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Reparations for Slavery

Posted in Black Liberation Theology, Liberalism, Obama, Politics, Reparations, Slavery by Karmi on August 2, 2008

The push for Reparations being paid to America’s descendants of slaves is on again.

  • Declaration of Independence – July 2, 1776. Treaty of Paris – September 3, 1783, ended the American Revolutionary War.
  • American Civil War – 1861 to 1865. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865, effectively ending slavery in America. The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution officially abolished slavery – approximately December of 1865.
  • Proponents of “reparations” like to claim that the United States of America allowed slavery to exist for some “300 years” or “400 years.” Simply not true. Do the math, i.e. 1865 minus 1776 equals 89 years. Less than 89 years if the Treaty of Paris date of 1783 is used.
  • Proponents of “reparations” also ignore the history of the Arab-Islam Slave Trade and the involvement of Africans (both Muslim and non-Muslim) on slavery…a history that covers 14 centuries of slavery and slave trading.

Note also, that the Chief Executive Officer of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee — DNC’s Chief of Staff Reverend Leah D. Daughtry — is helping to lead the way for the Democratic Party’s push for Reparations, with her banner for slavery reparations clearly stating, “They Owe Us.”

Basically, Reparations is a “Carrot-and-Stick” approach used by the Democratic Party in order to keep their black supporters ‘in-line’, and to also maintain political power. Instead of using a whip to control or entice these black supporters, they dangle a carrot in front of them.

Reparations is akin to trying to sue the offspring of others for the damage or harm done to your great-grandparents, for example:

    Moses Smith and Rufus Jones raped your great-grandmother, repeatedly for a month whilst forcing your great-grandfather to watch, and then beheaded them both when they grew bored of raping your great-grandmother.

Decades later, you have your lawyer locate everyone in America with the last names of Smith and Jones, and file lawsuits against them all.

The first record — that I can find — of slavery in Colonial America, occurred in 1619. A Dutch ship had fought with a Spanish ship, and won. The Spanish ship was headed to Mexico, with twenty slaves onboard, and the slaves became the property of the Dutch ship. The Dutch ship had been damaged in the battle, damaged again later by storms, and eventually ended up in Virginia. The slaves were traded to the few colonists there, in return for food and repairs. Since Colonial America was attached to the Americas or the American Continent, which consisted of “North America and South America with their associated islands and regions”, why don’t the proponents of Reparations here in America also demand that the descendants of slaves from those countries be included? Brazil has more than twice the descendants of slaves than America has. African slavery started in Brazil around 1550, but slavery had existed for centuries in Meso-America. The Aztecs sacrificed “84,000” of their slaves at one “temple inauguration in 1487”…does America also owe the descendants of those slaves Reparations? Since Colonial America was also a part of planet Earth, perhaps the proponents of Reparations should also include the descendants of Middle Eastern slaves…though, there might not be many, since Muslims usually castrated their male slaves.

Proponents of “reparations” like to claim that the United States of America allowed slavery to exist for some “300 years” or “400 years.” Simply not true. Do the math, i.e. 1865 minus 1776 equals 89 years. Less than 89 years if the Treaty of Paris date of 1783 is used.

Framework of Reparations – Historical to Modern.

Reparations for slavery:

Reparations for slavery is a proposal by some in the United States that some type of compensation should be provided to the descendants of enslaved people, in consideration of the labor provided for free over several centuries, without which (it is argued) the United States would never have attained its wealth and global power. This compensation has been proposed in a variety of forms, from individual monetary payments to community-based improvement schemes related to health and education. The idea remains highly controversial and no broad consensus exists as to how it could be implemented. (NOTE: The “several centuries” is wrong, no matter what the proponents falsely claim, i.e. “300-400” years. Closer to 82-89 years, and that includes the Revolutionary War or War of Independence, and the Civil War.)

  • U.S. Historical context – The arguments surrounding reparations are based on the formal discussion about reparations and actual land reparations received by African-Americans which were later taken away. In 1865, after the Confederate States of America were defeated in the American Civil War, General William Tecumseh Sherman issued Special Field Orders, No. 15 to solve problems caused by the masses of refugees, a temporary plan granting each freed family forty acres of tillable land in the sea islands and around Charleston, South Carolina for the exclusive use of black people who had been enslaved. The army also had a number of unneeded mules which were given to settlers. Around 40,000 freed slaves were settled on 400,000 acres in Georgia and South Carolina. However, President Andrew Johnson reversed the order after Lincoln was assassinated and the land was returned to its previous owners. In 1867, Thaddeus Stevens sponsored a bill for the redistribution of land to African Americans, but it was not passed… Reparation for slavery in what is now the United States is a complicated issue. Any proposal for reparations must take into account the role of the, then relatively newly formed, United States Government in the importation and enslavement of Africans and that of the older and established European countries that created the colonies in which slavery was legal; as well as their efforts to stop the trade in slaves.
  • Proposals for reparations1) United States Government – Some proposals have called for direct payments from the U.S. government. The question of who if any should receive such payments, who should pay them and in what amount, has been highly controversial, since the United States Census does not track descent from slaves or slave owners and relies on self-reported racial categories. Since all slaves have died and the statute of limitations has long expired no court has seriously supported these direct reparations… Various estimates have been given if such payments were to be made. Harper’s Magazine has created an estimate that the total of reparations due is over 100 trillion dollarsNOTE: SHEESH!!! I’m not going to waste my time on the other four segments in this section. Fact is, I’m not going to waste my time on the other sections either.

House apologizes for slavery, ‘Jim Crow’ injustices:

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a resolution apologizing to African-Americans for slavery and the era of Jim Crow.

The nonbinding resolution, which passed on a voice vote, was introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen, a white lawmaker who represents a majority black district in Memphis, Tennessee.

While many states have apologized for slavery, it is the first time a branch of the federal government has done so, an aide to Cohen said.

Having this Farce on a Farce resolution was ridiculous, and apparently shows that there were not enough votes to go for a binding resolution. Just another “Carrot-and-Stick” approach…so far.

Obama suggests reparations to blacks, Native Americans:

Says ‘the most important thing to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds’

Sen. Barack Obama told a meeting in Chicago the U.S. should review how it can make amends for “offenses” committed during its history.

And one author is speculating that might even include reparations for al-Qaida soldiers, since, after all, they’ve been held in violation of their “rights.”

Obama’s comments came in a meeting with members of UNITY ’08, an event for journalists who claim membership in various minorities.

Obama opposes reparations for slavery:

(This version CORRECTS the headlines to delete the reference to Obama not supporting an apology for slavery, which he does support.)

OK. Obama is letting the MSM and other Democrats like Rep. Steve Cohen and the Chief Executive Officer of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee — DNC’s Chief of Staff Reverend Leah D. Daughtry‘Carry-the-Water’ for him and/or dangle the “Carrot-and-Stick” for him, since he already has at least 95% of the African-American vote. Obama needs more of the “white” vote, so he is desperately trying not to appear as being supportive of Reparations. However, as WorldNetDaily points out, Obama said “I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it’s Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds.”, and he is not always able to hide his true intent, i.e. his own words give him away. Read Obama’s own words…again, from that quote, and his true intent is clear.

  • reparationssomething done or given as amends or satisfaction : payment of damages : compensation in money or materials payable
  • deedsMain Entry: 1deed : something that is done : a signed and usually sealed instrument containing some legal transfer, bargain, or contract

Obama sometimes sounds a little like Bill Clinton. Bill tried to explain, parse, and define what sex and/or oral sex is about, whilst trying to hide his actions. Obama does something quite similar, when trying to hide his true intent, by avoiding or parsing the word “reparations”…so to speak of his use of “deeds”. Two shysters from the same Democratic Party.

Swåmp Hermî†

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