Lately you hear a lot of talk about reparations. I know this is a touchy subject to some and others use it as a way to call you a racist. I myself am against it. Other than going on Ancestry to look up my great great great grandparents, I do not personally know a single person that owned a slave, nor do I know a single person that was a slave. Why would I or should I pay reparations for something I had nothing to do with? Do you think that you should pay for something you did not do?
So what are reparations? “It is the idea that some form of compensatory payment needs to be made to the descendants of Africans who had been enslaved as part of the Atlantic slave trade,” as per Wikipedia. In my opinion, this should have been paid when slavery ended, not years later for the children’s children to pay. I had nothing to do with it and frankly do not feel I owe shit. There are a lot of pros and cons for it. Some say Jim Crow laws made it hard even though slavery was ended and I understand that though slavery was ended that they were still treated like slaves being segregated and such. But again, that was way before my time, so why should I pay?
I was 2 years old when the Civil Rights Act came to be in 1964. This was supposed to stop discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. And yes, I totally understand that it did not work completely, but it did help some, but to say that it is my fault is still not viable to me to allow the government to say I owe them money for their past hardship. I am not in the KKK, not affiliated with them, nor Aryan Nations, or any other white power group. I am just a white girl (forgive me for my color) that was born in the US and raised in Georgia and could not care less what color you are as long as you treat me the way you expect to be treated. Why should I be punished for something I did not do?
Seems to me the Democratic party started all this mess, did not want to let go of it, and have owned Black Democrats for years. If you asked me, they should pay reparations. They started the KKK, they created abortion for the reason of killing off the black population. Blacks are leaving the democratic party because of all the lies and deceit. They have kept them down by giving them free food, free healthcare, free housing (slums mainly), and lied to them throughout the years to keep them hanging on to their every word.
Lets talk about affirmative action. This was an “Executive Order 10925, which was signed by President John F. Kennedy on 6 March 1961 and required that government employers “not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, or national origin” and “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin,” again according to Wikipedia. Now I understand that not only helps blacks, but also helps women too. It basically was equality for all and I also understand that it didn’t really help people any more than the Civil Rights Act, it just set a standard for hiring by placing an actual quota on hiring a certain amount of blacks, whites, women, etc, but it did give women and blacks an opportunity for jobs they normally would not be hired for.
Now I also have a issue for this as it forces people to hire someone (man or woman, black or white) that is not otherwise qualified for said job just because they receive money funding and must have a quota of how many of certain applicants to receive said monies. I myself feel I have been turned down for a job before because they had their quota of women and needed more “blacks” for the job. In my opinion the question of what your race and/or sex is should be removed from applications all the way around and your work history should speak for you instead. Now I know that does not make up for what happened years ago, but it was a step in the right direction for the time, but its time has passed and we should hire people according to their qualifications straight up and nothing more.
My thing is that we have tried to help the Black population and a lot have flourished, become something, live upstanding lives, and are respectable. They have gotten an education, made great grades, got into awesome colleges, built businesses, and tried their best to be great people and succeeded. Then you have Blacks who haven’t. Is that my fault? Is it my fault that a lot of, lets say the younger Blacks, want to live in their ancestors history? I heard a week or so ago how Jews cry constantly about the Holocaust, but honestly I find that untrue, most of them do not talk about it, they just live their lives, they are happy and appreciative for the lives they have, which most worked extremely hard to achieve. Most blacks constantly talk about how “we (white people) owe them.” I actually had a black girl tell me that once in passing, she said “you owe me bitch.” I didn’t even know the girl, she was working janitorial at the stadium and I was setting up a bagel stand there, walked by and she mumbled that as I passed by.
Why can’t we move forward instead of backwards? Why not better yourself for your future generation and quit expecting a handout because of past transgressions? I blame a lot of the younger generation (1970s-1980s-ish) Blacks are raising their kids to hate whites, to think someone owes them, and that are taught that no matter what they do they will never be someone. That is a lie that they are being taught. Anyone no matter what color or sex can be anything they want to be, but you have to do it for yourself, not have someone do it for you. I am so tired of hearing people pull the racist card. If you go to school, your a troublemaker, bully, drug addict, etc, and you refuse to learn and grow, then you and only you are to blame for where you end up as an adult. To me, if you want to live in the past, then the past you shall live in. I say choose the future. Quit crying about shit that happened long ago and grow up and become someone people can respect instead of being a thug. I love Candace Owens, she says it best:
You can be poor, middle class, or rich – it doesn’t matter. The black card will still confer upon you an entire history of oppression, even if you’ve never been oppressed. Flash the black card, and most white people will cower.
So anyway, does my opinion make me a racist? I feel it doesn’t. Besides, you can’t be racist if you hate everyone. I like people according to the way they treat me, you treat me bad, I will hit ya back. Anyone can do anything they want to do, it takes hard work and effort, if you don’t have that then you won’t make it no matter what color or gender you are. It is plain and simple, work hard, do what’s right, do what you want to do as long as it does not hurt anyone else and become someone. I will leave you with another great quote from Candace:
I don’t know why people like being oppressed.