...jk, just wanted to get your attention. While reading one of the GREATEST BOOKS EVER WRITTEN, I came across one of the best arguments in favor of reparations ever written:
Consequently, while prior forms of White domination and exploitation of Blacks may have ceased and desisted, the economic injustices and inequalities they imposed continue unabated. The legal prohibition of further injustices does not necessarily mean that the injurious effects of past injustices no longer persist and do not require rectification. Justice requires not only the ceasing and desisting of injustice but also requires either punishment or reparation for injuries and damages inflicted for prior wrongdoing. The essence of injustice is the redistribution of gains earned through the perpetration of injustice. If restitution is not made and reparations not instituted to compensate for prior injustices, those injustices are in effect rewarded. And the benefits such rewards conferred on the perpetrators of injustice will continue to "draw interest," to be reinvested, and to be passed on to their children, who will use their inherited advantages to continue to exploit the children of the victims of the injustices of their ancestors. Consequently, injustice and inequality will be maintained across the generations as will their deleterious social, economic, and political outcomes.
Basically, what he's saying here is that in order for the Afrikan/Black community to ever reach equality with the white community within any reasonable amount of time (say before your great grandchildren kick the bucket) there must be economic compensation made for past social, political, and economic injustices (emphasis on the economic) or else the chronic state of Black subordination will continue indefinitely.
Allow me to illustrate. What if I stole $100 a month from you for the next five years and then I got caught. If for some strange reason you allowed me to escape unharmed and didn't get your money back, I would be $6 stacks richer and you would be that much poorer. Then you'd have to start saving that money all over again, while I'd be investing and earning interest on that money I stole. Furthermore, say I did this to everyone on your block, and bought all the stores in your neighborhood with the money I stole. So now you have to get a job from me in order to earn your money back, but the more you work, the more money I make off of your labor. So I'd have all this money and businesses to pass down to my kids, and plenty of broke n*gg*s working for me making barely enough to stay out of debt because I've convinced you to spend your money on useless crap from the stores I bought. Finally, every time you get a little worked up about your messed up situation, I throw you a bone...a Black mayor or even a President, some token Tom in a higher paying manager position, a scholarship, etc., but the majority of you are still out of luck and even the tokens are getting peanuts compared guap I'm making.
Now, since I'm a thief and obviously not trustworthy, I'm not going to just give you your money back. You're going to either have to lay down and take it, lay down and beg me for a job so you can earn your money back (which is what most of you Negros are doing), or figure out a way to stand up and get it from me yourself, and you can't just take it because I also bought a crapload of weapons with that stolen money. Whatchu gonna do? I vote we start taking over these businesses...who's with me?!]]>