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On Jan. 8, a black professor from Georgetown University is hoping to cash in on the guilt of white Americans by calling for them to create Individual Reparation Accounts where the money would go directly to black causes, agencies, and infrastructures. Of course in his attempts to paint the picture of a ‘benevolent crusade’, Professor Michael Dyson appears to have overlooked the trillions of dollars ‘white America’, aka the government, has already given out of taxpayer money in the form of welfare benefits that in some cases have created generations of non-working blacks.
Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson is proposing the idea that white people should have an ‘Individual Reparations Account’ to make donations to black institutions and individuals.
The idea is part of his forthcoming book, “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America.”
Dyson made the argument during an interview with Ana Marie Cox in the January 8 edition of the New York Times Magazine.
From the interview:
At the end of your sermon, you do a “benediction” section, in which you talk about making reparations on the local and individual level: donating to groups like the United Negro College Fund or a scholarship program, but also, to cite your example from the book, paying “the black person who cuts your grass double what you might ordinarily pay.” That gave me pause!
Good! I used to say in church, “If the sermon ain’t making you a little bit uncomfortable, it ain’t effective.” Look, if it doesn’t cost you anything, you’re not really engaging in change; you’re engaging in convenience. You’re engaged in the overflow. I’m asking you to do stuff you wouldn’t ordinarily do. I’m asking you to think more seriously and strategically about why you possess what you possess.
I agree with reparations, but maybe this is my white privilege speaking: I can’t imagine actually doing that.
That is what I meant by an I.R.A.: an individual reparations account. You ain’t got to ask the government, you don’t have to ask your local politician — this is what you, an individual, conscientious, “woke” citizen can do.
But charity can’t be the end of it, right? The Koch brothers gave the United Negro College Fund $25 million, but I doubt you would consider them “woke.”
No. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that charity is a poor substitute for justice. But I ain’t turning $25 million down. – Planet Free Will
The reality is that man is a lazy animal. And unless motivated by either greed or primal need will almost always take for free what is offered rather than toil in their own sweat to earn that same amount.
50 years after LBJ enacted the welfare system through his ‘Great Society’, there is more poverty now than there was back in 1965. In addition, welfare has destroyed the Federal budget, where more than 67% of the annual expenditures are dedicated towards one form of benefit or another.
The bottom line is there is no one alive in America who was enslaved, or lives under the threat of indentured or complete servitude. And eight years after electing the country’s first black president to the White House, anyone calling for ‘white America’ to pay reparations of any kind for past abuses is only doing so with the agenda of scamming cash in a con game from other people.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for The Daily Economist, Secretsofthefed.com, Roguemoney.net, and Viral Liberty, and hosts the popular youtube podcast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.