Juneteenth 2019 Green Party Presidential Joint Statement on Reparations
A joint statement from Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry, Dennis Lambert and Ian Schlakman
Red-lining, Jim Crow, Stop and Frisk, Broken Windows Policing, Tax Seizures, Share-cropping, Military Draft, Lynching, Restrictive Covenants, Tipped Wages, Segregation, Wage Theft
A nation that makes laws that are unjust must make amends for those injustices. Our nation, for better or worse, was built on a system of oppression, and despite legislation to reverse the institutional racism; we still have not done a full penance for the original sin of the foundation of the United States of America- slavery.
Among all the other harms and horrors of chattel slavery of Africans in the United States (and many other colonial predecessors and successors) was the largest and longest-lasting wage theft in human history.
For this reason, if for no other, we need to compensate the descendents of slaves including interests and penalties.
It is not about wealth inequality- although slavery and the failure to provide newly freed slaves with the promise of “40 acres and a mule” is an enormous contributor to the wealth inequality in the United States.
It is not about racism- although the most pernicious legacies of slavery is the persistent gross disparities of treatment of all kinds towards African-Americans.
Reparations first and foremost are about wage theft from generations of working class Americans.
The most furious and stringent argument against reparations is that it is too difficult to do. So we say in the words of John F. Kennedy: “We do these things not because they are easy, we do them because they are hard.” His words were about the race for the moon, our mission does not require as many resources, but the purpose is the same.
Our leaders insist that we each be held accountable for our own actions, let us make the government be held accountable for their collective actions.
“A heavy account lies against us as a civil society for oppressions committed against people who did not injure us and that is the particular case of many individuals were fairly stated, it would appear that there was considerable due to them,” said John Woolman in 1769, it is truer today than then.
Republicans claim that people have to earn what they are given. We suppose that millions of gallons of blood and billions of gallons of sweat and tears are the payment that earns reparations.
Democrats claim they respect and want to provide for those injured. We say that the injuries of the whip and chains before freedom and the subsequent legislation to continue the repression of a good portion of our citizens after are injuries that deserve reparations.
We are tired of asking, we are demanding reparations.
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154th (1865-2019) Commemoration of an annual festival held on the 19th of June by African Americans (primarily in the southern states) for the emancipation from slavery in Texas on that day in 1865.
More information about Dennis Lambert’s campaign as the Poor People’s Candidate for President and his policies for Making America Work for Americans is available on his website www.dlpotus2020.com.
For more information about Ian Schlakman’s campaign for the Green party Presidential nomination see his website at https://www.schlakman.com/