by Witt Ryatt
The time has come to face the issue many white Americans dread:
Reparations due to those citizens whose ancestors were enslaved in
As you may have gathered if you have ever read this column before,
I am a white male. I grew up in a more integrated neighborhood than
most of the other white people I know. I was in the minority for
most of my childhood, so I have a certain empathy for those who suffer
merely because of their race.
So, I've decided to go ahead and disburse the portion I owe as a
white person right now. If you'll be so kind as to read until the
end, I will reveal how to collect what you are owed.
Now let's take a close look at what's going on here. There
is a group of very successful, and very influential individuals behind
the movement to bring suit for slavery rebates. Oh, incidentally,
they're nearly all lawyers who stand to profit much more than the average
Thanks to the fact that they are in the position to force this legal
up the anus of the legal system, there is going to be a huge windfall.
But chances are, those to whom the reward will be intended, will get only
a ceremonial pittance. And that's exactly what this whole exercise
in Judicial stupidity is all about.
As Grandad used to say, the American legal system is book smart,
but it doens't have a lick of common sense. Just because it is possible
to bring suit for anything in the world, doesn't mean you should.
Just what will be the result of such a suit?
It will take up lots of court time...costing millions and millions
of taxpayer dollars...
It will take up lots of Lawyer's billable hours...costing millions
and millions of taxpayer dollars...
It will stir up animosity between people of different races who would
otherwise have no problems working with, or living near each other.
It will incur even more legal fees as appeals are filed and tried...costing
into the billions of taxpayer dollars...
It will create a huge new bureaucratic system to disburse any funds
if they are ever awarded...just who gets how much...if a person is of mixed
race, do they get a smaller portion, etc...and should these funds go to
all citizens of African desent, or just those who can prove lineage to
It will create a wealthy new class of "Hundredaires" as huge checks,
possibly for as much as several hundred dollars US arrive in the mail...a
new era of prosperity is ushered in as African Americans buy expensive
houses, cars and other expensive items with their huge settlements.
It will pay untold millions to those courageous men who had the foresight
to perservere to the bitter, but profitable end.
The fact that such a suit may be brought isn't what bothers
me...the fact that most white families never owned slaves isn't what bothers
me, the fact that many African-Americans have found the path to prosperity
while many whites have not, isn't what bothers me. No, what really
bothers me is the way the lawyers are licking their chops at the thought
of their fees.
These are seasoned barristers with hundreds of Billions in awards
under their belts...Judging by the awards:
|Black Farmers' Settlement
|Loewen Group Funeral
These very savvy Legal Beagles know how to win and win big.
Now ask yourself, just how much of those settlements went to legal expenses?
A suit such as Slavery Reparations cannot possibly hope to right
the monumental wrong committed in another era, in a society that didn't
comprehend human rights the same way we do today. The only goal of
such a legal effort would be to ceremonially apologize for the inhumane
treatment of slaves who are long since dead, by masters who are also long
If that were the true goal of this new dream team, then let them
try this case pro bono. Do it for the good of American Society.
Do it to better the condition of your fellow man, not to make yourself
that much richer.
If sucessful, just how would any money be divvied up? Would
it be in one lump sum, or a lifetime annuity, like a lottery payout?
And what about adjustments. If the recipient's family has
recieved welfare, should the total amount be subtracted from the amount?
After all, since the aim is to do the right thing, don't things like housing
and money given freely count as a sort of reperation?
If you want to sue for something meaningful, how about bringing
an end to the self-perpetuating welfare system...generations of people
of all races have found themselves mired in the projects, on welfare, and
unable to lift themselves up.
Not only Blacks, look at Native Americans on the reservations, South
Sea islanders on American possessions...Puerto Ricans...anywhere the system
has allowed people to live for free without having to work, surprise...they
take the easy way. And along the way, they leave some personal dignity
Thanks for reading the entire article. Now, if you still believe
you are due reparations because of past inequities, please fill out this
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