Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer came out in support of a bill this week, which would pay black Americans “slavery reparations,” while slandering Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“What McConnell said was just preposterous and that’s why I’m supporting this legislation. In his actions as Majority Leader, he’s done nothing to combat bigotry. I’ve always believed racism is the poison of America. The legacy of slavery and Jim Crow is still with us and that’s why we need to do a lot more.”
The proposed bill would “address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery.” by setting up “a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations.”
Senator Cory Booker sponsored a similar bill to pay blacks for the slavery of their ancestors. It isn’t even a real issue, just feel good liberal election rhetoric. Senators Schumer and Booker, backed by practically all of the Democrats, are obviously unfamiliar with early American history.
Slavery was not exclusive to the black person, just as suffering is not exclusive to the black person. If we are going to dredge up records of slavery and injustice then we must expand the search.
To be just, reparations must go first to the Native Americans. Forced off their land, imprisoned in camps and fenced into reservations, their people were virtually extinguished. Their squaws were raped, murdered or sold.
The oriental population were trafficked into the west during the gold rush days and sold as prostitutes, cooks and slaves. They are owed repairs and restoration.
When widowed, scores of women of all races were forced to become prostitutes in dance halls and traded as chattel. Many populations of various groups of people have been mistreated and abused in our nation’s historical timeline.
Natives from the Mediterranean islands were lured here in the 1700’s by English merchants. Greeks and their neighbors were ‘trafficked’ here as slaves and suffered barbaric conditions in the mosquito infested swamps of Florida. Those not working hard enough were beaten, confined in stocks, chained to heavy iron balls or logs — and forced to keep working.
A third of them died in their first year in America. If they survived serving their contract, they were often imprisoned and forced to sign away their freedom again. When they rebelled, due to starvation and sickness like malaria, they were punished.
Reparations (which comes from combining repair and restoration) has been made to the black population in countless ways. In the Civil War, white men fought, giving their blood and lives for slaves. Some mothers lost one son to another son in a battle over those they had never met.
Over the years, laws have changed. Assistance and benefits already given, such as education grants, and funds for private colleges have been provided. Equal Opportunity Employment was established decades ago, which made jobs available to the black man or black woman first. The fact is, the black population has been given a lot more help and care than any other minority population in this country has been given.
Schumer and Booker still believe that the black community has been held back and oppressed by the “white supremacists” in our country. Yet on salary as a Senator of $174,000 a year, Booker’s net worth is $3 million. He may be a little more oppressed than Tiger Woods, Denzel Washington, or Michael Jordan, but he has not been oppressed like a majority of white middle class folk have been. Not to mention all the folks in Appalachia.
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On top of having to shell out hard earned money in taxes to pay Booker’s salary, they have to listen to his racist remarks and watch him waste their hard earned money.
Booker has managed to rip open what others have worked years to heal, simply by opening his mouth. One man, much older, wiser and wealthier, Morgan Freeman, said on 60 minutes, “you can stop racism if you stop talking about it.” Ignoring the wisdom of an elder will cost Cory dearly.