Let’s Talk Repair[a]tion
I remember being in primary school and a kid said something like
“My dad told me that black people are dark because God left them in the oven too long.”
That’s when I knew something was off key. If it weren’t always having to be Winston, the Black Power Ranger or witnessing a child in the primary school assembly shout “Santa Claus ain’t black”, I’ve always known and experienced some form of racial prejudice or discrimination.
Early tonight I was scrolling through tumblr, as I do and I discovered this awesome blog, and on this awesome blog I discovered post with the pictures below. I was seething because at first I felt the same feeling I get when I see black celebrities endorse products that don’t benefit nor care about our community. They simply wish to exploit us by amplifying a stereotype, furthering the damage did to the black psyche, making the impressionable black mind thinking that they need to think and act that way. Let’s face it, you can all say you aren’t gullible but with no recollection of your culture, language, spirituality and identity and lands pre European contact, the structure of the community and the effects of structural racist policies coined in days when blacks were still in captivity, the black mind is impressionable. Play enough BET videos of shaking arses and trapping, both the women and the males will become these false representations without knowing why they are filling the mind of what this draconian society wants and needs them to be.
All week I have been hearing the reparations debate on the radio as I listen to LBC in the car. Whilst it’s great to engage people over the airwaves, I almost feel as though the station didn’t give the case a chance not contact the right speakers. I feel as though in order for reparations to be successful, you would need to dismantle the structure of our old draconian, colonial society and rebuild it on the grounds of all being equal. Will that happen in my lifetime, who knows, but that’s the only way things will change. An interesting fact I learnt a few days ago was that blacks were enslaved and exploited for near on a millennium and have only enjoyed a limited few decades of freedom. When you put into perspective, you realise why some peoples attitudes won’t change overnight. Racism is a learned behaviour and unless you’ve been brought up free of prejudice and discrimination, you’ll cease to see other races as inferior to you to justify their current position and history.
So reparations, I believe they should be paid in the form of wiping off the IMF loans to a clean slate so 40% of a country’s GDP isn’t paying back its creditors. Also fair is fair and for the sake of a few greedy bastards wanting to make a quick buck, I and near enough billions of people have no identity, nationality, native language or culture we can trace back the lands of our origins. They never speak about the atrocities nor effects of the empire, they’d rather glorify the trade aspect which went on for nearly 500 years, yet we are told to forget about it. It’s a holocaust of the mind and souls of a people who had their land carved up and minerals and resources exploited, with the proceeds being funnelled back into the numerous European states to build their grandiose buildings and conquer more lands. Of course reparations should be paid, but the whole structure of the system that sent missionaries and mercenaries to secure trade routes for greedy European leaders needs to be abolished and built from scratch because I don’t see much change happening otherwise.