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Sun 07 Jul, 2019

 You Got To Pay Us!

Thank Black Baby Jesus, the Jesus whom this country’s ideals claim to be founded upon – these mutha fuckas may finally be at least talking about actin’ right.

Reparations for the descendants and immediate family of slaves is in talks amongst congress and many 2020 Presidential candidates.

Now Team Griffin it’s just in talks, but is receiving more support and engagement than ever. Way more attention than it received back in 2007, when it was first brought up by the community formally.

Reparations have been brought up many more times before, yet in every occasion Black people were systemically prevented from obtaining any sort of upward mobility or financial gain as a community.

We have on numerous occasions been prevented from “pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps” because of our race: The very people whose blood runs through the strands of money used to build this country and make it one of the most powerful if not the most powerful nation on the planet.

As a wise Black Queen told me recently “capitalism was a start –up” and we foot the bill for that shit. It’s time to pay up.

Here is some of what’s going on with the progress of HR40, the bill for reparations:


The bill discussed, HR 40, would task a commission with studying the continued effects of slavery and racial discrimination and make recommendations about what redress might be needed. The bill is also laden with symbolism, being named after the unfulfilled 154-year-old federal promise of “40 acres and a mule” to recently freed men and women. The bill has languished in the House for decades, first introduced by former Congressman John Conyers in 1989 and reintroduced every year until his retirement in 2017. The bill has since been reintroduced by Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee.

So far, severalcandidates have expressed some level of support for reparations: Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro have called the issue important or acknowledged how history supports calls for restitution. Other candidates have said they support studying the issue further. Congresswoman Karen Bass advocates for the bill. As well as Sen. Cory Booker.

The candidate most fervently backing reparations, though, is Marianne Williamson, a self-help guru and spiritual adviser who wants to set aside $200 billion to $500 billion for a reparations program.

Well into the 20th century, a combination of federal policy and private industry regulations allowed not only for Jim Crow in the South but for the limited ability of black people to access wealth-building programs like the New Deal and the GI Bill. Black people were also exposed to discriminatory housing practices like redlining, and pervasive residential and educational segregation further compounded earlier injustices.

If political candidates discussing reparations are about that life for real-for real, they “should move away from the language of emphasizing that the problem of the racial wealth gap can be solved by universal policy,”

Darity said earlier this year. “They have to be willing to say that they endorse a large-scale program that would be specifically targeted at the historical injustices that have confronted black descendants of those enslaved in the United States.”

In other words, don’t just speak about it…be about it.

EG

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  • Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Ma'at

    Greetings of IMANI (FAITH) My KC Home-boy Fast Eddie Griffin! This is Elder Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Ma’at, now of Oakland, California (and a past National Co-Chair of our National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, or N’COBRA). I know you attended Paseo back in the day before coming to Compton and then engineering school at K-State. I was an Eagle at Central High, Missouri State Champ in track, then known by European enslavement name of “J. ‘Harry’ Armstrong.” Gave up sports and went to K.U. on an architecture scholarship. So happy to see you support H.R. 40, our “Commission to Study and DEVELOP REPARATIONS PROPOSALS Act for African Americans.” Please encourage your colleagues of all nationalities to support this long overdue just legislation. We need you to demand Sen. Diane Feinstein also support the Senate version, S.1083, put forward by Sen.Corey Booker of New Jersey. Sen.Harris has already endorsed. But, we need hearings now in every state even if Mitch McConnell won’t schedule. Thank you my Brother. Be Blessed! #africansdeservereparations

  • ALF

    PLEASE READ: The discussion of reparations for all African slave descendants is being seriously looked upon as a solution to social emotional ills in European colonized countries (i.e. USA, AFRICA, CARIBBEAN, ALL THE AMERICAS, AUSTRALIA, and HALF OF ASIA). Blacks are cultural innovators but NOT social engineers. Therefore, we will be put in positions of social leadership but NOT as political and financial power brokers. This is because we as black people look at wealth as achievable only by receiving the approval and support of powerful white political figures (i.e. Congressmen, senators, governors, presidents, moguls, etc). These political systems were put in place after the United States of America and other colonised countries received their official orders from the U.N. & E.U. Now all the destruction we are witnessing on television and the internet is being socially engineered by power brokers who see black people’s cultural innovation as a threat. That’s why we as black people must change our narrative in our communities and in our families. We must have more discussions about building instead of tearing each other down with gossip and the promotion fruitless spending or investments. The reparation movement is the most important way of black humans of the world changing our narrative. Financial and political power is the key to leaving a better more progressive legacy for our next 7 generations.

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