Black Forgiveness Culture Undermines ADOS Case for Reparations

Ed Dunn
Ed Dunn
Oct 3 · 5 min read
Image Credit: Tom Fox/Dallas Morning News. Fair Use declared to showcase criticism of forgiveness culture in our community.

The current ADOS mindset think people on Twitter talking behind computers are the biggest barrier on the road towards reparations. I always knew who were the real detriment and “problem” that will try to inhibit American descendants of slavery from getting truly repaired and restored based on Martin Luther King unfinished mission to create a equal society for all.

The roadblock to reparations would not come from washed up joke rappers like Talib; not dusty panelist members on Roland Martin generic online shows; not Africans on MSNBC like Joy Reid pretending they speaking on behalf of African-Americans; not the black Boule who is worthless and laughable. No, the real roadblock is the “forgiveness culture” engrained in the black community with programming roots dating back to slavery itself.


During the American Slaveocracy period, the Negro slaves in bondage were conditioned to worship Christianity not through the message of Christ but within the domain of white supremacy and “white codes” to remain subservient and obedient to their master and the white race. This conditioning never been resolved after the Civil War and the mindset continued throughout generations of descendants of slaves to this day. Many of us, including me have seen these condition mindsets carried out by our parents, our uncles and aunts and our grandmother and among all the descendants of slaves living in the entire state of South Carolina.

For example, Negro slaves were taught they were to suffer as slaves while they are alive but once they die, they will be in the Kingdom of God. Most slave spiritual songs passed down from slaves to their descendants (Joy Reid from MSNBC don’t know these songs because she from Africa, falsely pretending to represent ADOS lineage) to my generation are lyrics of blacks suffering on earth and waiting faithfully for their death to be delivered to the “promised land” — going up beyonder and songs like that. This notion gave our people the belief it is okay to ignore structured racism in America because God will take care of us in the afterlife — this belief is still prevalent throughout our community to this day, particularly throughout South Carolina.

Another thing slaves and former slaves were taught was to “forgive” their slave master and their mistreatment on plantations. As a form of guilt atonement, many slaveholders who become old and somehow found Christ as their savior started asking their former and mistreated slaves for forgiveness and these conditioned subservient slaves would scream “I forgive you!” as if that wipe the slate clean. Throughout the religious South in America, even during Jim Crow after a crime was committed against the black community, it was coercion culture bringing in blacks to white churches to talk about how they “forgive” the white community to make the white community feel less guilt instead of being held accountable.

This same mindset conditioning of slaves was also prevalent throughout the Caribbean and Latin America as well so it is not unusual to see the same “forgiveness culture” when it comes to racial-motivated crimes against non-American descendants of slavery. But here in America — I personally saw these slave-conditioned mindsets within my parents, grandparents and other elder relatives manifest itself, forgiving racists and responding in a subservient manner when I wanted to handle that situation another way. My previous generation I was exposed to growing up just didn’t want any trouble meaning my elders were still under fear of “white codes” they witnessed growing up at the early part of the last century. So this “forgiveness culture” was never about true forgiveness — it was about survival and fear of repercussions of Negros holding whites responsible for any transgressions.


Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement biggest challenge was not integration — it was convincing the Negro they had to take a stand and demand their right to be equal in this society. That was the real fight of the Civil Rights Movement, convincing Negro churches and the older generation conditioned to living unequal and subservient to fight for the Dream — that’s was Martin Luther King real work and battle. The majority of the Negro population did not join the Civil Rights movement because they were scared of repercussions of losing their jobs, being harassed by the police and threats against their life for challenging the “white code” of a Southern “sunset” town.

But after the Civil Rights Acts passage and blacks are now entitled to pursue equality, those conditioned mindsets did not leave our society and those “white codes” were still in practiced and “black subservience” still continue on to this day in many areas, mainly in South Carolina. What we see even in today society is when black people want to speak up, they get targeted such as Black Live Matter activists. We see a media press that becomes critical of people like Kanye West when they speak in a way contrary to perceived “white codes” and we see black women painted as “angry black woman” for speaking up or voicing her opinion. Both the “white codes” and “slave codes” still exist in our American society today — best example is when a white person calling the police on black people with the assumption the police will put that black person in place, this practice goes back to the Jim Crow era when members of the white community would call on racist mobs to deal with a local Negro that is out of line.


As ADOS fight for repair and restoration after a legacy and effects of slavery, Jim Crow and structure inequality, we cannot ignore the continued existence of both “white codes” and “slave codes” still in practice to this day. How dare a black football player “talk back” to a white coach or white team owner? How dare a black football player kneel during the National Anthem? How dare a black suspect “not comply” with authority — the police? You see these types of comments on social media still trying to enforce these codes among racial lines in American society.

But on the flipside, ADOS has to look at the “slave codes” still in existence in our own communities. The lady screaming to Dylan Roof “I forgive you!” after he shot old people in a church in South Carolina right after they prayed with him but he killed them with no remorse out of racial hatred. The black guy who was punched in the face at a Trump rally in North Carolina then turn around hugging on the old guy in court. This mindset of older blacks who think Joe Biden is a candidate worth voting for when Joe Biden was frolicking around some of the most racist members of US Congress in modern history. These are the ones ADOS need to be concerned with when it comes to making a case for reparations.

Because that “slave code” mindset among African-Americans will have our people conditioned to say they forgive America for slavery and to tell us to “forgive and forget” what happened despite the fact we all suffering from the effects of the American Slaveocracy to this day. The ADOS community have to look at the same fight Martin Luther King Jr. had to undertake and that is we have to free our minds first for the rest to follow.

Ed Dunn

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Ed Dunn

Overlooked technology expert and entrepreneur since 1995. Currently focused on urban technology solutions, urban planning and retail/financial technology.

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