Friday, July 10, 2009

Out of the Ashes

Out of the Ashes

Reparation is making amends for a wrong done. As I write this I know I may very well be misinterpreted and most probably be labeled a racist. I am no racist. I believe slavery was a horrible injustice and my family paid dearly to free American slaves. There is a gravestone in western Pennsylvania just a few rows from where my parents are buried that is a testament to my family’s opposition to slavery. Our ancestor died of wounds he received at Gettysburg attempting to reverse a horrible injustice done to a segment of our American population.

This thing I know, there is no injustice done on this earth that will not one day be made right. In the final judgment of all things, the all-just God will reign with perfect justice and all wrongs will be made right. Reparations are a veiled attempt to satisfy an injustice in our past history. More accurately, it is an attempt to redistribute wealth.Expect reparations to make a mystical rise from the ashes. Barack Obama is all about Europeanizing our economy. He is also all about redistribution of the wealth. I hardly think he would allow such a handy tool for redistribution go unused.

Obama tried to play himself off during the election as a common black person. Most commoners of any color don’t find themselves at Harvard. Certain liberal Democrats would like to flay the opposing party with accusations that they fail to support civil liberties. Expect feathers to fly if Republicans do not support reparations. But, isn’t it time we look at the true historical facts. The burden of slavery has rested squarely and exclusively on the shoulders of white European males. It is a historical fact that the African Igbos sent millions of slaves to America during the 1800’s. Slavery is not an ethnic problem, it’s a sin problem and greedy people of all colors sold other human beings to satisfy their sin of greed.

Obama attended the Trinity United Church in Chicago for many, many years. He contributed tens of thousands of dollars to his church. He had an unmistakable loyalty to his pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Yet, Obama will deny that he knew about or supported his church’s campaign for reparations. The resolutions of Trinity United Church (2001) are as follows:

WHEREAS: The institution of Slavery is internationally recognized as crime for which there is not statute of limitations,

AND WHEREAS: Uncompensated labor was demanded from enslaved Africans and their descendents for more than two centuries on U.S. soil:

AND WHEREAS: The principle that reparations is the appropriate remedy whenever government unjustly abrogates the rights of a domestic group or foreign people whose rights such government is obligated to protect or uphold has been internationally recognized….

Obama’s pastor and church saw reparations as the only available option to make right the wrongs of slavery. Beware, up out of the ashes will come the conversation about reparations. Don’t be deceived into thinking its about the injustices of our past, its about redistributing the wealth from one class of people to another.

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