In his op-ed for Digital Journal, “The reparations for slavery nonsense again,” Alexander Baron calls the reparations discussion in the Caribbean a “non-issue” that rears up its “dumb head from time to time.” Just wondering: if it is a non-issue, why does it provoke so much wrath? In the following rant, much is made about the absence of creative brains, written language and technology to justify—I am not sure what—ongoing inequality? I was hoping that, by the end, I would discover that this was just a bad joke (maybe by Sacha Baron Cohen), but no—this is frightening. Here are excerpts:
“Leaders of more than a dozen Caribbean countries are launching a united effort to seek compensation for the trans-Atlantic slave trade.” The above is from a recent report in the Guardian newspaper. Since it was published, it has been announced that the University campus at Kingston, Jamaica has announced it will offer a course looking at this non-issue.
The reparations shakedown is an old chestnut that rears its dumb head from time to time, in fact for some people it never goes away. It is part and parcel of that great delusion of white privilege and racist oppression that envisages the world populated only by two types of people: white oppressors and non-white victims, the latter of whom are to be known universally by that sick euphemism “people of color”, a popular phrase in the United States where this nonsense appears to have originated.
[. . .] Let us though assume that the slavery to which they were subjected by the white masters was far worse, how precisely does this affect American blacks or Caribbean blacks or black Africans today?
The stark truth is that it has benefited them, the same way the suffering of the white man’s ancestors has benefited him and them. If this sounds an extraordinary claim to make, that is only because most people have been brainwashed by the specious rhetoric of the socialist elite which has insinuated itself into even the American Government. Namely the idea that equality of opportunity must equate with equality of outcome else white privilege, institutional racism or sexism are holding millions of people down.
[. . .] The demand of reparations for slavery or white privilege is simply a shakedown attempt that is being carried out by self-styled black leaders and their bleeding heart white liberal friends and socialist fellow travellers. The ludicrous idea that the West somehow sucked the wealth out of Africa and destroyed some great indigenous civilisation is not supported by a single reliable fact.
[. . .] The world in which we live today is the result of a relatively few creative brains [. . .]. The overwhelming majority of those creative brains have been white men; there have been white women too, and others have contributed significantly; for example the Arabs gave us the concept of zero in mathematics, without which we would have made little if any progress. [. . .] While some races have contributed enormously, others have contributed little or nothing to civilisation, certainly before contact with the Arab and the white man. This inconvenient fact is glossed over today, ignored or denied by fanciful pseudo-histories that have no basis in fact, like the ludicrous Kwanzaa.
In the 1914 book, NEGRO CULTURE IN WEST AFRICA…, George W. Ellis documents the Vai people of Liberia. In the INTRODUCTION, Frederick Starr writes “It was among the Vai that the only practical and actually-used script for the writing of an African Negro language has been produced”. This written language was invented by Momoru Doalu Búkere who was born in the previous century. He was taught to read by a missionary. Not only was there no written African language, there was no technology worthy of the name. Early adventurers into the Dark Continent did not find houses, they found huts made of mud or at best straw. There was no mechanical power, not even the wheel. The proof of this inconvenient fact can be found in 20th Century films like the 1925 short In The Land Of Giants And Pygmies.
This has absolutely nothing to do with racism, it is simply inconvenient historical truth. The Africans who were captured – or often sold into slavery – first to the Arabs then to the whites, suffered greatly, but the Africans of today did not, neither did nor do the black Americans of today. And the black victims of the slave trade were far from the only ones who suffered. The Industrial Revolution was started in Britain, again by a tiny number of inventors, but who paid the price?
For full op-ed, see http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/355301