Every time I hear someone invoke slavery or demand reparations, albeit a politician or media activist, I literally cringe. Unless I’m mistaken, slavery ended over 150 years ago and nearly 400,000 white soldiers died to procure their freedom; not that race should ever discern the value of a human life. Likewise, no living American “is”, or ever has been, a slave. For anyone, black or otherwise, to consciously compare themselves to lifelong servants – those who toiled, suffered and died under the auspices of slavery – is offensive and illustrates a complete disregard for these victims’ horrific plight. If the millions who were sold into bondage had the liberties every American enjoys today, there is no dollar amount that could quantify their sheer joy and appreciation for reclaiming their God-Given rights and forging their own destiny as equals. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t identify as a Republican out of some misplaced or partisan need to bury the truth. The civil rights icon knew that if not for the efforts of the anti-slavery party founded in 1854, the dignity of a black sentient being would have been shackled to the fields of Democratic apathy for years to come.
If I may be so brash, how does paying blood money to disjointed descendants who have little or no knowledge of their own legacy – let alone a respectable work ethic and appreciation of the blessings their ancestor’s pain made possible – honor or alleviate the gross injustices committed against the actual victims? Simply put…it doesn’t. Such an exploitative ploy would merely reward those shameless opportunists seeking a free paycheck, while punishing innocent taxpaying citizens who never owned a slave or supported its vile existence in any manner whatsoever. Considering how much the government has doled out in welfare, food stamps and disingenuous disability claims over the past 25 years, not to mention the eight and nine figure bank accounts many black athletes and entertainers now command, I’d venture to say the term “slave” is about as irrelevant as a black president in a white house. It’s just too bad the modern day pawn brokers of historical “injustice” are so incredibly immune to the human, child and sex trafficking that continues to plague the Middle East, Asia and Africa without refrain. Apparently the allure of the almighty dollar sign is enough moral recompense to dull the screams of true human suffering.