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You Got To Pay Us!

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.


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