More Talk About Reparations Can Make It A Reality!

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God on Wall Street

Rev. Curtis O. Robinson, Sr.

Someone once said, “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” And if reparations is a crisis in America, it would be an opportunity waiting to happen. On May 25, 2019 in Dayton, Ohio, nine members of the Ku Klux Klan staged a rally. Being that free speech is a standard of American democracy, it allows for a peaceful demonstration. However, there were 600 protestors surrounding the KKK rally exercising their free speech also.

The fact that there is still the clear presence of white supremacy in America is intolerable. The fact that too many of the right people are not sounding off about reparations is intolerable. The fact that the Black church is silent, except for Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, the pastor of the Friendship West Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, does not make sense.

We now live in a multi-trillion-dollar economy. America created more billionaires in the last half of the 20th century than any other nation in the history of the world. So, America is a country built on economic elitism. And its cultural backdrop includes the suppression of the masses and a polity that is dominated by the richest 1% of the population.

That 1% runs the government, which in turn runs the military, which in turn runs our lives and we are the last ones to know it. The late John Kenneth Galbraith, professor emeritus of economics at Harvard University, said, “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” And that is why America needs to repent, because Jesus says, “the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand…”

Time is up, and America needs to air its dirty laundry when it comes to slavery and acknowledge that it willfully oppressed and separated human beings from one another for profit. I first would like to challenge clergy everywhere to support the legislation of reparations. We have politicians talking about it. We have a news media that is as hungry as ever, looking to assign pens and opinions to this matter.

Not many, really want to say that everyone Black and in America should get a check. I say, leave that up to the accountants, because that’s what they get paid for.

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