Black Poetry : reparations? you decide...

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  1. MissPoetik

    MissPoetik Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    oh boy! i know that this is a hot topic but i just wanted to post a different point of view. holla!
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    Oh Lord! The world is not ready for me
    I’ve got some thoughts in my head that are begging to be set free
    About my people that I just can’t help but to love
    And this reparation issue that has recently come up
    Twenty thousand dollars per person per year
    That rate is alarming; forget that, it’s severe
    I don’t know about you but I’ve never seen a plantation in my life
    And I’m not knocking my ancestors for their struggles and strife
    I just don’t feel that we deserve to get paid
    We don’t need that money because of the path that was paved
    By my mother, her mother and her mother too
    I am more prosperous than ever because of what they went through
    And why should taxpayers have to pay for others’ mistakes?
    In my opinion, reparation advocates are all fakes
    There are too many factors that must be taken into consideration
    Who’s going to decide who is black in this mixed nation?
    More and more kids are half this and half that
    How will they decide who is really black?
    If you ask me, I think that everyone was screwed
    So will America pay the Latinos and Asians too?
    How about using that money to teach the little ones
    About where they are headed and where they came from
    Or what about feeding the homeless and spending some time?
    Most don’t know that the average age of a homeless person is nine…
    United together we have accomplished so much
    And proved that we are unstoppable: We cannot be touched
    Reparations will bind us and keep us from rising
    Educate yourself on this issue; the facts are surprising
    Then decide on what you plan to do
    It’s all in the future and the future is me and you…
    Reparations? Erika Reynolds September 12, 2002
     
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    PositiveMindset Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Very touchy subject...

    When we speak of reparations, I think we're owed something.
    Maybe not in the sense of money, but our neighborhoods could use it, our schools, give us better hospitals, not clinics. Things that would better our condition, the same way that slave money in the white communities have bettered them.
     
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    in agreement 100%
     
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    midnightsson Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    i like the view you expressed. it's bold and i tend to agree in a way. we do deserve recognition...but not paper money. thank you for being assertive with your opinion :)
     
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    "So Real So True"

    Very nice view and I see where you are coming from but I think that blacks like the Indians, should be due something for the retribution that our forefathers and mothers suffered. Just a thought! but we are still paying in some ways for those mistakes….

    Be blessed
    Queen:(
     
  6. MissPoetik

    MissPoetik Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    thank ya!

    thanks for being gentle on me... i know this piece has caused some confrontation before. it's good to see that people agree. the educational system needs the money more than i do personally and that's coming from the mouth of a broke & struggling college student. the schools in our communities need improvement. but it seems that the best thing that they could do is tell the [email protected] truth! so many people are ignorant of america's history. but... i guess that is up to us. we have to educate our children...:teach:
     
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    I'm all for REPARATIONS and I do mean MONEY
    so if at all posibble, can I please have y'alls SHARE
    I can appreciate both your candor and your poetry
    But for me and mine send money, I provide CARE!!!
     
  8. MissPoetik

    MissPoetik Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    that's cool UL820... but if they do hook a sista up, i think i'll donate it to a charity or something. seriously, money is not going to erase what was done to my ancestors but proper education will teach these youngin's about where they really came from and how to move on from there... that is the best solution to me, not money...
     
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    Why not pay us what we're owed? The governemtn found justifiable cause in paying the Koreans reparations, and with the money that the Koreans were given, many were afforded the opportunity to open various businesses, some of which are in OUR neighborhoods. So why not pay reparation when most of the slaves were made to work on federal monuments, museaums, and federal buildings. Blacks were the first to hold federal government positions and not be payed for it, so again why not.

    Of course I'm not saying the federal governement should mail $20,000 to every black person for the rest of their life, but use that money to educate our children, create programs that will enable black children to see the world and broaden their horizons outside of what their accustomed to seeing everyday. Most of all, repair our neighborhoods.
     
  10. MissPoetik

    MissPoetik Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    yup!

    that's what i'm sayin'...
     
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