The Civil Writer Magazine

The idea of paying reparations for slavery is gaining momentum in the United States, despite being an unrealistic plan, to compensate for state violence and discrimination committed against Black people, some long dead. This is not a well thought out plan. It is about the victims but not who they left behind? For example Germany compensated victims of the Holocaust, South Africa compensated victims of apartheid, the US compensated victims of Japanese internment during World War II, the state of North Carolina compensated victims of its forced sterilization programs in the mid-20th century, the federal government to compensated victims of the Tuskegee experiment, and Florida compensated victims of the Rosewood race riot of 1923.

None compensated offspring. I am not a believer of reparations to the total Black race. I believe reparations should go to those born before the Civil and equal rights legislations were signed into law. These acts, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964, prohibited discrimination in public places, provided for the integration of schools and other public facilities, and made employment discrimination illegal. This document was the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. It began to settle wounds from the past leading up to that day. Therefore everyone of that era should be compensated. Jim Crow left the residues of slavery and in some forms a continuation of slavery without the shackles.

All Black children and adults suffered up to president Johnson signing legislation to lawfully ban discrimination should get reparations. If anyone deserves reparations would be those who suffered not just from slavery but the environment it continued in society. Why should my children and grandchildren be awarded reparations. Why should anyone Black be rewarded reparations because they arrived to the states after the 1960s. Reparations should go to victims up to 1964 and not the offspring of victims being the victims of slavery are dead. Award the sufferers not the onlookers.