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I should have written this… (Reparations)

Dexter Rogers
National Sports Columnist with Examiner.com
Posted: May 13, 2010 12:22 PM
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Reparations: Is President Obama Duping the African-American Community?

Did you know part of the stimulus package President Barack Obama signed in February called for nearly 200-million dollars to be distributed to Philippine veterans who fought alongside U.S. soldiers in World War II?

Did you know President Obama also signed a measure in 2009 to pay Native Americans 3.4 billion dollars?

If President Obama can quietly provide Filipino soldiers and Native Americans back pay for their mistreatment why can’t he produce dollars for African-Americans whose forefathers endured bitter cruelties during slavery?

Is President Obama duping the African-American community?

Actions speak louder than words; rhetoric is only relevant if constructive action results from them. The rhetoric with respect to the African-American community has been empty.

President Obama is living in a mansion built by slaves. Institutionalized slavery was a profit-making machine. America thrived off the free labor African slaves were forced to render for oppressors.

For more than four centuries, Africans were subject to the most heinous crimes ever committed: rape, murder, kidnapping and not too mention having the families ripped apart by sending them to other plantations. To this day no one has been brought to justice for those crimes.

Slaves didn’t have any civil or human rights even though Founding Father Thomas Jefferson wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.”

As Jefferson published his famous piece of hypocrisy in the Declaration of Independence he had over 200 slaves on his property and seven children he fathered by slave Sally Hemmings.

True or false?

Slaves labored for centuries without a paycheck. Many of us cry when we lose a job issued in the mainstream yet slaves had no such luxury. Slaves consistently labored in receiving no compensation while being physically and emotionally battered in the process.

How can President Obama sign a measure giving Filipino war Veterans one-time payments of $9,000 for non-Filipino citizens and $15,000 for Filipino citizens and not utter one word about the plight of African-Americans?

How can President Obama sign a measure giving Native Americans reparations yet not suggest reparations for African-Americans?

How can President Obama, who has a degree in constitutional law, neglect to mention African slaves largely built this country and the home he’s living in now?

Many African-Americans have been conditioned to the notion that reparations are ridiculous. They’ve been conditioned to think asking for something that’s owed is asking for a hand out.

Question for you all: Would any of you work for your current employer an entire month and give your earnings back to your boss?

Here are some groups that have gotten paid:

*In March of 1953 the West Germans signed a treaty with Israel that acknowledged the persecution and enslavement of Jews during the Holocaust. Jews were compensated for the property that was stolen from them by the Nazis.

*Under the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 President Ronald Reagan apologized to the Japanese Americans internment during World War II. He provided reparations of $20,000 to each survivor to compensate for loss of property and liberty during the war.

*Native American tribes over time have received compensation for lands ceded to them by the United States by various treaties and President Obama ensured they’d get 3.4 million dollars.

Now President Obama slipped in 200-million for the Filipinos. Don’t you think it’s time African-Americans get paid as well?

If the government doesn’t want to do the right thing perhaps that government should be taken to court. Take the United States to the world court of the United Nations. Taking your case to the Supreme Court would put the case in the jurisdiction of the oppressor.

You’ll have a better chance of winning by taking the criminal to court than of taking your case to the criminal.

President Obama hasn’t addressed any of the ills that reside in the African-American community. National employment is at 10 percent, but the numbers are nearly double that in the African-American community.

President Obama talks about going “green” and creating green jobs, but how many will go to African-Americans?

For President Obama to issue an apology and to sign a measure giving Native Americans and Filipino veterans money and simultaneously fail to address the African-American community equates to a serious duping.

Many are joyous an African-American is President of the United States. We as citizens can’t allow the euphoria President Obama’s presidency has generated to cloud the fact that he’s neglected the African-American community.

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