Total Bullcrap #2: Promised Reparations

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Ah, Facebook. It is home to so many things, some good and some…

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I recently saw a post that claimed racism did not exist and that there was no need for reparations to African-Americans for slavery. The racism statement was easy enough to address, but the reparations portion was far trickier.

American slavery—as opposed to slavery in other nations—was an evil and dehumanizing social institution that was adopted by states in the North and the South. It conditioned whites to think of blacks as animals, not people. Slaves were little more than a kind of livestock, complete with branding as proof of ownership. Female slaves faced their own particular kind of hell as they were often raped and impregnated by slave-masters who faced no penalty for horrendous actions that would face severe criminal penalties today.

During the Civil War, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman issued Special Field Order #15 as a means of confiscating former Confederate land for use by freed slaves in 40-acre lots, but his attempt was later thwarted by President Andrew Johnson. Following Abraham Lincoln’s death, former Vice President Andrew Johnson assumed the presidency, and his reversal of Sherman’s order meant the freed slaves were denied the land they were promised. Accordingly, many black Americans still wait for the day when promises of reparations for slavery will be kept.

With the above as a backdrop, I created a video in which I addressed the issues surrounding any possible reparations for American slavery, but not the facets of slavery itself. The problems impeding any attempt to make reparations for slavery are enormous, yet few have mentioned many of the roadblocks any true effort would face. The video tries to fill that gap. It is the second relevant YouTube video I’ve ever created, and I believe it is a very polished effort. Continue reading

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Dark Intelligence

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There are certain names that are inseparable from America’s history of ingenuity. Names such as Ford, Bell, Morse, Salk, and Edison are commonly known as belonging to several of America’s brightest lights. However, there are many others—comparatively unknown others—who also catalyzed America’s march toward greatness, and I fault America’s primary, middle, and high schools for not exposing the contributions of those undeservedly obscure creative geniuses. A number of those relatively unknown inventive wonders were black, and I believe that knowledge of their achievements can only help to dispel the myth of mental inferiority that hounds people of African descent. Continue reading

Marvel and Me

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Many Americans had fictional childhood heroes, and those characters often came from the world of comic books. Characters such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman have ranked among the most popular fictional characters for decades and captured the imagination of many. However, despite their preeminence in American culture, they never captured my youthful imagination, and here are the reasons why. Continue reading

The Kitten

Cute kitty!

It was supposed to be a pleasant summertime Saturday in a time when the Viverette family consisted of just me, my wife, and our two young sons.  We decided to take an all-day trip by car into upstate New York for no other reason than to get out of the city for some decent family time on the road.  My wife tended to the boys’ needs—bathing, clothing, and “Use the bathroom now so we don’t have to use any of those filthy roadside toilets on the way up!”—while I readied drinks and sandwiches for the trip. I was filled with “it’s time to be a good daddy” enthusiasm and walked to the rear of our driveway where the family car, a burgundy Oldsmobile Delta ’88, was parked. Continue reading