Reparations Won't Fix Anything
with John McWhorter
With several American cities possibly poised to take action on reparations, what seemed like a pipe dream a couple decades ago—cash payments to African Americans in “compensation” for slavery, Jim Crow, and redlining—could become a reality. I think this would be an utter disaster, and, in this excerpt from our most recent episode, I tell John McWhorter why.
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I've been to Australia, Britain, Scotland, Africa, and 150-plus countries around the world. The Australian Aboriginals were subject to genocide and brutality. Their were kids (near-looking to whites) who were forcibly taken by whites for adoption. This lasted until the 1970s.
BTW, children of white indentured servants and convicts were not codified into the status of permanent slavery after birth. Indentured servants usually had 7-year contracts and were then given hundreds of acres of free indigenous land. Whites have received billions of acres of free Indian and abundant free African labor which mal distributed massive generation wealth and power to whites.
Just think if freed black slaves received their 40 areas and a mule after the end of the American Civil War. The value of the land today? The ones who received it were forced to return it.
Racism is a competitive relationship between groups for ownership and control of resources wealth and power. Europeans got the head start and affirmative action programs through the genocide of the indigenous, billions of acres of free Indian/indigenous land, and authoritarian apartheid policies.
The black group wealth of only 2% in this country hasn't changed since the eve of the American Civil when there were 4 million black slaves and 400 thousand semi-free blacks. Blacks were excluded from fully participating in American capitalism because of the 250 years of slavery and 100 years of brutal Jim Crow policies.
Celtics from the British Isles? The dysfunctional "cracker culture" negatively affected the blacks in the South who took it north and so forth. The blacks from the West Indies, not having experienced the antebellum southern cracker culture, tend to succeed better in America than native blacks. Thomas Sowell talks about this in one of his books with references to Grady McWhinney's book, "Cracker Culture---Celtic Ways of the Old South."
Antelebrllium southern cracker culture emanated from the old cracker culture in certain backward parts of Northern England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland. Known for extreme violence (IHe., Hatfields vs McCoys), castrations during mutual combat---passed on to castrating black males in the south, sexual promiscuity, duels, etc.
Honoring the Tuskegee pilots.