I did not want to weigh in on reparations, but Fox news rhetoric has brought me into the fray. Yes, this nation needs reparations. The damage done to Black America is documented, real and lasting. The myriad of attacks on the Black community are part of our national history. The lasting effects are evident from real estate to education. White flight and blockbusting has permanently caused a gap between black and white generational wealth. The house that I grew up in was built in the 1920’s for $6000.00 and was sold to my parents in 1959 for $12,000.00. We were the second black family to move into the neighborhood. The last black family to move into the neighborhood during the 1970’s paid $45,000.00 for a similar house. The housing in that zip code now average $55,000.00. The white families that left this neighborhood with their new found equity bought suburban homes for $55,000.00 to $65,000.00. These homes are now worth $185,000.00 to $250,000.00. The gap from $45,000.00 to $185,000.00 is enormous. Our separate and unequal school systems are another legacy of our nation’s Economic Cold War Against Black America. Share cropping, eugenics, Tuskegee experiments, police shootings, red lining, disparaging cost in healthcare and insurance…the list goes on and on.
The real reason that we do not want to seriously talk about reparations is the cost. The coffers are not full enough to come close to a reasonable gesture to the evils of Jim Crow and lynchings.
Well Republicans, it is time for you to stand up for the founders of your party and support reparations. We cannot expect the Democratic plantation to lead the charge. You know the Democrats, Party of Jim Crow and the KKK.
They are busy trying to find new ways to exploit our political capitol. Republicans are into tax cuts. It is the belief of many Republicans that tax cuts stimulate the economy. I propose that the Republicans regain the dignity of their party, oust the Rush Limbaughs and lead the charge for reparations. Exempt Black Americans from income taxes for five years. Abolish all of the plantation hand out programs and allow this nation to heal. Let's call it the New Reconstruction Tax Relief Program. (or as my daughter calls it "NO TAX FOR BLACKS")
The New Reconstruction Tax Relief Program will stimulate the economy, put money where it is really needed. It will reward the hard working and create jobs for the disenfranchised. It will end the need for set asides and hand outs. It will destroy the conservative talking points on race, create self reliance, and then we can begin to heal as a nation.
It is time for both parties to stop interfering with the destiny of Black America.