Reparations, the big freaken lie!

With all the talk about “fake news” these days, confirmation of fake news is easily found in hundreds of media outlets which continue to condemn the wrong actors for the existence of slavery in the United States. For example, Cory Booker, said “It is a cancer on the soul of our country.” While Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee alleged “The role of the federal government in supporting the institution of slavery . . . must be formally acknowledged and addressed.”

But what these liars refuse to acknowledge is, slavery was first introduced on America soil in the early 1600s when a number of slaves were brought to Jamestown, Virginia, a British colony. And millions more were introduced long before the establishment of the United States. In fact, in their quest to promote a fraudulent collective responsibility upon the good people of the United States, flimflam artists like Cory Booker, Sheila Jackson Lee, actor Danny Glover and other hustlers fail to acknowledge that after the Revolutionary War and the good people of America gained their independence from foreign domination [the real culprit of slavery on American soil] the people within a number of the states, exercising their newly found freedom, immediately moved to share the blessings of liberty to all by abolishing slavery!

For example, the people of Vermont took this immediate action in their 1777 declaration of rights, which declared “no … person born in this country, or brought here over sea, ought to be holden by law to serve any person as a servant, slave, or apprentice”. Likewise, the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 declared that “all men are born free and equal” and was used by the court a few years after its adoption to legally forbid any person to be held as a slave. And, in 1787, the Northwest Ordinance, adopted by the Confederation Congress on July 13, 1787, declared “there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the said Territory, otherwise than in the punishment of crimes whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.”

By the year 1788 all the states north of Maryland, except New York and New Jersey, had legislated to extinguish slavery, and by 1804 the remaining two northern states [N.Y. and N.J.] had put slavery to rest.

The truth is, the injustice of slavery was not an injustice inflicted or perpetrated by the government of the United States. Quite the contrary! Upon the creation of the United States government, as witnessed by Article 1, Sec. 2, Clause 3, of the Constitution of the United States, an aversion to slavery was expressed by a specific penalty imposed upon those states having state sponsored slavery. Unfortunately, the constitutional penalty for state-sponsored slavery has been distorted and mischaracterized over the years by race baiters and hustlers who claim the provision “made blacks three-fifths of a person.”. But a review of the actual words of Article 1, Sec. 2, clause 3, reveals slave holding states were penalized by this provision which denied them full representation in Congress in proportion to their actual population size—the population of slaves not being fully counted when apportioning representatives among the states, which diminished the voting strength of slave holding states in Congress Assembled!

And then there’s Article 1, Section 9 of our original Constitution by which slavery was intended to be taxed into extinction by the federal government.

”The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.”

So, as it turns out, contrary to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s false assertion about the “… role of the federal government in supporting the institution of slavery . . .” its real role, from the very beginning, was working to abolish slavery. This is not to say that Africans did not suffer dearly under slavery. They did! But to point a finger at the wrong actors, and ignore how the good people of the United States worked from the very beginning of the United States to end slavery, is to perpetuated and instigate a nefarious cause ___ race baiting and hustling for political gain.


The Democrat Party Leadership has been angry, stupid and obnoxious ever since the Republican Party Leadership freed democrat owned slaves.___ Author unknown

I’m re-thinking my take on reparations.

I don’t think a cash pay-out serves any kind of justifiable or useful solution but after listening to some of the systemic issues that could be addressed (the recent criminal justice reform being an example) there may be a way for reparations to level what has historically been an un-level playing field.

The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 which stood for fourteen years was the federal government.

Although not direct slavery, the federal govt. is hugely guilty of a multitude of gross malfeasances during the Jim Crow era.

That said, I don’t see how reparations could possibly be implemented properly. Programs to help build generational wealth among blacks which was denied to them for centuries might be a good idea however.

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It is a big lie. It’s easy to say “I’m for reparations.” But what you won’t see is an actual plan. Just like impeachment. You will get a lot of talk. No action. I will believe it when one of the candidates presents his plan. Until then, it’s hogwash.

I’ve noticed quite a few Democratic Presidential candidates coming out in favor of reparations. If the Democratic Nominee is in favor of reparations along with doing away with the Hyde Amendment, then Trump will probably win reelection.


This is why they want to do a study.

See the problem with the reparations issue is folks like yourself don’t even know the definition of reparations or that it does not necessarily mean stroking an individual checks.
Reparations mean to repair. It is also an act to make amends or giving satisfaction for a wrong or injury. Just handing out money does nothing and you all have to get that out of your head. I for one don’t want no damn check. However, I think reparations could be handled in various ways…

  1. 8 - 10 years of tax free living

  2. For those who qualify academically and are descendants, free education

  3. Equal the playing field when it comes to HBCU’s. Give the same amount of endowments and funding to these schools as PWI’s. Recently the HBCU’s here in Maryland won a case in against the state in which Maryland was not equally distributing funds to UMES, Morgan State, Coppin State and Bowie State as they were to U. of Maryland College Park, UMBC, UMAB, Towson, Salisbury and Frostburg. What’s even more crazy one can actually see the difference. For example, I went to UMES which is 12 miles south of Salisbury. The schools have a collaboration in which students can take courses at either institution. However, even though it’s way better now but back when I was in school the facilities at Salisbury were way superior to those at UMES.

  4. Increase Capital and/or investment for small black owned businesses.

  5. Increase funding for better academic programs and upgrade school facilities in predominate black communities. For example Prince George’s County here in Maryland has the highest percentage of middle class African Americans than any county in the the country. However, many of our schools suck, compared to our neighbors in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Montgomery and Howard(especially Howard). We have the highest property taxes in the state, but get little in return as it relates to our school system. Now once again, schools are getting better, but there is still a VERY long way to go.

I can go on and on and it does not require writing individual checks to people. Also, I don’t care about the role southern democrats or republicans. This is an America situation on a whole, so this transcends party. America has not been kind to black people despite the fact that we built this place. If it wasn’t for folks that look like me, America would not be the country it is today. Unfortunately, the sins of the past are still with us and systematically it needs to change rather you like it or not.


That’s a very good post. Crazy how it can all be parsed away by cherry picking facts in threads just like this one.

Only about 30% of Americans are for reparations. With Trump running for reelection, this is not the Presidential election for the Democratic Nominee to campaign on reparations and go hard left.

Except for the fact that going tax free and receiving free education is equivalent to getting a check.

The Democrats have been playing the reparations card for a long time, and it’s only been brought up during election season. After that, it disappears.

The truth here is that we’re too long removed from giving out actual reparations. These should have been done after the 13th amendment. A better policy would be create policies which actually help out minority groups.

Jamerican gave examples of such policies. Elizabeth Warren’s Small Business Equity Fund is one such example.

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I personally think that a really good case can be made to bring equity into a system that has historically been rigged against African Americans.

For instance, the GI Bill was an incredible program for the White Middle Class after World War II but African Americans who fought in the same war were disproportionately locked out of the benefits that that huge government program gave to the people.

I don’t know exactly how to make such repairs, but I do acknowledge that there is a legitimate grievance.

That is exactly what I advocated for in a previous post.

Slave owners got reparations. Why shouldn’t descendants of slaves?


Also when one looks at the abject failure of the Freedmen’s Bureau and farce of the Freedmen’s bank… a bank that could take deposits but not allowed to make loans and failed because of mismanagement of money thus eliminating any nascent wealth that newly freed slaves may have had without having any mechanism to help them build it…

Yeah… there are legitimate grievances.

Baltimore City and Charles County have higher property taxes.

And there’s not a Republican in sight in P.G. politics. Not for years and years. Talk to the dimocrats about the schools.

I thought putting casinos in poor neighborhoods like Oxon Hill and South of mlk Blvd in Baltimore was going to fund our schools. What happened?


When did we become the United States?

When was slavery abolished?

When was Jim Crow abolished?

I like all of these ideas but especially 1 and 4.

I would actually do federal tax free for life. For descendants of slaves.

And/or I would setup a fund for black owned business where the approval isn’t dependent on credit. Just dependent on a well documented business plan. I would also have funding to setup workshops for development of those business plans.

I would also allow non descendants of slaves the opportunity to get small business dollars if they want to open up businesses in areas of high minority population.

Yeah John, I’m going with the libs on this one. That’s incorrect.

I’m good with everything except #1

Democrats are promising reparations in hopes of maintaining the black vote…mostly out of fear that they’re losing ground to Trumpism.

It’s not going to happen…democrats know it’s not going to happen. So why are democrats promising something they know it’s not going to happen?

Because democrats are continue to prey on minorities.