Slavery and YOUR Tax Dollars


On July 31, I wrote a post titled “Slavery apology: will it affect YOUR tax dollars”

In that post, I quoted BO’s position statement when asked his stance on reparations while speaking at a journalists of color convention last Sunday (july 27th).

Today, I saw an API  press release. The headline read, Obama says he opposes slavery reparations, apology.

The first sentence of the article today read:

 “Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama opposes offering reparations to the descendants of slaves, putting him at odds with some black groups and leaders.”

 That statement is not true.

If you read what he told the journalists of color at the Unity convention last Sunday, he said…

“I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it’s Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds.”

BO went on to say the government should focus on providing jobs, education and health.

What part of that indicates a stance of opposition?

He’s playing semantics games again with his legal speak.

I’ve begun to recognize when he’s fibbing (or shifting).  After reading the text of the legislation – it seems to me that he agrees with the current ongoing dialogue and legislation.

Included in the text of the legislation…

Whereas African-Americans continue to suffer from the complex interplay between slavery and Jim Crow–long after both systems were formally abolished–through enormous damage and loss, both tangible and intangible, including the loss of human dignity, the frustration of careers and professional lives, and the long-term loss of income and opportunity; (see more at end of this post)

Black leaders welcomed the formal apology on Tuesday. In a statement from Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, a Democratic congressman from Michigan…

“We must now continue our efforts to free African-Americans from the shackles of inferior education, inadequate health care and lack of jobs.”

It appears that his dialogue is the same. The push is for reparations through education, health care and jobs.

Currently, there are some two dozen members of Congress are co-sponsoring legislation to create a commission that would study reparations – that is, payments and programs to make up for the damage done by slavery. (see at end of this post HR 40)

Do you see where this is going with our government lawmakers – including Obama?

After reading this mornings headlines, I wondered to myself if the heckler who interrupted his speech yesterday, Aug. 1, during a rally in St. Petersburg, FL,  wasn’t perhaps staged.

The reason I question the “staging” of events is because it’s been only three days ago that legislation in Congress was passed to apologize for slavery. The black communities are happy that the government is taking steps towards reparations. The sign and timing is off. Unless – you’re staging it for the white community who might be concerned.

News agencies picked up the clip all around the country. The timing couldn’t have been better. The heckler stood up with a sign that said, “What about the black community Obama?”

Obama’s response to the black community:

 I may not have spoken out the way you want me to speak out,” he said. “But I am suggesting that I have spoken out, and spoken out forcefully.”

There. It seems like he has appeased everyone like I’ve noticed he always does through semantics. He’s told the whites that he opposes offering reparations and he’s told the blacks he’s spoken out in a different way. That way, I believe, will be through our tax dollars because he believes

“…not just offer words, but offer deeds.” BO went on to say the government  should focus on providing jobs, education and health.

Remember when your child was young and you could always tell when he was fibbing or not telling the whole truth by a facial or physical characteristic the child would do? You knew little Johnny was fibbing when he ground his toe in the sand and wouldn’t look you in the eye?

I’ve come to recognize Obama’s characteristic is when he makes a statement that starts out with, “I have said in the past – and I’ll repeat again…” it tells me to investigate the statement because there will probably be multiple versions of his quoted position statement and he’s trying to cancel one out as having never said it.

H.Res.194 — Rep. Steve Cohen (TN) introduced the bill titled “Apologizing for the enslavement and racial segregation of African-Americans” back in Feb. 2007. On 7/29/2008 it was Passed/agreed to in the House. (notice the timing of the bill) Click here to read the entire bill. (click “H.Res” under 110th Congress and scan for bill number)

HR 40 – Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (MI) introduced the bill titled “To acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.” Back in Jan. 2007.

HR 40 authorizes an appropriation of $8 Million for the study. The bill starts out by indicating the committee shall include an examination of capture and procurement of Africans; the transport of Africans to the US … including their treatment during transport; the sale and acquisition of Africans as chattel property in interstate and instrastate commerce; the treatment of African slaves in the colonies and the United States, including the deprivation of their freedom, exploitation of their labor, and destruction of their culture, language, religion, and families.

The bill goes on to indicate an investigation on reparations is authorized. Whether the Government of the United States should offer a formal apology on behalf of the people of the United States for the perpetration of gross human rights violations on African slaves and their descendants; Whether African-Americans still suffer from the lingering effects; Whether, in consideration of the Commission’s findings, any form of compensation to the descendants of African slaves is warranted; If the Commission finds that such compensation is warranted, what should be the amount of compensation, what form of compensation should be awarded, and who should be eligible for such compensation. The bill is long and has more details you might be interested in. Click here to read the entire bill. (click “HR” under 110th Congress and scan for bill number)


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