Reparations is not about slavery; it’s about being black. Slavery ended over 150 years ago. Blacks may claim the segregation lasted much longer, but many blacks moved from the South to the North where there was supposed to be no segregation. They had the opportunity to make something of themselves, but they didn’t do much with it. So now they just want money.
America seems to be undergoing a transition in which blacks want a huge transfer of wealth from whites to blacks. In fact, the immigration dispute reflects this same agenda. Black and brown people around the world have been less successful than white people. As a result, we see the mass migration from the southern hemisphere to the northern. Africans are flocking to Europe. Latin Americans are flocking to the United States. These black and brown people are seeking a better life because they have failed to build one for themselves, just as black Americans failed to build themselves better lives after the Civil War.
Now they have given up trying to better themselves and are just saying, “Give us money.” Reparations are for being black, not for slavery. It is easy to discriminate against blacks because blackness is so easily discernable, as opposed to religious beliefs or nationality. Nevertheless, there are many successful blacks whose success demonstrates that blackness is not an insurmountable obstacle. In fact, if blackness were identified with some particular skill or knowledge, it would be an asset instead of a liability. This seems to be the case in sports. Blacks excel in sports, where football and basketball have both become dominated by black players. If the same percentages were applied to sports that blacks want applied to other endeavors, teams could have only one black basketball player on the floor and football teams could have only two black football players on the field.
Success in sports is good, but blacks need to do the same thing in other areas of life. The last Oscars was devoted to awarding blacks, but the Oscars lost prestige because everyone recognized that they were given because of race and not because of the quality of the movies. Blacks just ended up devaluing the Oscars, rather than improving their own image.
Blacks need to prove themselves in areas other than sports and show business, rather than just asking for reparations payments because they were born black.