Have you ever lain awake at night, unable to find peace because you couldn’t stop replaying an argument you had that day? Or some embarrassment you suffered last week? Or perhaps even something that happened years ago? On some level, you recognize that nothing is actually torturing you at the present moment. That you could be free of those emotions if you just stopped running the tape.
Of course, that’s easier said than done.
But if it’s somewhat irrational to let yourself get upset about things that happened in your own past, imagine how insane it would be to torture yourself about things that happened to your great grandfather.
Well, that insanity has become our nation. The Americans of 1776 concerned themselves with what was happening in 1776. The Americans of 1876 worried about 1876. But today, we feel some sort of misguided obligation to not only address the problems of the present but to also “make amends” for the injustices of the past. Not the past, meaning last week or last year. The past, meaning a time before any of us were alive. We are carrying around the guilt of dead people as if by feeling really, really bad about slavery, we can somehow make it so that it never happened.
And now, a United Nations-affiliated group has decided to join the insanity.
A study done by the U.N.’s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent determined that the U.S. must provide reparations to absolve itself of its history of slavery.
“The legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent,” said the report. “Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching.”
The panel said that reparations could come in a variety of appropriate forms. Among their recommendations: An official apology, healthcare programs, educational opportunities, psychological counseling, financial support, and debt cancellation.
Without straying too far into insensitivity, can we just take a moment to examine the last two hundred years or so? First, blacks were freed from slavery. That wasn’t enough. Then, segregation ended. Not enough. Then, laws protected the right to vote. Not enough. Then, affirmative action. Nope. Then, the first black president. Nuh-uh. Then, removing the Confederate flag. Nah.
Reparations are going to be any different?
This isn’t meant to make blacks look “ungrateful,” because most of this nonsense is coming from white academic liberals, European elitists, and a small segment of black agitators and profiteers. And it’s certainly not to say that slavery or segregation are acceptable. It’s simply to point out that these movements have no attachment to reality anymore. There’s no goal. There’s no “good enough.”
Modern black Americans have no problems that can be solved by addressing injustices that happened 200 years ago. By any imaginable legal standard, the playing field is even. Anyone who says otherwise is either trying to blame their personal failings on THE MAN or they’re trying to push an agenda for their own ulterior motives.