Their Goal: the Redistribution of Wealth (as Reparations)

I never owned any slaves etc

 

A coalition of organizations calling themselves Movement for Black Lives (MBL) has created a platform that they believe, if implemented, will be instrumental in improving life for black people in America. In it, they present six major demands:

  1. We demand an end to the named and unnamed wars on Black people – including the criminalization, incarceration, and killing of our people.
  2. We demand reparations for harms inflicted on Black people: from colonialism to slavery through food & housing redlining, mass incarceration, & surveillance.
  3. We demand investments in the education, health, and safety of Black people, instead of investments in the criminalization, caging, and harming of Black people.
  4. We demand economic justice for all and a reconstruction of the economy to ensure Black communities have collective ownership, not merely access.
  5. We demand a world where those most impacted in our communities control the laws, institutions, and policies that are meant to serve us.
  6. We demand full and independent Black political power and Black self-determination in all areas of society.

This post will single out reparations (item #2) for examination (others to come later).

Exactly what is the definition of reparations?

“The making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged.”

Some African-Americans believe that they are owed reparations to right the wrongs that were caused by slavery and subsequent “institutional” racism.

Here is the first of their list of five reparations that they’re demanding. It specifically covers reparations related to education.

They say that reparations are due for: the systemic denial of access to high quality educational opportunities in the form of full and free access for all Black people (including undocumented and currently and formerly incarcerated people) to lifetime education including: free access and open admissions to public community colleges and universities, technical education (technology, trade and agricultural), educational support programs, retroactive forgiveness of student loans, and support for lifetime learning programs.

What they’re demanding is “full and free access for all Black people to lifetime education,” including colleges and universities. Note that they’re not arguing for free college tuition for all – they’re arguing for free tuition for black people only. How is that not expressly and intentionally racist?

Their complaint says that Black people have been locked into segregated institutions that are underfunded, under resourced and often face severe health risk because of the decrepit conditions of their school buildings. The current racial equity gap in education has roots that date back to enslavement.”

They neglect to note that schools tend to be functionally segregated not due to racial directives, but due to their location. Most of these dysfunctional schools are in inner-city areas, areas that are also poverty-stricken and rampant with crime.

In many of these inner-city areas, a black student trying to learn is viewed as “acting white” and discouraged or ridiculed by the student’s peers.

Hiring quality teachers who will teach in inner-city schools can be difficult since they’re often treated with disdain and derision and must contend with disruptive students.

One only has to look at the worst of the inner-city areas, like Detroit for example: In the 2010 census, Detroit had over 700,000 residents. Of those, 10.6% were white and 82.7% were black. Detroit has been under democrat control since 1961 and was governed by blacks from 1961 to 2014. In 2013, Detroit filed for bankruptcy – the largest U.S. city ever to do so and Detroit’s schools are failing. That alone should dispel the notion that democrat rule and more specifically black rule is a panacea for what ails the black community.

In 2015, 21 large urban school districts participated in the NAEP tests in reading and mathematics. Among these 21 districts, the Detroit Public Schools had the smallest percentages of eighth graders scoring proficient or better in reading and math. In other words, Detroit’s schools are failing their predominately black students. Blacks have been in charge of Detroit schools for decades, yet it wouldn’t serve their purpose to find fault with schools totally controlled by black administrations. It is more politically correct to blame whites for the problems that Detroit has faced.

Here is their next complaint: Black students are less likely to attend schools that offer advanced coursework, less likely to be placed in gifted and talented programs, more likely to attend schools with less qualified educators, and employ law enforcement officers but no counselors.

They’re complaining that blacks have been receiving a second-rate education and at the same time questioning the lack of “advanced coursework” and “gifted and talented” programs? Has it occurred to anyone that fewer black students likely qualified for those advanced programs?

That should not be taken to imply that black students are intellectually inferior because of their race, only that most white students don’t qualify either (only 6-10% of students qualify) – hence, the “gifted and talented” descriptor.

And how does MBL propose to “fix” the educational problems faced by blacks? By encouraging resourcefulness and determination? By encouraging blacks to stay in school, study, and apply themselves? By passing up a “Black Studies” curriculum and instead concentrate on a field of studies that is viable in the business world?

No, MBL sees the solution as requiring taxpayers to pay the entire costs of education, including costs of housing, transportation, childcare, healthcare, and food. In other words, a free ride for blacks on the backs of taxpayers.

Here are their “solutions” that propose to repay blacks for past racist actions:

  • We seek complete open access for all to free public university, college and technical education programs (including technology, trade and agricultural) as well as full-funding for lifelong learning programs that support communities and families. We also seek the forgiveness of all federal student loans. Policies shall apply to all and should focus on outreach to communities historically denied access to education including undocumented, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people.
  • Cover all living costs, including but not limited to housing, transportation, childcare, healthcare, and food for students attending public universities, colleges, and technical educational programs (including technology, trade, and agricultural).
  • Fully fund and provide open access to K-12, higher education, technical educational programs (including technology, trade, and agricultural), educational support programs and lifelong learning programs to every individual incarcerated in local, state, and federal correctional facilities (juvenile and adult).
  • Provide full access to all undocumented people to state and federal programs that provide aid to cover the full costs, including living costs, to attend public universities, and colleges, technical educational programs, and lifelong learning programs.
  • Increased federal and state investments in all Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs).

How’s that socialism sound, friends and neighbors?

Garnet92.



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7 replies

  1. Well let’s see here.
    Al Gore started out with Global Warming and it got turned into Climate Change.
    Now got BLM is getting turned into MLB.
    Where’s Waldo?

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  2. Well, I’m sure you’ll understand when I admit I didn’t read the whole thing. In all honesty, as soon as I saw the word “reparations” I knew what this was all about.

    Putting aside all the obvious and usual objections to the idea — no one alive was ever a slave or slave owner, etc. — the plain fact of the matter is that Blacks have already been receiving de facto “reparations” for decades anyway. From LBJ’s Great Society programs onward, and the “Equal Opportunity” programs and other laws that give preferential treatment to minorities, this country has been transferring wealth to those groups both directly and indirectly for a very long time.

    If after 50+ years they STILL haven’t been able to get their collective act together, whose fault is that?

    On top of ALL of that, what color of skin does the idiot in the White House have?

    Pretty hard to make the argument that your race is still the victim of institutionalized racism when one of your own kind is the President of the country.

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    • Yet they’ll make the argument anyway – it’s all they’ve got. What other excuse can they claim for their inadequacies except slavery and racism. Without that, they’d have to find something new (or someone new) to blame for their lack of progress. It’s their raison d’etre – the core around which their existence is based. Without slavery or racism on what can they blame the bastard children, the uneducated teens, the black-on-black crime, their poor economic status, etc., etc.

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  3. Socialism is theft. Always has been, always will be. My response to the socialists and their list of wants is very simple:

    How does it feel to want?

    Perfect visual accompaniment, Garnet!

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    • That certainly seems to be the direction in which they’re pushing. I know that they think that life would be improved for them if we moved towards socialism (with the goal of eventually morphing into communism), but they’d be wrong.

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  4. A couple of questions for these freeloaders – who’s going to pay for all that free stuff and what happens when they run out of money??

    I have to wonder if these people are mad at us for being white or if they’re just mad because they were born black. I guess that’s our fault too.

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    • A rhetorical question: how many of the radical black activists do you think have any idea of the costs of their proposed programs?
      Answer: zero, zip, nada.
      It’s ALL our fault – no matter what IT is, it’s our fault. What a convenient excuse.

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