By Ed Kugler "U.S. Owes Black People Reparations for a History of 'Racial Terrorism,' says U.N. panel. So read the headlines of many newspapers around the world yesterday. The Chairwoman of the United Nations Working Group for People of African Descent, Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France, led the study. The panel of 'experts' includes two lawyers, three social scientists and four of the five are professors. They are from the Philippines, France, Poland, South Africa and Jamaica.
The conclusion they came to is summed up in this statement. "In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and truth and reconciliation for people of African descent," the report stated. "Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching." They 'visited' the United States in January on a fact-finding mission before their report.
The UN Working Group for People of African Descent reports to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights who of course heads the UN Human Rights Commission. The members of the Human Rights Council are the following countries: Burundi. Ivory Coast. Ethiopia, Kenya, Togo, Kyrgyzstan, United Arab Emirates, Mongolia, Georgia, Ecuador, Slovenia, Venezuela all countries with stellar human rights records. The panel also includes more stable countries such as Philippines, Panama, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and South Korea. The less than stellar human rights members far outnumber the good ones. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, a long time UN diplomat, Mr. Al Hussein hails from Jordan, another less than stellar defender of human rights.
In our politically correct world of the 21st century, this distinguished group has decided that the United States of America should pay reparations to Americans of African descent for our crimes against them. The article also mentions that the Jamaican people feel that France owes them reparations. My first thought is what about the African slave holders in America, do they owe reparations to other Africans? Or what about the Africans in Africa who sold the slaves to other people, are they on the hook?
In America we've already heard, in spite of the billions and billions of dollars we have paid Native Americans, they'll want reparations, and based on the UN findings would deserve them. But wait, would the Sioux owe reparations to the Pawnee? There were hundreds of Native American tribes in what we know as America, and they fought each other, tortured each other and stole from each other? What would Mr. Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner say about these terrorist acts?
Maybe a better question would be when is the High Commissioner going to establish a United Nations Working Group for People of Jewish descent? They would certainly have to declare reparations for the millions of Jews murdered at the hands of the Germans. Wouldn't they? Or perhaps a United Nations Working Group for People of Russian descent who were ruthlessly murdered by Stalin. They could sell tickets to watch them presenting those findings to Vladimir Putin. Better yet, a UN Working Group for people of Chinese descent who were brutally murdered by Mao. Wouldn't that be something?
My granddaughter asked me what reparations were? I thought for a minute and then thought of this analogy. Imagine your great grandfather murdered your best friends, great grandfather. While doing some genealogy, your friend discovers the connection. Your friend realizes his great grandmother had to spend her life alone. That made her a bitter woman, and that translated down to your friend two generations later, and that is why he is bitter and can't keep a job. Got that?
He serves you with a lawsuit asking for reparations. He wants money for the loss of his great grandfather, the pain he felt and the bitterness it has caused throughout his families lives. I told my granddaughter that is reparations. Paying someone for something that happened not a year ago, not a decade ago, but over a century or two ago. Her reply was 'that doesn't make sense.' She's twelve.
We live in a world today; a pretend world where the news media and world leaders have given power to the most hypocritical group of buffoons the world has ever seen, the United Nations. The United States contributes over $8 billion per year for UN operations. That is more than 185 UN member nations pay combined. By the way, the UN has 193 member nations. Listening to this group, playing charades with our tax dollars, is like letting the high schools of America hold mock elections and taking those results and actually electing our next President.
It's time Americans understand the magnitude of their problem. Reparations, oil price fixing, open borders... the power and money people of the world are slowly taking over, taking away our sovereignty. It doesn't have to make sense, it's what they do, a smokescreen that so far is working quite well.
Ed Kugler is a former Marine sniper with two consecutive tours in the Vietnam War. He is also a former atheist and now a Christian. He has been changing for a lifetime. He is a recovering alcoholic, successful business leader who made it to VP of Compaq Computer with no college degree, flunked high school English and has written six books. http://www.edkugler.com
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To say "that doesn't make sense" is the kind of naive response one might expect from a 12-year-old. She can be forgiven her naivete because of the simplistic way in which this issue was explained to her.
In addition, reparations are owed for things that were done many generations ago and that STILL impact on us as people of African heritage today. Plus the litany of atrocities continues to this day. These are not things that only happened in the distant past. We are still living with the legacy of enslavement and colonisation today. Meanwhile, white people are still living on the fruits of their evil deeds, while telling us to "get over it".
Plus, reparations are not just about financial compensation. Reparations are also about repair - people of African descent are carrying deep wounds which still affect us from one generation to the next. We are the only people who can heal ourselves. No one else can do this for us.