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Can we repair reparations?

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(ThyBlackMan.com) The Perils and Practicalities of California’s Reparations Task Force Proposal: A Conservative Perspective…

In the quest for recompense for historical injustices, the California Reparations Task Force has taken a bold and controversial step. Recommending payments of up to $1.2 million to every qualifying Black resident, the nine-member panel aims to address the long-standing racial disparities and inequalities in the state. But as the nation witnesses this unfolding drama, it is essential to ask: Are we merely embarking on a well-intentioned but ultimately impractical endeavor?

While the moral case for reparations is clear, the practical implications of such a policy are far from straightforward. The task force’s recommendations attempt to break down payments by types of historical discrimination, such as redlining by banks and over policing leading to mass incarceration. Assigning monetary values to different timeframes and experiences raises the question: Can we accurately quantify pain and suffering, particularly across multiple generations?

California’s Reparations

Moreover, the administrative challenge of determining eligibility and distributing funds threatens to add to the bureaucratic morass. With an already bloated and inefficient public sector, would the state of California be able to implement a reparations policy effectively and fairly? The risk of further resentment and frustration among the affected population is real, as the reparations debate exposes deep-seated divisions and complex historical relationships.

The emotionally charged public meeting in Oakland, Calif., showcased the vast range of opinions on the topic of reparations. Disagreements and interruptions were abundant, with some attendees demanding larger payments while others called for alternative solutions. This discord highlights the seemingly insurmountable task of finding a universally acceptable resolution. The reparations issue demands a level-headed approach that balances justice, fairness and practicality.

For conservatives, the reparations debate raises concerns about the viability of compensating for historical injustices through financial means. The task force’s proposal, while rooted in empathy and a desire for justice, may be an example of progressive overreach. As we grapple with the moral imperatives of reparations, we must also consider the potential unintended consequences of such a policy.

It is crucial to remember that California, despite entering the Union as a free state in 1850, failed to guarantee freedom for a decade after emancipation. The state’s historical relationship with racial inequality is intricate and cannot be easily untangled. Addressing historical wrongs is undeniably important, but it must be done with an eye to the potential consequences of well-intentioned but ill-conceived policies.

The conservative viewpoint calls for prudent skepticism in the face of ambitious proposals such as the one put forth by the California Reparations Task Force. We must recognize the risks of opening a Pandora’s box of grievances that may never be fully addressed, sowing discord and dissatisfaction. Instead of getting mired in the quagmire of reparations, the focus should be on forward-looking policies that foster equal opportunity and justice for all.

As California legislators mull over the task force’s recommendations, they must weigh both the moral imperatives and the practical challenges of reparations. A more prudent approach would be to invest in education, infrastructure, and social programs that promote upward mobility and dismantle systemic barriers to success. This way, we can build a more just and equitable future without indulging in an unwieldy and contentious reparations scheme.

The California Reparations Task Force’s proposal, although without legal weight, has sparked a crucial conversation. But as the nation watches this unfolding debate, it is essential to approach the issue with prudence, skepticism, and a commitment to finding solutions that truly promote a more just and equitable future. In the end, the path to progress may not lie in reparations, but rather in a renewed dedication to the values of opportunity and fairness that have guided this nation since its founding.

An additional aspect worth considering is the potential ripple effect of the reparations debate across the country. California’s actions could set a precedent that encourages other states to grapple with their own histories and implement similar policies. While it is vital to address past injustices, we must also contemplate the possible consequences of a patchwork of reparations programs throughout the nation. These programs could create further complexities in terms of resource allocation, interstate relationships and a perceived sense of fairness.

As we look at the bigger picture, it is crucial to keep in mind that the challenges surrounding reparations extend beyond California’s borders. A comprehensive and sustainable solution may necessitate a national conversation that encompasses all states and regions. By examining the issue through a broader lens, we can identify approaches that foster unity, justice and equity for all Americans, irrespective of their background or place of residence.

The California Reparations Task Force’s proposal has ignited a significant and timely debate. However, it is crucial to approach this issue with prudence, skepticism and a commitment to finding solutions that truly promote a more just and equitable future. As we navigate the moral imperatives and practical challenges of reparations, we must keep the best interests of our nation and its people at the forefront of our considerations.

Written by Armstrong Williams

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8 Responses to “Can we repair reparations?”
  1. Kenneth Ephraim says:

    $$$$$$.00 I want mine and for family

  2. wiseone says:

    Black people and ILLEGALS have been slated as a PERMANENT UNDERCLASS. Someone needs to work at AMAZON, FED EX WAREHOUSES, AND serve the food.

    Appealing to whites MORALITY AND RIGHTEOUSNESS is a waste of time. Whites aren’t about MORALITY AND RIGHTEOUSNESS. They are about POWER AND PRIVALLEGE. The goal is to maintain ECONOMIC EQUALITY because ECONOMIC INEQUALITY IS A TOOL TO PROTECT THEIR POWER AND PRIVALLEGE. It is to make sure YOU CAN NEVER COMPETE AND TO MAINTAIN SEGREGATION. Its to make sure you and your children cant compete so they dont ever have to worry about us BEING THEIR BOSSES, NEIGHBORS, OR INLAWS. To only allow a token amount they are comfortable with.


    Its amazing black people been here over 400 years and still don’t understand that.

    Democrats just like to bring this issue up every so often to look like they are the good guys over the bad republicans. When in REALITY THEY BOTH ARE AGAINST IT and benefit greatly from economic inequality.

  3. Tim Willis says:

    40 acres and a mule were promised to 4.5 million slaves at the end of the Civil War. Currently the average price per acre of pasture land in America is $1480/acre, or $59200 for 40 acres. 40 acres distributed to 4.5 million slaves at current value subdivided among the present 47 million black Americans translates to $5668 per black American. The current value of a mule adds another $3500 to that, so let’s be generous and give each black American $10000.
    Since 1964, some $15 Trillion was spent in welfare payments, a significant portion of which allocated to black Americans.
    Bottom line: reparations have been paid many times over. If anything, black Americans owe the rest of America reparations, and we haven’t even accounted for the damage you’ve done in violent crime.

    • Dr. Herriott says:

      Typical White Supremacist talk. Paying reparations would have to be stated as such. Just like America paid reparations to Native Americans, Jews and Japanese Americans. Your calculations and everything that you cited is surrounded in racism and hate. We are owed reparations for slavery, Jim Crow, Red-lining etc. America needs to be fair because God don’t like ugly. You reap what you sow…

      • Tim Willis says:

        You bleat “White Supremacist”, but can’t refute a single number I cited. Reality is, as they say, racist.

        A very large correction is needed in your response, you aren’t owed reparations. You *were* owed reparations. Those reparations have been paid many times over in the form of welfare payments.

        It’s now past time to sow the seeds for the reparations black Americans owe the rest of America. That’s a crop I’m looking forward to reap.

  4. Mary A Brown says:

    Did anyone ask me for my approval of even my thoughts on any other reparations that the government paid. I don’t recall. Why is it that when the race is Black/African Americans, the whole world has a say? The government recognized the problem and addressed it without even televising it. Did anyone asked us if we agreed with reparations for Jews, “No”, did anyone ask us if we agreed with reparations for Indigenous? “No”., and the numerous other reparations payments the government has paid. So we know why.

    Discrediting it in the media is the plan.

  5. Eugenio says:

    The California Reparations task force is/was only a distraction to fool the African Americans into voting again for the Democrats for the next election and then once the black people vote, they will again receive a slap in the face and only be offered symbolism and Juneteenth holiday that serves no purpose in empowerment and betterment of African American communities.

    The DNC, California Govenor Newsome have never ever done anything or given anything that is specific or tangible for the black men or black women of America; but, they have given every other race and communities everything they have asked for and everything they did not asked for. When Biden was running for president, He told black America to vote for him and he will work on reparations, police brutality, jobs, HBCU’S grant money etc.. then as soon as the black community gave him his vote, they received nothing in returned. Biden has given more money and pass bills for the Asian community, Hispanic community, Afghan refugee, Ukrainians, and Taiwanese government: yet, He gave black voters nothing in return for their vote. The same happen with former President Obama who got all the black vote: yet, He did not give or do nothing that was specific and tangible for the black men and black women of America.

    The reparations for African Americans in California should be a minimum of $7 million dollars each per black person or black family, In addition, to receiving a check for seven million dollars, California Lawmakers will implement a bill making African Americans except from being tax and or paying taxes. Secondly, all liquor stores in California located in black neighborhoods must pay and give 30% of their annual revenue in a form of a check to all black people living in those neighborhood that have been victims to the onslaught of other races opening liquors store and selling their garbage fire water and junk food that has and have destroyed tens of thousands of African American homes. Third, all beauty shops and nail saloon owned by Asians and or middle Easterns will also pay and give a 30% of their annual revenues to the black residents of that community. Fourth; all Marijuana dispensaries in Southern California will pay a fine consisting of 45% of all their annual revenues to the hundreds of thousands of black men and black women that were arrested, cited and charge for smoking weed and or possession of marijuana of less than one ounce, additionally, all charges consisting of or involving marijuana should be removed, expunged or seal from their records.

    Equally important, the Stare of California as part of their Reparations of slavery to African Americans should deposit 25% of all California state revenues into a black owned and operated bank such as OneUnited bank, where that money will be use by the black bank to invest in the black community to create black jobs for black people, build black trade schools for our young men and young women to learn how to be mechanics, plumbers, electrician, carpenters solar panel installers, masonry, etc…. so we as a people can depend on each when we need any type of repair in our homes and business and therefore prevent another race or the racist people from getting our black dollars and resources and using to enrich themselves while destroying our precious African American communities.

    • Tim Willis says:

      Here’s the problem with your suggestion, Eugenio. Paying $7M for each black in California, along with the sundry collection of freebies and handouts, requires some value-creating sucker to pay the tab.

      California’s population is 35% Non-Hispanic White and falling fast. No White person in their right mind will stay in that state to subsidise the dysfunctional black population living there. Which leaves you with Hispanics and Asians, who by lack of liberal guilt, are even less inclined to subsidise your largesse.

      So as a non-Californian I fully endorse your plan, Eugenio. It will have only one of two outcomes, both of which are positive: 1. California concedes and turns into New Haiti or 2. California fights back and forces your kind to fend for yourselves.

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