by Maco L. Faniel
Breaking news! Congress apologizes for slavery!
Yes, I said it right! Last week the U.S. House of Representatives issued what has been called an “unprecedented” apology for the institution of slavery and for the subsequent Jim Crow laws.
OK, Clap for a minute and do the Roger Rabbit. I’ll wait.
Your minute is up now.
Now to my analysis of this apology. SO WHAT! It’s great that congress can say “we are sorry” for an institution that many of them benefited from. But what does this apology really mean, what does it do?
Does this apology right the economic disparities between Blacks and Whites?
Does this apology right the education disparities between Blacks and Whites?
Does this apology right the disproportionate number of Black males incarcerated?
Does this apology right the health care problems that exist among Blacks?
Does this apology even do anything for deep rooted thoughts of privilege and racism?
I THINK NOT. So, what in the HELL is the apology for?
To pacify Blacks?
The United States government and Corporate America are well aware of the ravaging effects of slavery and Jim Crow. That is why we have diversity, affirmative action, and why we had the Kerner Commisson and the Moynihan Report. The Kerner Commissino and the Moynihan Report researched the effects of enslavement, slavery, and Jim Crow and basically said that had it not been for slavery Blacks would be in a very different situation in the United States.
So this freaking apology is not an acknowledgement that the U.S. government did something wrong, they already knew that, to me it is a resolution full of rhetoric that does nothing to change the present moment.
It’s kind of like a man who has been beating his wife for years because he is weak and wants to exert fear over his wife. He beats her into submission, tells her that she is nothing, controls her money, makes sure she does not know how to get on Facebook, and rapes her every night. He knows what the hell he is doing, because he can see the fear in her eyes and she has tried to runaway numerous times. After years of kicking her ass, he apologizes, but he never changes and he never gives her back what he stole. So, she is twice victimized: first by the domestic abuse second by not having the opportunity to become an active participant in the marriage.
So, NOW WHAT?
Either the creators of this resolution are setting the stage for reparations, or this is just some smoke that the Congress is blowing up our anuses.
I am not sure if true reparations (economic repair for what was done wrong) are the answer. But slavery was an economic institution that benefited the ruling class and their descendants for generations and also served as the detriment to the slaves and their descendants.
Yes, I am presenting a cosmological argument. Because of enslavement, slavery, and Jim Crow we now have….(You fill in the blank.)
No, I am not arguing against personal responsibility for Blacks, BUT DAMN, patronage and privilege have benefited whites for years.
So, if not true reparations, then what? If no policy to right the policy that created current conditions, then what?
For it was policy that was signed by colonical governments to initiate enslavement, it was policy that was signed to condone and continue slavery, it was policy that overturned reconstruction policy, and it was policy that created Jim Crow laws.
Why not policy that truly addresses the economic disparities between Blacks and Whites?
Why not policy that rights the education disparities between Blacks and Whites?
Why not policy that rights the disproportionate number of Black males incarcerated?
Why not policy that provides universal health care and preventative health care?
If there are no policies (action) that follow this apology, then the apology is in vain, and HELL I DON’T WANT IT.
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