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OpEd | The reparations scam is back, and Democratic presidential candidates are falling [on] it
[A]gainst the backdrop of a 2020 presidential race, mainstream Democrats are giving lip service to considering -- er, "studying" the ways of providing "reparations" that, if serious and honestly pursued, would run in the trillions, go into the pockets of people many generations removed [sic] from slavery and make a mockery of actual attempts to repair moral damage done.
true dat: Reparations bill wins new momentum in Congress
Former Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) had introduced a reparations bill in every Congress since 1989, but the legislation was given little notice even with the nation's first black president, Barack Obama, in office.
sort of exactly like H.R. 676: Does the 'content of their character' still matter in the 2020 race?
It's easy to mock Democrats for setting the bar too high. But at least they have a bar
No, hell no.

Biscuit-buttering praise of cads is common place and reminds me of my visit the MLK Memorial, when the Park Service finally opened it to the public in 2011. Press lining belt-way bird cages derided the artist, a Chinese national. But this rough hewn figure, striding from a tower of granite, is a magnificent expression of the people's struggle which MLK represented. Lock our eyes there and not on mawkish fragments, selected by committee from his speeches, which are etched in the promenade walls ringing this monument to their unrequited love. Speaking of character: The man was a fearless politician, lest we forget. Among many words he uttered that condemned the self-servin sumbitches who abandon debts to this nation, he said, speaking of content not in the least figurative.

In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

delivered 28 August 1963: pay the fuck up.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 10:45:45 PM EST
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