White People Pay for Black Peoples Drinks, Reparations?
This will certainly help race relations, will it not?
The New York Times is reporting that last week, a bar in Portland, Oregon hosted “people of color” event, isn’t white a color, and gave them $10 as they arrived at the door. This $10 was a symbolic gift the organizers of the event stated that was primarily donated by white people who were asked not to attend the “Reparations Happy Hour.”
A local activist group called Brown Hope, stated they wanted this event to be a space for people of color in a mostly white city to meet, organize, discuss public policy and potentially plan various actions. Do non-white people have different needs politically than white people?
We really need to stop putting ourselves into boxes and understand that we are all human. Why does this group Brown Hope and any other groups that self-segregates themselves think that we are not all alike, does skin color really matter that much to these groups?
Sure you can say that non-white people do have some differences than white people but when it comes to politics I believe we are much closer than these groups attempting to make money off of this segregation think.
- We all want a good economy, well most of us, it does appear that the politicians and pundits in the Democratic Party are not too keen on this good economy we are experiencing.
- We all want good paying jobs to be created, except those who are not happy with the increase in pay and bonuses that are being given since Donald Trump has become President.
- We all want good schools, except those that protect the status quo of public schools.
- We all want safety in our neighborhoods, except those that keep attacking the police forces around the country.
- We all want a secure border, except those who advocate for less secure borders through their policies and many of them believe we should have no borders.
I could go on but I will stop here, I think you get my point. Maybe one political party does not see us as all humans who all have the same needs and desires.
We need to understand that by allowing ourselves to be put into political identity groups we do no good for those groups.
Remember what Martin Luther King Jr. said:
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
The economist Robert Browne once estimated a fair value for reparations of $1.4 trillion to $4.7 trillion and wrote that reparations should:
'restore the black community to the economic position it would have had if it had not been subjected to slavery and discrimination.'
As Robert King once stated:
Why can’t we all just get along?