Ace of Spades quoting David Brooks at the New York TimesThat injury shows up today as geographic segregation, the gigantic wealth gap, the lack of a financial safety net, but also the lack of the psychological and moral safety net that comes when society has a history of affirming: You belong. You are us. You are equal.

But I have had so many experiences over the past year -- sitting, for example, with an elderly black woman in South Carolina shaking in rage because the kids in her neighborhood face greater challenges than she did growing up in 1953 -- that suggest we are at another moment of make-or-break racial reckoning.

Coates's essay seems right now, especially this part: "And so we must imagine a new country. Reparations -- by which I mean the full acceptance of our collective biography and its consequences -- is the price we must pay to see ourselves squarely.... What I'm talking about is more than recompense for past injustices -- more than a handout, a payoff, hush money, or a reluctant bribe. What I'm talking about is a national reckoning that would lead to spiritual renewal."

And in another 15 years, when the next generation of children who have never been slaves grows to physical, if not emotional, adulthood and demands reparations to redress the emotional damage they never experienced and was never inflicted upon them by the people they expect to pay that redress, what will you tell them? How will you deny them another dose of the reparations you paid their mothers and fathers? And when their children, in term, come of age if not maturity and demand the same, how will you deny them?

Once you began to pay reparations to those who did not suffer harm, from those who did not inflict any harm, you've lost all connection with morality, sanity, and reality.

This entry was published Mon Mar 11 06:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2019-03-08 14:53:09.0. [Tweet]

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