's statement was part of a study by the United Nations' Working Group of Experts
on People of African Descent, a group that reports to the international organization's High Commissioner on Human Rights,
The Washington Post reported. The group of experts, made up of leading human rights lawyers from around the
world, presented its findings about the link between the U.S.'s history of slavery and present injustices, such as the recent
police shootings of African Americans to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday [9/26/2016].
Woman Launches 'Reparations' Website For Guilty White People. A new website allows non-white people to ask for
and receive "reparations" from white people, more often than not in the form of a financial windfall: free laptops, tuition
for Ivy League schools, an engagement ring and credit assistance are a few examples of reparations requested, offered or already
paid out on the site. Reparations.me, founded by a black woman named Natasha Marin, has a Craigslist-like layout where
non-white people post their requests for reparations from white people. White people can fulfill requests as well as post
their own offers of reparations.
Walrus Admits She Only Wants Their Money. Want to know what the BLM thugs think about their white allies?
This one says she only wants to use white allies to drain their bank accounts, says that every single possession or cultural
aspect whites own was stolen — she claims that literally everything white people have should be given away
Demands Reparations for All 'Fat, Black' Women. According to a piece on an "intersectional feminist media"
website, "fat, black" women are owed reparations due to the "trauma" that comes with being one. [...] It's important to note
that [Ashleigh] Shackleford is not just some random basement blogger. She is also the creator of an organization called
Free Figure Revolution, and a respected feminist activist who speaks at a whole host of progressive conferences and events.
The Editor says...
If this woman is fat and black, whose fault is that? Who is supposed to write a check for reparations that are allegedly
owed to her? Should the reparations check include a few extra bucks for those who are ugly and stupid, too?
The American descendants of African slaves are way ahead of their cousins who stayed in Africa.
threatens Malawi albinos with extinction: UN expert. Malawi's estimated 10,000 albinos face "systematic
extinction" if they continue to be murdered for their body parts for use in witchcraft, a UN expert warned Friday
[4/29/2016]. Ikponwosa Ero told journalists at the end of a 12-day assessment in the country that the situation
"constitutes an emergency, a crisis disturbing in its proportions". Her call for action came as a court in Malawi
slapped a 17-year jail term on two men arrested last week for murdering a 21-year-old albino woman.
Says He'll Apologize For Slavery. He Should Start By Apologizing For Socialism. [Scroll down]
Sanders thinks he has a shot at the nomination if he can just pry enough black support away from Hillary. So he'll say
anything, including imputing pro-slavery motivations to his opponents. In reality, of course, the president apologizing
for slavery 150 years after its conclusion only exacerbates racial tensions by reinforcing the notion that America is
irredeemably racist; Sanders' protestations that he wants to "wipe the slate clean" are nonsense. Teaching yet another
generation of young black people that America was born in sin and raised in evil and bears a stain that will never be washed
away — all of that will do nothing to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own lives. But
Sanders doesn't want individuals taking responsibility for their own lives. It's government's job to take responsibility
for everybody's life — to seize from them their property and their labor for its own ends. Which, come to
think of it, sounds a lot more like involuntary servitude than freedom.
Glover: 'Societies Must Apologize' for Slavery with Reparations. Actor and activist Danny Glover called on
international leaders to "apologize" for the enslavement of African-Americans in the past through reparations for
descendants. "I call upon you today as policy representatives and socially conscious citizens, public servants of our
countries guided by personal ethics, religions, faith and/or official oath of office to avow a commitment to democracy,
justice, equality and human rights. The call today for reparatory justice for Afro-descendants is an imperative for
expanded democracy and spiritual and material well-being. It is a test case for human decency that conforms to the
accepted standards of morality," Glover said in a speech before the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States
(OAS) on "Reparations for Slavery and the Genocide of Native Peoples."
'Yes' I'd apologize for slavery and I'd make reparations by investing in low-income communities. Bernie Sanders
committed tonight to formally apologizing for slavery on behalf of the United States if he becomes president. Sanders
told heavily black audience that Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, 'There's nothing that anybody can do to undo the
deaths and misery, how many people we don't even know who died on the way over here in the ships.' But the United States
has to make an attempt to 'wipe the slate clean' by acknowledging the truth, he said after an audience member asked him point
blank if he'd offer a presidential-level apology and he said, 'Yes.'
Trillion in Reparations. It is a given that blacks receive government checks at a higher rate than the rest of
the population. It is also a logical given that this is unfair to the rest of the population as this makes the rest of the
population at least "part time slaves" to blacks (though anybody paying taxes is a slave to anybody else collecting a government
check regardless of race). [...] The math is actually quite simple. According to the Daily Kos of all people,
blacks account for 32% of welfare recipients while only accounting for 12% of the population. You would then think they
receive thrice the amount of money they should, but it is not proportional math that is required here, but a "premium"
calculation. In short, blacks are entitled to 12% of the social spending budget, but receive an additional 20%.
Sanders confronted by supporters demanding slavery reparations as he courts the black vote. Bernie Sanders was repeatedly pressed to endorse reparations
tonight by his own supporters at a 'Black America' community forum. 'I know you're scared to say 'black,' I know you're scared to say 'reparations,' panelist Felicia
Perry said, then told him, 'Can you please talk specifically about black people and reparations?' Sanders replied, 'You and I may have a disagreement on this,' but
'it's not just black. This is Latinos. There are areas of America, more rural areas where its whites, OK? As he talked about income inequality and poverty
in the 'African-American community an audience member interrupted to urge him to use the term 'black.' 'I've said 'black' 50 times. That's the 51st,'
group recommends 'reparatory justice' for African Americans. A United Nations working group visiting the United
States walks away "extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African Americans," members said in a preliminary
report released Friday [1/29/2016], in which they urged the US government to address the legacy of slavery with "reparatory
justice," a national human rights commission, and ongoing criminal justice reform.
absurdity of demanding reparations for slavery. Slavery was the normal form of social organization from the
discovery of agriculture onwards. It may have been common among hunter-gatherers long before that, but the evidence is
inconclusive. What we do know is that ownership of human beings is at least as old as civilization.
Chomsky calls for reparations to blacks, Native Americans, Iraq. Stating flatly that the oppression black
slaves faced has not changed in 400 years, progressive hero Noam Chomsky said that the time is now to pay descendants
reparations for using Africans to build up the U.S. economy.
Woman Asks 'White Friends' to Pay for Her
Therapy to Deal with Stress from Racism. A 29-year-old Thai-Cambodian woman has launched a fundraiser asking her "white
friends" to pay for her therapy — claiming that they owe it to her because stress caused by racism is why she needs it
in the first place. Rinna Rem is from the Portland, Ore., area and suffers from a chronic illness that affects the heart and
connective tissues called "Marfan syndrome." According to Rem, the condition is much worse for her because of all of the racism.
used to count black Americans as 3/5 of a person. For reparations, give them 5/3 of a vote. Thanks to a
compromise between Southern slaveholders who wanted enslaved blacks counted in the population, for the sake of boosting
Southern congressional representation, and Northern whites who didn't, the framers enshrined the three-fifths clause in the
Constitution. This agreement set the census value of a slave as 60 percent of the value of a free person.
Even after the 13th Amendment neutralized the political (and moral) compromise by abolishing slavery, Jim Crow laws,
which contravened the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equality, stopped blacks from voting. The just answer today
is to invert that ratio. If black Americans were once counted as three-fifths of a person, let each African American
voter now count as five-thirds.
The Editor says...
Yes, anyone who was ever a slave and was counted as three fifths of a person should qualify for 5/3 votes.
No such person is still alive today. This sort of idea only appeals to those who turn to the government to solve
all their real and imaginary problems. If your great-great-grandfather was a slave, how does that make your life
any more difficult, and does it diminish the value of your vote? Is that more of a limiting factor than your
absentee father? A greater problem with this idea makes the whole thing impossible to implement: There
are very few U.S. citizens who are genuine African-Americans, that is, a person who was born in Africa and now lives
here. There are those whose ancestors lived in Africa, but who have never lived in Africa. Most so-called
African-Americans have never been to Africa, know nothing factual about Africa, can't name half the countries in Africa,
and don't even know which African country their relatives came from. Reparations is a can of worms we need not
open, since there is no shortage of divisive controversy already.
I've Had Enough:
How About You? I am tired of slavery. My family never owned any, I never lived through
it and no one alive has either. If there are reparations to be paid, they won't get a dime from me.
The first slaveholder in America was a black man and the slaves were rounded up by blacks in Africa and sold to
him by Muslims. Ask those people to pay.
Slavery still exists in other parts of the world.
Women in the Islamic State Caliphate. The Islamic State recently sold 42 Yazidi girls
to its jihadist fighters. However, they have been sold for different prices in different places,
mostly very cheaply. In order to highlight how poorly the Islamic State values women, Clarion
Project presents some prices of consumer goods in the United States by way of comparison. The 42
Yazidi girls were sold by ISIS in Syria. The prettier the woman, the more expensive she is.
Blue-eyed girls are priced higher than less 'exotic' girls.
Of Blacks Due To Government, Not Racism. Hustlers and people with little understanding
want us to believe that today's black problems are the continuing result of a legacy of slavery,
poverty and racial discrimination. The fact is that most of the social pathology seen in poor
black neighborhoods is entirely new in black history.
Movement Is Getting Out Of Hand. Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens thinks
suspected terrorists housed at Guantanamo are entitled to "reparations." It's part of a long
emerging line of claims from the left that's toxic for society. Stevens is not alone in thinking
the U.S. did something wrong for its long war on people trying to kill us, and that taxpayers need
to shell out. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf left the door open to U.S. reparations for
Gitmo's finest at a press conference last Friday when asked about claims that four of the six
ex-inmates now walking free in Uruguay have made against Uncle Sam for their detention.
Paul Stevens says some Guantanamo Bay detainees should be given reparations. Retired
Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens said this week that the government should compensate
detainees still being held at Guantanamo Bay even after authorities determined that they did not
pose a threat to the United States. Stevens's call to give reparations to dozens of detainees at
the U.S. military detention center in Cuba comes as the Pentagon is racing to move these inmates ahead
of possible congressional action that could restrict transfers.
High Schools Coordinate "Unity Riot" — Social Media Plans For Students To Converge On
Downtown. White Homeowners around the Baltimore community are now subject to home
invasions by mobs of blacks seeking reparations.
Set To Push For 'Slavery Reparations' In 2016. New reports have suggested that Obama
is preparing to push for slavery reparations in 2016. This shocking plan was revealed by Fox
Business News host Charles Payne during Thursday's [4/16/2015] episode of Making Money.
Business Network's Charles Payne: Obama Will Push for Slavery Reparations in 2016.
During a segment on his Fox Business Network show Making Money, host Charles Payne said that
he thinks Obama is making ready for a big push to pay billions in slavery reparations in 2016.
Caribbean Calls for Slavery
Reparations Summit. Representatives from the Caribbean Community Reparations Commission and
the U.S. National African American Reparations Commission plan to call for a Global Summit of Reparations
Commissions for 2017 to discuss demands for redress of the crimes of slavery and segregation. The
Institute of the Black World 21st Century said Tuesday the call emerged from last week's International
Reparations Summit in New York City.
Years Later, Democrats Are Still Fighting Efforts to End Slavery. The Democratic Party
is the Party of Slavery. They are the party that decided to secede from the Union. They are the
party that started a Civil War over the right to treat people as property. They are the party that,
once their side lost the war, set up structures to keep American citizens from exercising their civil
rights. And now, 150 years after the Civil War, the Democratic Party is at it again.
Greatest Contribution To The United States Was Slavery. Our dear leader loves to talk
about how Islam has been in the fabric of our nation since its birth. My Colleague Ted Shoebat has
talked about the Barbary Pirate wars, but prior to the American Revolution the Arab Muslims of North
Africa biggest economic trade was to supply Slaves all over the world of which about 5% of all
African slaves ended up here in the USA/Colonies with the majority going to Central and South
America as well as slaves in the Middle East and India. Obama obvious hates those white rich land
owners, the founders of America who enslaved Black people and were evil, but he conveniently omits
the suppliers of the slaves were mostly Arab Muslims, and still today the overwhelming majority of
slavery that is prevalent today is promoted and controlled by Muslims. The ugly head of sex
slavery is now prevalent with ISIS, but is is rampant and has been even before this but rarely
covered by the media. Muslims prior to the industrial revolution never provided squat to
the fabric of America, you cannot find anything they did to contribute to America's greatness.
the progressive myths'. Also, though I knew there were some, there were actually
thousands of black slave owners (in fact the first slave owner in the colonies was black) and in
states like Louisiana, the number of black masters equalled the number of white slave owners. In
addition, many countries over history have endured slavery, but we are the only one to have fought
a war to end it, a war that resulted in the death of 350,000 Northern soldiers. Mr. D'Souza does
a masterful job of debunking the progressive myths that paint the noble concept that is America as
a force of evil that must be destroyed and reinvented in the progressive image of equality. The
truth of our history — a truth that is no longer told in our schools — is presented.
The Democratic Party freak show sinks to new
depths. [Scroll down] The Democratic Party is, however, clearly under the control and influence of a hardcore anti-American ideology.
Last night a video was played at the Democratic National Convention in which the Democrats proudly proclaimed that "government is the only thing we all belong
to" in an effort to justify an ever expanding state that intrudes into more and more areas of ordinary folks' lives. Seriously? They want people
to be slaves to the government? The Democrats were, of course, the party of slavery. It was the Republican, Abraham Lincoln, who freed the
slaves and Republican votes that forced through the civil rights reforms in the 1960s against Democrat opposition.
Slavery did not begin or end in the United States.
A Map of the World's Slave Workforce.
According to a new estimate, there are 30 million forced laborers in the world. Some reports show they're involved in making everything from iPhones to chocolate.
The Race Card Is Still Maxed Out.
An 1866 report compiled under the direction of Provost Marshal General James B. Fry estimated that
279,689 men in the Union forces died during the Civil War. The toll was raised to 360,222 by the
late 19th century, when widows and orphans brought forward information when applying for pensions
and survivors' benefits. By 1870, the Census Superintendent, Francis Amasa Walker, was arguing even
that number was too low because many of those discharged died shortly after the war, as a result of
war-related diseases and wounds. [...] For those with an ongoing agenda, such numbers apparently have
nothing to do with "America's maturation," but I'm guessing that more than a few descendants of people
who gave their lives to re-constitute a slave-free union, might be a tad dismissive of a multi-generational
shakedown. For me, it's a much simpler issue: legions of Americans with no relationship whatsoever
to slavery paying off people who were never victims of it, is absurd.
Reparations Seriously. [Scroll down] Well, if the model is
retribution — punishing wrongdoers — then reparations are clearly a
non-starter. The wrongdoers are dead, to start with. Then, there's the little matter of the Civil
War, which meted out quite a bit of punishment to the slave-owning portion of the country. The
statute of limitations isn't terribly relevant given that we're not talking about crimes that
violated a statute in the first place; nonetheless, we are ultimately talking about harms that
were inflicted generations ago.
Yes, I Blame White
Liberals. To all you liberal college professors and intellectuals who say blacks are still
suffering the psychological repercussions of slavery, please knock it off. You evil race hustlers
are all about exploiting the goodness and fair-mindedness of the American people. Slavery happened
a gazillion years ago. Get over it.
Slavery Gives Us 'Responsibility' To Not Ban Flights From Liberia. David Quammen, an
author of multiple books on science and diseases, including "Ebola," and "Spillover," argued against
a ban on flights to Liberia by stating the US has a "responsibility" to the nation "given the fact
that this is a country that was founded in the 1820s, 1830s because of American slavery" on Thursday's
[10/2/2014] "AC360" on CNN.
Why Reparations Wouldn't Work.
Reparations probably wouldn't accomplish what they're meant to do: Place black Americans on a permanently raised economic plateau,
one near that of white Americans. Statistics about the economic disparities of these two groups are grim, and shocking:
As of 2012, for instance, the median household net worth of white Americans was more than twenty times that of blacks. Median
adjusted household income for blacks is only 59 percent of that for whites. The reparations plans that have been suggested,
however, would work a lot like lotteries.
County commissioners unwittingly back slavery reparations. The Dallas County
Commissioners Court declared Tuesday that African-Americans deserve reparations for slavery, even
though most commissioners didn't seem to know that they were doing so. The issue arose in a
resolution written by John Wiley Price, the county's only black commissioner. Described only as a
"Juneteenth Resolution," it was approved unanimously. Other commissioners admitted after their
meeting Tuesday [6/17/2014] that they hadn't read the document before voting for it. Commissioner
Mike Cantrell, the court's lone Republican, later changed his vote to an abstention.
The Editor says...
I don't believe for one second that the Dallas County commissioners voted "unwittingly" for reparations.
and the Great Unmentionable. Call it American history à la carte.
Over at the Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates, the magazine's national correspondent, has written a long and
instructive piece titled "The Case for Reparations." In which Coates supports Congressman John
Conyers's H.R. 40, the Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act.
Let me start here by saying I don't doubt Mr. Coates's sincerity. And since one of his objectives
is doubtless to launch a serious discussion on the issue of race and specifically the issue of
reparations, I'm happy to oblige. This is a long and serious article. Yet for all of the facts
and passion, Coates never gets around to the Great Unmentionable. [...] What is the pattern
here — a very telling pattern? Everything was perpetrated by some vague "Mississippi"
or, when named, a collection of people with titles like "governor" (Vardaman) or "senator" (Bilbo
and Calhoun) or "Red Shirts" or "Klansmen" or just plain "Woodrow Wilson." The Great Unmentionable
in the Coates article is... the Democratic Party. Progressives. Democratic political fortunes were
built on racial politics.
Call To Reparations Is A Dangerous Call To Victimhood. Ta-Nehisi Coates' essay, The
Case for Reparations, has been published to great fanfare. By journalistic standards it is a
massive tome which does not deliver on the promise of "groundbreaking" original content.
Nevertheless, in light of the noisy discussion the article has generated, it is worth examining the
article's actual content and considering its merits. [...] One major problem with Coates' essay is
that he says very little about reparations as such. His focus is almost entirely on documenting
injustices done, and instilling an appreciation for black Americans' contributions. As interesting
as that might be, it sheds almost no light on the weirdness of trying to make up for centuries of
oppression through one grand act of expiation.
and the Moral Repugnance of Collective Guilt. You've no doubt seen Ta-Nehisi Coates'
15,000 word article in The Altantic, making the case for slavery reparations. I've always
enjoyed reading Coates — a brilliant writer, and not one to march in lock step with
anyone. But Mr. Coates has gone off the rails with his advocacy for reparations.
Reparations Rhetoric. Ta-Nehisi Coates' Atlantic cover piece last week, "The Case for
Reparations," is an attempt to bring back a soggy and discarded set of ideas, dressed up to look like new.
The article is the latest installment of the intellectual left's current flavor of the month: the idea
that historical injustices run so deeply in our society that only their victims can fathom just how profoundly
they affect society. The implication, for everyone else, is that any contributions they might make to the
discussion on those injustices are limited, prejudiced, and unworthy of serious consideration. This idea
has enjoyed a resurgence this year, particularly on college campuses.
Carribbean Adopts Plan to Seek Slavery
Reparations. Leaders of Caribbean nations on Monday unanimously adopted a broad plan on seeking reparations from European
nations for what they say are the lingering ill effects of the Atlantic slave trade on the region.
consider push for slavery reparations. More than 150 years after European colonial powers abolished
slavery, a coalition of Caribbean nations is considering legal action to seek a formal apology and monetary compensation.
Caribbean leaders meeting next week in St. Vincent are expected to study a broad legal outline for the reparations claim prepared
by a British law firm.
Black Skin Privilege.
Under the banner of "leveling the playing field," the rules of the game have been systematically rigged — against whites and in favor of
blacks. Speaking for the dominant culture in our universities, and for the U.S. Supreme Court's majority, Columbia University law
professor Patricia Williams, who is black, explains: "If the modern white man, innocently or not, is the inheritor of another's due,
then it must be returned." (Innocent or not!) Attorney General Eric Holder is of a similar mind.
Slavery may be illegal in the U.S., but apparently it still exists.
Diplomat Used Slave on U.S. Soil for Years. The African nation of Tanzania was finally held accountable for allowing a diplomat who enslaved
an African woman on U.S. soil to return home. The diplomat had reportedly been operating at high levels of government. Alan Mzengi was found
to be liable for a $1 million civil judgement for forcing a young woman to live and work against her will as a domestic servant on U.S. soil.
The judgement came in 2008 after the woman escaped from four years of slavery. She had been kept against her will by the diplomat and forced
to be a domestic servant for no pay. The diplomat fled back to Tanzania in order to avoid consequences for forcibly enslaving the African woman.
It's the 21st century and the Muslims still engage in slavery.
princess arrested for human trafficking in California. A Saudi princess has been arrested for human trafficking in Southern California.
42-year-old Meshael Alayban allegedly held a Kenyan domestic worker against her will and forced her to work in the princess' condominium in Irvine.
Thirty million people are slaves, half in India:
survey. Some 30 million people are enslaved worldwide, trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labor, victims of debt bondage or
even born into servitude, a global index on modern slavery showed on Thursday [10/17/2013].
Michelle Obama's Black Reparation
Junket. Michelle Obama has been capitalizing on her status as a descendant of slaves. Her latest junket to Ireland
shows she is definitely enjoying the 21st-century benefits of the transatlantic slave trade her radical friends in Chicago refer to as
"genocide" by white Americans. According to the First Couple's pals, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Rahm Emanuel, and
Dr. Conrad W. Worrill of Northeastern University, white Americans should monetarily compensate black Americans for past slavery.
The four, along with others, have been pushing reparations legislation since 1987.
Conyers Reintroduces Reparations Effort.
Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) introduced two reparations resolutions on the first day of the 113th Congress.
The Anniversary that Wasn't There.
A sesquicentennial is a really big deal! A century and a half ago, something happened that affects us today. So why was the
abolition of slavery in the United States (if that isn't a big deal, what is?) worthy of almost no attention when it marked its
sesquicentennial on January first, 2013? In the words on MLK, Jr, "Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are
free at last," yet there were no celebrations of freedom in the black community.
The Editor says...
Blacks apparently would prefer to play the role of perpetual victims, rather
than celebrate their costly freedom.
Claus Gives You 90 More Days To Collect Your $50,000 Reparations Check. No, you don't need a potted plant and you don't even to be black
or even Hispanic; as long as you are a woman (or related to one) and you fill out the forms correctly, you can collect the money because nobody will
verify your information. [...] Legally, nobody CAN verify any information; the law was written to make it impossible for the people looking at the
claim forms to verify that their information is correct.
Would Obama Support Reparations in a Second
Term? In Barack Obama's second term, the president will ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and sign
onto the United Nations Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous People in order to impose slavery reparation, says a new report. Danette
Clark, author of the report, said that far from being an obscure conspiracy theory, the reparation movement is a part of the two main tenants
of Obama's political philosophy: social justice and income redistribution.
Agenda: Obama's religion of reparations. Three years into his presidency, with a possible second term looming, Obama needs to answer the
question again. Where does he stand on reparations? The truth is the Obama administration has worked nonstop in the last three years to implement
reparations, in one form or another. Whether through free health care, education and housing, or spreading the wealth around through entitlement programs,
reparations appear to be President Obama's first order of business.
The Underclass. A "legacy of slavery" surely cannot
explain problems among blacks, unless we assume it skips whole generations. In my book "Race and Economics", I cite studies showing that in New
York City in 1925, 85 percent of black households were two-parent households. In 1880 in Philadelphia, three-quarters of black families were
composed of two parents and children. [...] Today just over 30 percent of black children enjoy two-parent families. Both during slavery
and as late as 1920, a black teenage girl's raising a child without a man present was rare.
How the end of slavery led to starvation and death for millions
of black Americans: Hundreds of thousands of slaves freed during the American civil war died from disease and hunger after being
liberated, according to a new book. The analysis, by historian Jim Downs of Connecticut College, casts a shadow over one of the most celebrated
narratives of American history, which sees the freeing of the slaves as a triumphant righting of the wrongs of a southern plantation system that kept
millions of black Americans in chains. But, as Downs shows in his book, Sick From Freedom, the reality of emancipation during the chaos
of war and its bloody aftermath often fell brutally short of that positive image. Instead, freed slaves were often neglected by union soldiers
or faced rampant disease, including horrific outbreaks of smallpox and cholera. Many of them simply starved to death.
Islam in Africa:
There never was, and never could be, a Muslim Wilberforce. Why not? Because Muhammad had slaves.
It doesn't matter if he "treated them well" as apologists for Islam suggest. He had slaves, and because
Muhammad is the Model for All Time, uswa hasana (a phrase that occurs three times in the Qur'an, twice applied
to Abraham, once applied to Muhammad), The Perfect Man (al-insan al-kamil), his practice, the "sunna" of the
Arabs of the seventh-century, can never be declared wrong. And that is why the Arabs most faithful to
Islam, the Saudis, refused to abolish slavery, and finally did so only under enormous Western pressure, in
1962, when OPEC had not yet been formed, and oil revenues not nearly as dramatic as they are today.
Leaders Demand Slave Reparations at the United Nations. The reparations racket has been around
for years. It has attracted a motley bunch — from jive-talking hustlers to erudite professors
of academic disciplines like African-American history and post-colonial studies. But only in recent years
have whole countries joined the reparations racket. Besides having large black populations, they share
common traits: leftist leaders, ailing economies, and a host of anti-Western grievances propagated by
U.N.-Backed Summit Seeks
'Social Justice' for African Descendants. The event is part of the United Nations-declared International
Year of African Descendants. "This International Year of African Descendants provides an opportunity to right
historical wrongs: in health, education, poverty, land rights, jobs, and financial credit for economic and social
progress," said Pan American Health Organization Director Mirta Roses in a news release.
Separated Themselves from America. Whatever else Martin Luther King had on his agenda, his words
of "judging the content of character, not the color on one's skin," resonated with Americans then and now.
Those words summed up the entire perception I had of his struggle for equal rights. Those words are what
I thought the struggle was about. I now realize that King's words don't represent the dream of the
majority of blacks in America. I say that because those words are not what blacks have attempted to
achieve. The goal post shifted from those words. King's marches and speeches have become a
platform for angry blacks to achieve both reparations and an elevated status that's far more divisive
The Constitution Did
Not Condone Slavery. James Madison explained why there was no mention of slavery in the
Constitution. The framers were unwilling to admit in the federal charter that there could be property
in men. The idea that our Constitution "condoned" slavery and was therefore an immoral document unworthy
of being viewed with reverence is a stock liberal claim. It is false.
The history of slavery across the centuries and in many countries around the world is a painful history to
read — not only in terms of how slaves have been treated, but because of what that says about
the whole human species — because slaves and enslavers alike have been of every race, religion,
and nationality. If the history of slavery ought to teach us anything, it is that human beings cannot
be trusted with unbridled power over other human beings — no matter what color or creed any of
Reparations: A Dead Issue, and Well-Deserved. Even Professor Henry Gates is now being
honest about the impossible complexity and moral fog of the once championed progressive idea.
hailed as 'Muslim martyr'. [Scroll down] What these groups say is that any killing
of whites, including in this case Clemmons' cold-blooded murder of officers Renninger, Owens, Griswald,
and Richards, is "a legitimate protest". Black Male Felon celebrates the killings as "Brother
Maurice Clemmons' daring stand against white police terrorism." The theme of National Black Foot
Soldiers is captured in the slogan: "When whites pay reparations there will be no more black on
Apology. Last month, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 26 "Apologizing for the
enslavement and racial segregation of African-Americans." The resolution ends with: "Disclaimer —
Nothing in this resolution (a) authorizes or supports any claim against the United States; or (b) serves as a settlement
of any claim against the United States." That means Congress apologizes but is not going to pay reparations, as
least for now. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have expressed concerns about the disclaimer, thinking
that it's an attempt to stave off reparations claims from the descendants of slaves.
Reparations for slavery: The
problem, of course, is both slaves as well as their owners are all dead. Thus, punishing perpetrators and
compensating victims is out of the hands of the living. Reparations advocates, however, want today's
blacks to be compensated for the suffering of our ancestors.
The Founding Fathers and
Slavery: Even though the issue of slavery is often raised as a discrediting charge against the
Founding Fathers, the historical fact is that slavery was not the product of, nor was it an evil introduced
by, the Founding Fathers.
The truth about
slavery: By describing the United States as "a nation founded by slave owners," the Arkansas
resolution suggested unique brutality in our national origins. The real challenge, however, would be
to name another nation not founded by slave owners — considering the universal, timeless and
unquestioned acceptance of slavery as an inevitable element of the human condition.
Obama and the Drive for Slavery
Reparations. Barack Obama is the most radical candidate ever to stand at the precipice of acquiring his
party's presidential nomination and the American presidency. It is apparent that he is a member of an international
socialist movement which hopes to use the United Nations as a vehicle to shake down U.S. taxpayers for trillions of dollars
in slavery reparations. One group, the African World Reparations and Repatriation Truth Commission, is demanding an
astronomical $777 trillion.
Reparations Model. While some question the impact of preaching from the pulpit of Trinity
United Church of Christ on Senator Obama's thinking, the influence of one of Trinity's most recommended
authors on Obama is clear. Three of Randall Robinson's books are available for purchase on Trinity's
website. One, entitled "The Debt: What America Owes To Blacks," is particularly important to
understanding Obama's notion of reparations. So who is Randall Robinson?
Apology for Slavery. The Senate unanimously passed a resolution yesterday apologizing for slavery, making way
for a joint congressional resolution and the latest attempt by the federal government to take responsibility for
2½ centuries of slavery.
Apologizing For Slavery —
Again? The horrors of chattel slavery remain unimaginable for most of us who never suffered them,
and it's never wrong to express regret for such a regretful institution. But why is the Senate apologizing
Should blacks get reparations? "You
wonder why we didn't do it 100 years ago," said Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, after the Senate voted June 18 to
endorse a national apology for slavery. ... But one reason why we have waited so long has to do with what many
advocates of the apology regard as the necessary next step — reparations to African-Americans by the federal
government. Significantly, that's a step the Senate's apology resolution refused to take.
Reparations. While he was an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama told a Chicago radio show host that
he sought "major redistributive change" for the benefit of fellow blacks. He was speaking in the context of the
civil rights movement, and how it had fallen short of "economic justice." Although John McCain and other
Republicans are afraid to say it, his remarks can only be interpreted to mean one thing: economic
reparations for slavery.
Slavery ... until the end of time.
Slavery had a sustained history in places like Ghana and Mali long before Europeans began trading in African slaves.
Slave societies were common throughout the continent. Sometimes slavers got caught in their own nets, as in the case
of Abd Rahman Ibrahima.
Black Slaveowners: During this
country's period of slavery, many freed blacks worked for years to purchase the freedom of family members. But a great
many freemen became slave masters themselves, and for the same reason as whites — to make use of slave labor for
the sake of profits. Larry Koger writes, "By and large, Negro slaveowners were darker copies of their white
Reparations and Victimization: There
is no single group responsible for the crime of slavery. In the period between 650 AD and 1600, before any Western
involvement, somewhere between 3 million and 10 million Africans were bought by Muslim slavers for use in Saharan
societies and the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. There was also an internal slave trade, which took place for centuries,
beginning back in the 7th century and persists to this very day in places like Sudan and Mauritania, and other sub-Saharan
African societies. Second, only a tiny minority of white Americans ever owned slaves.
Barack Obama and Slavery:
When the story of slavery is told in America, as in the movie Roots, the sailors get off the boats and
capture the Africans and make them slaves. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. When the white slaver showed up in
his wooden ship, he made a business deal with a Muslim wholesaler.
Black Reparations: The Ultimate Prize.
In the years much closer to slavery than we now live, blacks founded and ran their own towns, owned and prospered on millions
of dollars worth of land, formed so many successful businesses that it necessitated formation of the National Negro Business
League, directed their own schools and colleges — all of this long before the 1950s. Yet now, according to
the custodians of the race, the "residue" of the slave experience pierces so deeply into the psyches and immediate lives of
blacks, that only more monetary resources from whites can heal the wounds and finally eliminate what these worthies are
calling the "lingering negative effects" of slavery.
Africa ain't that great.
You should be glad you don't live in Africa. At least a dozen countries in Africa are ruled by
ruthless dictators, and all but a few of
Africa's 53 or
54 countries are
stuck in perpetual poverty. The worst example
is Zimbabwe, which is discussed on another page.
is giving nothing to anyone — apart from AIDS. Even as we see African states refusing
to take action to restore something resembling civilisation in Zimbabwe, the begging bowl for Ethiopia is being
passed around to us, yet again. It is nearly 25 years since Ethiopia's (and Bob Geldof's) famous
Feed The World campaign, and in that time Ethiopia's population has grown from 33.5 million to 78 million
today. So why on earth should I do anything to encourage further catastrophic demographic growth in that
Africa's Messiah of
Horror: A friend, the head of a major aid organization, tells how his workers in eastern Congo a few years
ago chanced upon a group of shell-shocked women and children in the bush. A militia had kidnapped a number of families
and forced the women to kill their husbands with machetes, under the threat that their sons and daughters would be murdered
if they refused.
This is ultimately the work and trademark of a single man: Joseph Kony, the most carnivorous
killer since Idi Amin.
Honesty about Africa and AIDS: The evidence is there for everyone to see: We've
tried awareness, condom distribution, economic development, and much more. But the problem
persists. That's because the spread of AIDS is inevitably linked to the question of fallen
human nature. Things like fear, weakness, and temptation do not respond to technical expertise
or incentives. They only respond to "transcendent ideals and faiths" and the moral language
The Tragedy of
Africa: African leaders, and many people on the left, blame Africa's problems on the evils of
[But] colonialism cannot explain Third World poverty. Some of today's richest countries
are former colonies, such as: United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Some of
today's poorest countries were never colonies, such as: Ethiopia, Liberia, Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan.
The colonialism argument is simply a cover-up for African dictators.
UN says Iceland
is the best place to live, Africa the worst. Iceland has overtaken Norway as the
world's most desirable country to live in, according to an annual U.N. table published on Tuesday
[11/27/2007] that again puts AIDS-afflicted sub-Saharan African states at the bottom.
in Islamist Sudan. Sellers frantically began to gather up their wares and hurry away with the
buyers. The adults understood. They recognized the approaching signs of the dreaded scourge that
most people believed had disappeared from the pages of African history long ago: a slave raid. It was
1986 and Bok was about to see his happy world of family and village shattered forever by a centuries-old,
barbaric practice that has never died out: the violent capture and enslavement of black Africans by
"There but for the grace of God...."
We are told by some of our supposedly enlightened, so-called black leaders that white America owes us something because they
brought our ancestors over as slaves. And Africa — Mother Africa — is often held up as some kind
of black Valhalla, where the descendants of slaves would be welcomed back and where black men and women can walk in true
dignity. Sorry, but I've been there. I've had an AK-47 rammed up my nose, I've talked to machete-wielding Hutu
militiamen with the blood of their latest victims splattered across their T-shirts. I've seen a cholera epidemic in
Zaire, a famine in Somalia, a civil war in Liberia.
China has created a new slave empire in Africa: These poor, hopeless, angry people exist by grubbing
for scraps of cobalt and copper ore in the filth and dust of abandoned copper mines in Congo, sinking perilous 80 ft
shafts by hand, washing their finds in cholera-infected streams full of human filth, then pushing enormous two-hundredweight
loads uphill on ancient bicycles to the nearby town of Likasi where middlemen buy them to sell on, mainly to Chinese
businessmen hungry for these vital metals.
Reparations or Rip Off? What may
become the most massive attempted financial rape of the American Government and its 200-million taxpayers, for crimes which
no one living committed, is now being plotted by a consortium of trial lawyers. They are well known for their excessive
class-action lawsuit successes against segments of U.S. society in the past decade. With the claim of seeking justice,
if they win, the greatest injustice ever attempted could bankrupt the government and people of the United States.
Reparations: Must the living pay for the
deeds of the dead? Most black Americans are in the solid middle class. In fact, if we totaled the income
black Americans earned each year, and thought of ourselves as a separate nation, we'd be the 14th or 15th richest nation.
Even the 34 percent of blacks considered to be poor are fairly well off by world standards. Had there not been
slavery, and today's blacks were born in Africa instead of the United States, we'd be living in the same poverty that
today's Africans live in and under the same brutal regimes.
More slaves than ever
despite world ban. Slavery is officially banned by all countries yet there are more slaves than
ever before. Today there are an estimated 27 million slaves: people paid no money, locked away
and controlled by violence.
slave children 'sold like cabbages'. Young people — some aged under 10 — are said to
have been discovered being bought and sold at a street market in Sichuan, one of rural China's most
overpopulated provinces. According to investigative reporters, the children stood in line as they
were assessed like cattle, before being driven on trucks to factories in the Pearl River Delta, China's
Apologies For Slavery and Everything
Else. I would suggest that if the black people in America want an apology for slavery, they should
first demand it from their own ancestors — the ones who rounded them up like cattle and sold them to
the slave traders — the ones who are still practicing slavery today. And, by the way, the white
European colonials who settled and built most of Africa, did away with slavery while they remained in Africa.
But, when they turned the countries over to the locals, slavery was reinstated.
Thugs. [Scroll down] It is worth bearing in mind that slavery — the most racist
of practices — endures in the Islamic world even as it has been abolished in the West. In OIC
member states like Sudan and Mauritania, Arabs still keep black African slaves. Sudan's president, Omar
al-Bashir, who was indicted by the World Court for human rights abuses in Darfur, is reputed to have black
slaves in his own house.
And while Mauritania legally abolished slavery in 1980, it is still practiced
Reparations and Irresponsible Demagogues.
The first thing to understand about the issue of reparations for slavery is that no money is going to be paid. The very
people who are demanding reparations know it is not going to happen. Why then are they demanding something that they
know they are not going to get? Because the demagogues themselves will benefit, even if nobody else does. Stirring
up historic grievances pays off in publicity and votes.
Slavery in the Land of
the Free. Unfortunately, slavery is still a widespread practice all over the world, including the US.
The Civil War may have removed the public sanction of slavery, but it is still a common underground practice. Journalist
Benjamin Skinner undertook four years of undercover investigation into "human trafficking" (a euphemism for slavery) in order
to increase awareness of this international injustice. His research and experiences are chronicled in his recent
book, "A Crime So Monstrous."
Activists meet on U.S. slave
reparations. The chairwoman of the African People Solidarity Committee says white residents of
the United States should support reparations for African-Americans. Penny Hess spoke to a reporter with
the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune Friday [11/03/2006] on the eve of African People Solidarity Day.
inconvenient truths about the U.S. and slavery: There is no reason to believe that today's
African-Americans would be better off if their ancestors had remained behind in Africa.
reparationists want society to repair the wrongs of the past by putting today's African-Americans into the
sort of situation they would have enjoyed if their forebears hadn't been kidnapped, sold and transported
across the ocean. Unfortunately, to bring American blacks in line with their cousins who the
slave-traders left behind in Africa would require a drastic reduction in their wealth, living standards,
and economic and political opportunities.
Wrong way on reparations.
If this act becomes law, it would require the Treasury secretary to pay reparations to "Guam residents who
were killed, raped, injured, interned, or subjected to forced labor or marches," as well as to "survivors
of compensable residents who died in war or survivors of compensable injured residents." The bill could
cost taxpayers $126 million.
An apology to slaves — from the
catchers. "Project Joseph" is an invitation to blacks who trace their history to the slave
trade to reconnect with the land of their ancestors — and it comes with an apology, not from
countries associated with slave masters or slave traders, but from the black slave-catchers of Ghana.
and now. In light of William Wilberforce's campaign to rid his nation of slavery, it is important
to remember that, for millions of men, women and children around the world, slavery is not just a historical
tragedy, it is a present reality. The "bloody traffic" that Wilberforce considered a disgrace to his
nation has not yet ended — far from it. The number of modern day slaves is estimated to be
around 27 million.
push for U.S. apology for slavery. Five states did something over the past 12 months
that no state had done before: expressed regret or apologized for slavery. This year, Congress,
which meets in a Capitol built partly by slaves, will consider issuing its own apology. "We've seen
states step forward on this," says Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, citing the resolutions of Virginia, Maryland,
North Carolina, Alabama and New Jersey.
for reparations. Frances Miller's early attempts at starting a conversation Wednesday were a little
rough. "Hey, sister, are you a descendent of slaves?" she called out to a woman who looked African
American, scoring a glare. Miller sat on Northeast 15th Avenue at Broadway — a volunteer
in the National Day of Panhandling for Reparations. She and others across the country asked white
passers-by to pay reparations for enslaving black people, and then they gave money to black passers-by.
Each got a receipt.
shakedown: Living white Americans bear no culpability for slavery, and living black Americans
never suffered from it. It would be unthinkable to make individuals responsible for the wrongdoing of
their distant ancestors, or to require them to enrich the great-great-great grandchildren of the
victims. The overwhelming majority of nonblack Americans have no family connection to slavery in any
case — most of us are descended from the millions of immigrants who came to this country after
the Civil War.
signs wage bill, apology for slavery. Gov. Martin O'Malley signed this morning a first-in-the-nation
law requiring a "living wage" for state contract employees, a move backers say will help expand Maryland's middle
class. O'Malley also signed a formal apology for Maryland's role in slavery — the second such
action in the nation.
slavery: The next time the Virginia General Assembly gets into an apologetic mood and wants to
pass another resolution aimed at its black citizens, here are my suggestions: The Commonwealth of Virginia
apologizes to its black citizens for not protecting them from criminals who prey upon them and make their lives
a daily nightmare.
Albany Mulls an Apology for Slavery. The New York State
Legislature is considering one bill that would have the state formally apologize for its role in slavery and another that
would study and recommend remedies for the descendants of slaves.
Elsewhere in New York...
Wealthy N.Y. couple charged with
slavery. A millionaire couple accused of keeping two Indonesian women as slaves in their
luxurious Long Island home and abusing them for years have been indicted on federal slavery charges.
J.P. Morgan & Co. Sued for Profiting From Slavery.
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp. are among 18 corporate defendants named in a slave-reparations
case to be heard tomorrow in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. The case is a consolidation
of nine cases filed by African-Americans across America in 2002. Among the other defendants are Lehman
Brothers Holdings Inc., Aetna Inc., New York Life Insurance Co., and Lloyds TSB Group.
Questions for proponents of
reparations: While there is a growing cry for reparation payments, what has been
noticeably absent (often even pointed out by proponents) is a lack of a clear plan for how such
reparation payments will be made.
Reparations — Paying for the Sins of the Founding Fathers. It has been over
140 years since the end of the Civil War, and the end of slavery in the United States of
America. Those to whom reparations might be owed are long dead and gone. The issues
here are much more complex than those surrounding the issue of reparations due to Japanese
Americans imprisoned during World War Two.
corporate CEO's: Corporate executives caving in to anti-capitalists' attacks
will not buy peace. Capitulation only whets anti-capitalist appetites for bigger,
bolder and more widespread attacks and extortion.
reparations: The slavery reparations shakedown lobby is gearing up for attacks
on American industry. They've failed in the courts and Congress, so they're going after
slavery: To me the most staggering thing about the long history of
slavery — which encompassed the entire world and every race in it — is
that nowhere before the 18th century was there any serious question raised about whether
slavery was right or wrong. In the late 18th century, that question arose in
Western civilization, but nowhere else.
leadership and black groupthink: Black groupthink and the pseudo leaders that
tout it are destroying the black community. The black pseudo leader is the community
activist who is dedicated solely to getting us to pay attention. Nattily dressed in
a Brooks Brothers suit, he stands tall at phony press conferences, studding his speech with
racially charged words that solicit knee-jerk reactions from the crowd. The black pseudo
leader is a parasite. He nourishes himself on the suffering of others. He exists
by satisfying the mob's voracious appetite for excuses and easy solutions.
Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Slavery
is a Bad Idea: For example, there is no single group clearly responsible for the crime of
slavery. Black Africans and Arabs were responsible for enslaving the ancestors of African-Americans.
There were 3,000 black slave-owners in the ante-bellum United States. Are reparations to be paid by their
Ten Reasons Why Reparations for
Blacks is a Bad Idea for Blacks — and Racist Too: America's African-American citizens
are the richest and most privileged black people alive — a bounty that is a direct result of the
heritage that is under assault.
Demoralizing Young Blacks for the Empowerment
of "Black Leaders": Black people are taught that every waking thought of white America
is racist; black people are perennial victims of white oppression; we have no control over our lives
and destiny. The only way black people can achieve anything is to prey upon white guilt, and seek special
privileges like quotas, handouts, and lately reparations and apologies for slavery.
for slavery? Who really benefited from slavery? Who should fund any such reparations? Who
should be excluded from helping to finance such reparations? How many billions of dollars have already been
paid to so-called "historically disadvantaged minorities"? Remember, when Congress makes payments, it
uses your tax dollars to do so. Here are some thought-provoking questions and historical facts.
Trillions demanded in slavery
reparations: The West is being asked to pay Africa $777 thousand billion within five years in
reparation for enslaving Africans while colonizing the continent. (That's more than three quarters of
a QUADRILLION dollars. Just make the check payable to "Africa".)
Editor's Note: Slavery did
not begin or end in the United States. There are still places around the world in
the 21st century where you can pay cash for a slave, particularly in Sudan and
Mauritania. And according to the following article, it is an enormous problem in India, too.
Ending the "Slavocracy": The
institution of slavery continues to oppress millions. In India, the practice often comes under the name
of bonded labor — a euphemism for slavery.
Barred from Making Slavery Tax Claims. A New York man was temporarily
barred on Friday 4/15/2005] from preparing income tax returns for others because he
has been including bogus tax credits such as reparations for African-American
slavery and segregation.
apology to Indians is just a sorry idea. The U.S. Senate is considering … some
kind of "whoops, sorry about that" to Native Americans, an apology for taking their land and driving
them onto miserable reservations in the scrublands of the United States. It's a bad idea. Yes,
it's fitting to regret cruelty it inflicted on any group over the years. But that goes without
saying, and those who want it said can be dismissed for parsing symbolism when there are actual
problems in the world.
Scam Cloaked in Racial Pain. Last month, reparations advocates held a rally
under the remarkably revealing motto: "They Owe Us." "They" appear to be all white
people. "Us" is supposedly every African American for whom these leaders
now claim to speak. What is "owed" has been stated as high
as $10 trillion.
Would We Get In Return For Reparations? Would we be freed, for
example, from the costs of supporting blacks on welfare? Blacks make up 12% of
the population but account for almost half of welfare recipients.
exploiters: Nothing highlights the pathetic state of the American left
more clearly than the current movement for slavery reparations.
Robinson: The godfather of the reparations movement, has finally taken
his criticism of this country to its logical conclusion: he has moved out of the
The Billion Dollar March wasn't
exactly a spectacle fit for a King. With the rallying cry of "They Owe Us," organizers say they
will continue such protests until money is delivered. In the long history of victimization politics among
"leaders" of the black community, this movement takes the prize as the one most worthy of ridicule.
"logic" part II: What most blacks need is — first of all — the
kind and quality of education that they do not get in most ghetto schools. Least
of all do they get this education from those teachers who spend precious class time
dredging up the past instead of preparing students for the future.
out your reparations calculator. [Anyone] whose family members ingested
Filipino-harvested asparagus, peas, cauliflower, onions, tomatoes, grapes or fish, or
who burned Filipino-cut firewood, or who lived in homes built of Filipino-sawed lumber
from 1923 to 1947, can settle their debt by sending me a check for $999.99.
Slavery Compensation Itself Rests on Racism:
For the descendants of black slaves to make demands for special privileges, compensation, and apologies from
current Americans — who had nothing to do with slavery — is an ugly moral inversion that
makes Americans who happen to be white guilty because of their skin color.
appalling idiocy: [There is] a proposal to create a "National Slave
Memorial" on the Washington Mall. Supposedly this memorial will promote "reconciliation"
and "healing," according to both the Republican and Democratic supporters of this
proposal. It is hard to imagine that any sane adult actually believes
idiocy: Part II. We have all we can do to live our own lives the best
way we can, treating our contemporaries with decency and justice. There is not a thing
we can do about what other people did in times irretrievably past.
appalling idiocy: Part III: Divisiveness is where it's at for the
Democrats and few things will be more divisive than a slave memorial on the Washington
Mall. But what's in it for the Republicans?
Stop Reparations Now:
You'll recognize many of their names immediately. It's a who's who in the racial shakedown racket: Jesse
Jackson, Al Sharpton, Johnnie Cochran, Randall Robinson, Cornel West. These men, and others from the far left,
are preparing for the biggest legal shakedown in history... unless they're stopped.
The True Cost of Reparations: A growing movement is
calling for the payment of reparations to black Americans for slavery, despite the fact that both the victims
and perpetrators of slavery are dead.
Earth: The Reparation Desperation: Pro-reparations "black leaders" like the Rev. Jesse Jackson
remain locked in the victicrat mantra that blames slavery for America's "black plight," while, of course,
suggesting money as the solution. Will the "black leadership" stand up and recognize the primary problem
facing America, in general — black America, in particular — the absence of involved,
Demonstrators Want Slavery
Reparations: Estimated by police at about 2,000 to 3,000 strong, the demonstrators motored
in from all parts of the United States to hear speakers such as activist Louis Farrakhan shout, "We need land
for political independence; we need millions of acres. We need payment for 310 years of slavery, of
destruction of our minds and the robbery of our culture."
Rails Against "White Supremacy": Farrakhan said, "We cannot accept a cash payment because a fool
and his money will soon part." Instead, he advocated the transfer of "millions" of acres of land from the
U.S. government to African Americans.
New Twist On
Old Scam: Tax Exemption for Slave Descendants: For just three dollars, those attending last
Saturday's pro-reparations rally [8/17/2002] in Washington could purchase a "legal" document promising them
lifetime tax-exempt status from the U.S. government. But the Internal Revenue Service and legal experts beg to
Reparations and Irresponsible
Demagogues: The first thing to understand about the issue of reparations for slavery is that no
money is going to be paid. The very people who are demanding reparations know it is not going to happen.
Why then are they demanding something that they know they are not going to get? Because the demagogues
themselves will benefit, even if nobody else does. Stirring up historic grievances pays off in publicity
"Millions" of Blacks to Rally in
DC for Reparations: Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of the Brotherhood
Organization of a New Destiny (BOND), and a critic of the rally, said, "If that many people have enough money
to go to D.C. to march, then they don't need reparations."
Get Your Reparations Here! There
are literally millions currently employed because of affirmative action, and probably fall within groups who consider themselves
to be long-term victims, currently seeking reparations through legislation or civil lawsuit. Seriously, one of the issues
here is whether the citizens of this country have already helped those who have suffered slavery and discrimination. I
think the answer is "yes."
Reparations, once silly, are now taken
seriously: Polls show that 75 percent of Americans, and 90 percent of whites, are
opposed to paying reparations to blacks for the enslavement of their ancestors. This means that the
reparations fight will not take place in the political arena, where victory is probably impossible.
Instead it will be a legal and public relations campaign to force corporate America to pay.
The Slavery Reparations Hustle:
Reparations' bottom line is that black people are permanent losers who cannot rise above their history. That
is a terrible libel, and no one but a racist would believe it.
Reparations: America's New Slavery:
The transfer of wealth from productive members of society to those (of any race) who would loot it is nothing
new. What's new about the slave reparations issue is just how morally low the attempt to rationalize and
justify these transfers has become.
The Dollars and Sense Answer to Black
Reparations: Historian and Ebony magazine editor, Lerone Bennett, Jr., says, "We're not talking
about a sentimental argument. We're talking about the fact that America owes us some money." The
racism peddlers apparently know no bounds in what is becoming a growth industry.
Gray Davis Joins the Race-Baiting
Left: The legal movement for reparations is not only preposterous; it is itself a form of
white-collar crime. No court will hear a case that is 100 years old, and the reparations lawyers
know this. Their clear and often overt agenda is to create a public relations nightmare for the
companies involved so they will settle to protect their stock values. This is blackmail, pure
Who Does the "Reparations for Slavery" Charade Really
Benefit? Being a race hustler is a very lucrative business for people like Jesse Jackson and Al
Sharpton. But such people can extort money and power from white business and political leaders precisely
because it is easier to pay off a relative handful of noise makers than to be bothered fighting them. But
tens of millions of blacks cannot duplicate what a small band of extortionists do.
The Debt for Slavery — and for Freedom: At
its core, the reparations movement is racist; it treats all blacks as victims and all whites as villains.
Enslaved to the past: Polls show that
75 percent of Americans, and 90 percent of whites, are opposed to paying reparations to blacks for
the enslavement of their ancestors. This means that the reparations fight will not take place in the
political arena, where victory is probably impossible. Instead, it will be a legal and public relations
campaign to force corporate America to pay.
The United Nations of Reparations Hypocrisy:
Perhaps Secretary of State Colin Powell's decision to pull the American delegation out of the so-called U.N.
World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, will be just a footnote in history. But we can
at least hope that it may be a turning point toward a future time when "racism" will no longer be a magic
word used to gain money or political concessions.
Rapaciousness, Not Reparation:
During the last few weeks, a handful of blue chip American companies have been targeted by slavery reparations activists
and lawyers for payments because of their activities prior to 1865. This essay examines the consequences
for all Americans if these companies elect to pay.
The Super Bowl of Shakedowns.
Slavery: G.K. Chesterton observed in 1910: "We often read nowadays of the valor or audacity
with which some rebel attacks a hoary tyranny or an antiquated superstition. There is not really any
courage at all in attacking hoary or antiquated things, any more than in offering to fight one's
grandmother. The really courageous man is he who defies tyrannies young as the morning and superstitions
fresh as the first flowers." These words resonate more than ever nearly a century later.
Fraud II: Most people seem to have responded to the demands for reparations for slavery in one of
two ways. Either they have supported the demands or they have maintained a discreet silence.
The Legacy of Slavery Hustle: If what we
see today in many black neighborhoods, as claimed by reparation advocates, are the vestiges and legacies of
slavery, how come that social pathology wasn't much worse when blacks were just two or three generations out
of slavery? Vestiges and legacy of slavery arguments are simply covers for another hustle similar to
the $6 trillion dollar War on Poverty hustle. Interestingly enough, reparations advocates are not
demanding that white people be taxed in order to send checks out to individual black people. What they're
demanding is for money to be put into a reparations fund from which they decide who receives how much for what
America owe reparations? Which Americans owe black people what? Reparations advocates don't
want that question asked.
Campus Leftists Attack Ad on Black
Reparations: An ad criticizing reparations for descendants of slaves is creating an uproar at
colleges across the country. The controversy illustrates the anti-choice intolerance of left-wing
activists and the speed of most student "journalists" to censor politically incorrect thought.
What America Owes
Me: When it comes to cashing in on the shrunken glove of racial resentment, you can
count on Johnnie Cochran to make it fit.
Reparations for slavery? lets do it! In
spite of the best efforts of the left, African Americans continue on their upward climb into the economic
middle, and dare I suggest, wealthy classes.
for Slavery Arguments are Loaded with Contradictions: Blacks owned slaves
for the same reason whites owned slaves — to work farms or plantations. Are descendants
of these blacks eligible and deserving of reparations? Is there anyone prepared to make
the argument that blacks in America today would be better off if they were in Africa? If
blacks wouldn't be better off, then why the reparations?
The Racism of Reparations: In today's
economy, much of the wealth is created by companies in the fields of computers, communications, and biotech. If
the reparations lawsuit is successful, it will be these companies that pay -- they have the most money.
Slavery's Effects Disappeared in Two
Generations: Economic disparities between the descendants of former slaves and free blacks largely
disappeared within just two generations following emancipation, according to a study by Dartmouth economist
Bruce Sacerdote that may lend ammunition to opponents of slavery reparations.
Editor's Note: Apparently
there is a move underway to offer the equivalent of reparations to native Hawaiians. More
information is available here.
scandal: According to Newsweek, the young man at North Carolina Central University said
that he wanted to see the Duke students prosecuted, "whether it happened or not. It would be
justice for things that happened in the past."
Records of Freed Slaves
to Go Online. Records the Freedmen's Bureau used to reconnect families — from battered work
contracts to bank forms — will be placed online in part of a new project linking modern-day blacks with
These people really have an apology to make.
Sorry we ate your forefathers.
The descendants of Papua New Guinea cannibals who killed and ate four Fijian missionaries in 1878 have apologised.
grossly ignorant of history — and that includes graduates of our leading colleges and
universities — have no idea that slavery was not even a controversial issue before the
18th century, and only in Western societies beginning then. Everywhere else in the world, it was
as widely accepted as it was widely practiced — and it had been for thousands of years."