Reason 7 Against Reparations By David Horowitz
7. The Reparations Claim Is One More Attempt To Turn African-Americans Into Victims. It Sends A Damaging Message To The African-American Community. The renewed sense of grievance -- which is what the claim for reparations will inevitably create -- is neither a constructive nor a helpful message for black leaders to be sending to their communities and to others. To focus the social passions of African-Americans on what some Americans may have done to their ancestors fifty or a hundred and fifty years ago is to burden them with a crippling sense of victim-hood. How are the millions of refugees from tyranny and genocide who are now living in America going to receive these claims, moreover, except as demands for special treatment, an extravagant new handout that is only necessary because some blacks can't seem to locate the ladder of opportunity within reach of others -- many less privileged than themselves?
Reason 7 For Reparations
7. If you can ignore the history of racism that has plagued and debilidated our community, then what Horowitz says makes sence. But as the Kerner report stated, "White society is deeply implicated in the ghetto," the 1968 report said. "White institutions created, white institutions maintain it, and white society condones it." Given the realization that his circumstance is not a matter of some innate condition African-American children may find the spark needed to challenge the limitations placed on their lives. He feigns concern for the social psychology of the black community, but offers nothing to repair the damage done by hundreds of years of slavery and racism. In fact, he seems more concerned with the affect of reparations on people outside of our community then the institutionalized racism that keeps the ladder of opportunity out of our community.
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