Black People : reparations revisited

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  1. rnojonson

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    Was watching Oprah on TV about ancestry and the thought occurred to me about how much effort we put into asking the US to fulfill a promise of reparations. I was thinking instead of trying to get a material payback as if that would help the real damage done, we should now consider this DNA test as a way to reestablish the African connection that was destroyed. It would start a whole new batch of relationships and considerations and all kinds of new avenues and problems of course. Few if any of our forefathers ever got to be freewill immigrants. All freewill immigrants have ties with their countries of origin. The ocean and language/culture suppression separated us, DNA could start the process to repair the damage. Chew on this and spit out your thinking.
     
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    rnojonson,

    I like the idea...good "outside the box" thinking.

     
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    Hopefully there ares ome posts in the archives that describe how folks can go about getting the testing and the cost and a corresponding listing of ethnic groups, and locations of African proximity.
     
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    raising the stakes, self idenity and civil-rights

    Also getting the cost down without stirring up the scam market. I believe it could be done on a per family basis instead of a per person basis, it would get us in the ballpark and if pin point accuracy is wanted, that would be more involved. This would help us to change our minds and pass a real history to our kids.

    I think our mythical African thoughts are not grounded in reality. We talk about great kingdoms and kinds of imagined high culture and science which may be historic fact, but the more essential African culture may be a bit more humble and intrinsic, like fairness, justice, respect and intelligence. Much harder to appropriate than hairdos, wild print fabrics and the mad at whiteboy personna. When you can recover your own center, then you can handle the rest of the world. I am an American yet I am denied full access, rights, and consideration by other Americans. Then I am called an African-American without ever being a legal immigrant. So my connection to Africa must be actual, not mythical or general. I really don't like being lumped together as "black", what country is that? And with all the genetic mixing in the world, one's race shouldn't have anything to do with one's citizenship, it's unconstitutional. It is time to un-institutionalize race in America.
     
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    The other interesting point is that out of the congressional discussions concerning Reparations for Blacks comes the problem of identifying who should receive said reparations. This out of the box thought you've conjured, rnojonson, would be the solution; and at the same time, would put the recent scientific discovery, Mt DNA, to good use.


     
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    like fairness, justice, respect and intelligence. Much harder to appropriate than hairdos,

    I feel you on that one,

    The Nguzo Saba made an attempt to do just that in the 70s,

    who knows where we would be today if only 69% of us had embraced it since then!
     
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    all black people on the planet deserve reparations
     
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    Agreeing with Elder James Frmphilly.



    Elder, I couldn't agree with you more, no one will ever convince me otherwise. Well said.:toast:

     
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    Even the ones in Africa? The victims are long dead I really don't see the point of reparations. I would be for reperations if you can pay the victims. America didn't invent slavery. Africa, Europe, latin america and every part of the world had slavery at one point. Slavery is still happening in Africa and the Middle East. I think that should be stopped.
     
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    are you black?

    if you are black then opt out and give me your share.
    if you are not black then you have no standing.
     
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