To discover the divisiveness and prejudice that is masqueraded as 'reparations', one need look no further than Shelly Moorhead's letter on "What is reparation". The very idea of reparation divides us all into "offenders" (whites) and "offended" (blacks) and takes into consideration only one particular item of our history without ever acknowledging the many other facts. According to Morehead and those who subscribe to this myopic view, it's as simple as black and white. I am white, therefore, I owe. You are black, you are owed. But, is it really that simple?
During the war to end slavery in America, tens of thousands of whites fought and died to end slavery. (I have ancestors who died there) And, all during the Civil Rights struggle in America, you need look no further than news footage to see the multitude of whites who marched for equal rights. (Some of my family were there). If you subscribe to Morehead's philosophy of 'owers' and 'owed', every black who lives under the American flag owes me a 'thank you', for the efforts of my ancestors on their behalf. Ridiculous? Of course. But, no more so than the assertions made in favor of 'reparations'.
I once read a letter wherein it was stated that reparations was not about money, but about 'moving on'. What is that? Are we going to appoint a Committee for Moving On? Will we establish an official council to accept apologies and when whites have made their declaration of shame, will each be issued a Pass to 'move on.? Can we then be free to lay this all to rest?
Of course not.
As long as we allow the discussion to be dictated by those who revel in their victim-hood we'll always be mired in the muck of yesterday. Because, if we ever do 'move on', those whose identity begins and ends with their skin color will be left behind.
Then how will they get the attention they crave?
Formerly of St. Croix
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