Reparations: Let’s Do It!

Reparations for the deserving.? Who gets the money? Who gives up the money?  Who owes the money?

The idea for reparations for which many of the current political and /or media hacks call the “original sin” of “the country” is restitution. That is, a large number of thugs like Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson or the usual peripheral suspects of the bastardized political class will seize a financial opportunity. That is an opportunity to soak the people with more taxes. 

The usual calamitous historical nonsense begins by blaming the American South and its failure to come to grips with its racism.  The supposition is that if the South would give up on the “lost cause” of the Confederate States of America and pay all blacks for the criminal activities of the C.S.A. the so-called conservatives would carry every election—no matter that The Confederate States of America was the last link to honest conservative action in the old republic.

Therefore, with a paid-up South– money paid, monuments obliterated, the now anti-racism Republicans could carry any place outside the South because the South had been purified in the eyes of the country, and specifically Rush Limbaugh, Dinesh D’Souza et., al.

So, tax the South and that’s that. Right?

But wait, even the historical tyros who pillory the South for its Jim Crow Laws (a Yankee origination, passed to the “reconstructed South”) have a few taxable skeletons in the slave-tax closet. 

So, should only the South have its taxes raised to pay Al or Jesse? As an aside: Will Al have to pay taxes on this “income”?

Or perhaps the campaigns of Cory Booker or Kamala Harris or Elizabeth Warren could be paid because of their dedication to reparations. 

But stop. Could there not be other sources for these new taxes?

“The effects of the New England slave trade were momentous. It was one of the foundations of New England’s economic structure; it created a wealthy class of slave-trading merchants, while the profits derived from this commerce stimulated cultural development and philanthropy.”The Negro in Colonial New England, 1620-1726, Lorenzo Johnston Greene, P. 319

It seems the reparations tax base has increased.

But would these tax sources even be in existence if their end product of chattel in human life and blood not been available to them?

Perhaps an original source of the “original sin” should go to the metaphorical “Garden of Slave-Eden” in central Africa. After all, the Imbangalas of Angola and Nyamwezis of Tanzania, who were indigenous Africans, were the man-stealers (the Biblical crime, not slavery) who brought the chattel product to the Dutch, Portuguese, English and French merchants waiting on the western coasts of Africa.

Africans captured and sold other Africans to Europeans. Europeans did not venture into the interior to hunt down living chattel.

But not to worry. The tax base for reparations looms larger. Now we have the original sinners, Africans along with the Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, and New England slavers. And at the end of the line, after Brazil, The West Indies, Cuba, Hati we have the American South. The American South had only about 5% of the total slave populations brought to the Western Hemisphere over the 300 years or so of the slave trading years. Maybe it will have the fewest taxes to pay. Jesse and Al won’t like that.

But who gets paid? And how much? According to sources (Root Online Magazine) the average American black is approximately 72% sub-Saharan African. It varies, so a DNA of every black person in America must be taken (tax-paid?), and every white person for that matter. There surely are some Elizabeth Warren types out there who want some cash for their zillionth drop of African blood.  And the revelation will set them up for some super affirmative action deal somewhere.

The calculations to determine who pays whom how much and across which borders and to what degree would take a genius in combinatoric mathematics and statistics a lifetime to get within an inkling of some answer.

The best candidate at the genius level would be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  She calculated in only a few minutes how to eliminate all hydrocarbon use and necessity within ten years without harming a soul.

That has got to be affirmative action. God Bless America.

About Paul H. Yarbrough

I was born and reared in Mississippi, lived in both Louisiana and Texas (past 40 years). My wonderful wife of 43 years who recently passed away was from Louisiana. I have spent most of my business career in the oil business. I took up writing as a hobby 7 or 8 years ago and love to write about the South. I have just finished a third novel. I also believe in the South and its true beliefs. More from Paul H. Yarbrough

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