Let Me Tell You What’s Not A Good Idea Senate Leader McConnell
I can hear identitarian whites breathing a sigh of relief at what the senate leader said
I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, for whom none of us currently living are responsible, is a good idea.”“We tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation, elected an African American president,” Barack Obama, in 2008, McConnell said. “I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, it would be hard to figure out whom to compensate.”
Let me help you think rationally but for a moment Majority Leader McConnell, about the insouciance and ignorance of your remarks as well as the callousness in your tone that feeds into the bigotry of you and your causal allies, your base, and your significant others who find your stance reassuring to the flights of fancy and fragility of whiteness.
Your simple sardonic answer to the debate surrounding reparations for slavery is in response to what it would look like to level the playing field and has more to do with the zero-sum game being played and forced upon, because psychosomatically it would seem to take any fallacious value found and taken away from white supremacy.
The dumbness that also follows from McConnell’s statements clearly indicates the ahistorical context and fallacious reinterpretations of the historical record that more so give fallacious accounts to prop up the vanity and insanity of whiteness.
I am sure your wife Elaine Chao, the US Secretary of Transportation, is also okay with the ahistoricisms that you spew because she and her deluded individualism has benefited greatly from the scam and zero-sum game of racialization.
It’s not a good idea to decontextualize slavery as something that happened in the distant past having no real effect at all in the present. It is not a good idea to further decontextualize and say that none currently living are responsible, when they have done little to nothing to acknowledge nor make a concerted attempt with their votes to make amends for it. For them to self-define their raciality as unaccountable to the sins they continue to defend or excuse away even though they relish in what those past sins has begotten them and what the presence of its deception has enabled them to become is completely absurd.
It is crass even to dismiss the idea entirely as something that shouldn’t matter as an issue not worthy of serious deliberation and contemplation for the results would emphatically grow the economy by leaps and bounds from a strictly empirical and rational sense. We know that it would require some moral sensibility for McConnell to even recognize the virtuosity laden in the propositioning of reparations for slavery and that it would simply be lost on him and the like.
So if, in fact, there was an attempt to deal with that original sin as McConnell puts it then it is obvious that it failed miserably.
If the passing of landmark civil rights legislation could be proper recompense after such crimes against humanity while mired in hatred and based purely on the ill conceived scam of racialization were committed, then you and your ilk McConnell are simply delusional for this feeble attempt to cede credit or seem charitable in the legislation that was initiated and succeeded by the oppressed and not the oppressor.
And If, the election of an African American president was somehow an attempt too, serving only as some post racial figment in the imagination of the vanity and insanity of whiteness, then this failed epically thereafter with the election of Donald Trump.
To deviants like Mr. McConnell and his tribe there are no good ideas that could come from reparatory endeavours, that would seek to increase equality and lessen the socioeconomically adverse effects of white privilege and entitlement borne out of slavery that to this day only they could still stand to benefit from at the detriment of minorities who too are just as American.
But then again their elected leader in Trump is an exemplar of all the bad ideas that McConnell and those like him have come to embrace. They love this guy not just from whatever terrible ideas they deem as good could come from a Trump presidency, but for what it indubitably stands for in their sick perverted minds.
The following is a rebuttal to Senate Leader Mitch McConnell by TaNehesi Coates testifying before the House Judicuary Subcommittee on the Constititution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberities hearing on reparations on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
This rebuttal proffers a strange theory of governance: That American accounts are somehow bound by the lifetime of its generations. But well into this century, the United States was still paying out pensions to the heirs of Civil War soldiers. We honor treaties that date back some 200 years, despite no one being alive who signed those treaties. Many of us would love to be taxed for the things we are solely and individually responsible for, but we are American citizens and thus bound to a collective enterprise that extends beyond our individual and personal reach. It would seem ridiculous to dispute invocations of the Founders, or the Greatest Generation, on the basis of the lack of membership of either group. We recognize our lineage as a generational trust, as inheritance, and the real dilemma posed by generations is just that: a dilemma of inheritance.
It is impossible to imagine America without the inheritance of slavery. As historian Ed Baptist has written, enslavement “shaped every crucial aspect of the economy and politics of America,” so that by 1836, more than 600 million, or more than half of the economic activity in the United States, derived directly or indirectly from the cotton produced by the million-odd slaves. By the time the enslaved were emancipated, they comprised the largest single asset in America: 3 billion in 1860 dollars, more than all the other assets in the country combined. The method of cultivating this asset was neither gentle cajoling, nor persuasion, but torture, rape, and child trafficking. Enslavement reigned for 250 years on these shores. When it ended, this country could have extended its hallowed principles: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to all regardless of color. But America had other principles in mind. And so for a century after the Civil War, black people were subjected to a relentless campaign of terror. A campaign that extended well into the lifetime of Majority Leader McConnell.
It is tempting to divorce this modern campaign of terror, of plunder, from enslavement. But the logic of enslavement, of white supremacy respects no such borders. And the God of bondage was lustful and begat many heirs, coup d’etats and convict leasing; vagrancy laws and debt peonage; redlining and racist G.I. bills; poll taxes and state-sponsored terrorism. We grant that Mr. McConnell was not alive for Appomattox. But he was alive for the electrocution of George Stinney. He was alive for the blinding of Isaac Woodard. He was alive to witness kleptocracy in his native Alabama, and a regime premised on electoral theft. Majority Leader McConnell cited Civil Rights legislation yesterday, as well he should, because he was alive to witness the harassment, jailing, and betrayal of those responsible for that legislation by a government sworn to protect them. He was alive for the redlining of Chicago, and the looting of black homeowners of some $4 billion. Victims of that plunder are very much alive today. I am sure they’d love a word with the Majority Leader. What they know, what this committee must know, is that while emancipation dead-bolted the door against the bandits of America, Jim Crow wedged the windows wide open. And that is the thing about Sen. McConnell’s “something”: it was 150 years ago and it was right now. The typical black family in this country has one-tenth the wealth of the typical white family. Black women die in childbirth at four times the rate of white women, and there is of course the shame of this land of the free boasting the largest prison population on the planet, of which the descendants of the enslaved make up the largest share.
The matter of reparations is one of making amends and direct redress, but it is also a question of citizenship. In H.R. 40, this body has a chance to both make good on its 2009 apology for enslavement, and reject fair-weather patriotism. To say that a nation is both its credits and its debts. That if Thomas Jefferson matters, so does Sally Hemings. That if D-Day matters, so does black Wall Street. That if Valley Forge matters, so does Fort Pillow. Because the question really is, not whether we will be tied to the “somethings” of our past, but whether we are courageous enough to be tied to the whole of them.