As European Immigrants who are now Americans saw themselves as victims of other atrocities by either their own countryman, or other Europeans, they don’t seems to see the atrosities they caused to obtained freedoms they received, nor the benefits they continue to receive.
LOOT: America’s Stolen Non-Immigrants; Slavery Status; Europe’s Affirmative Action
The story of America is one that is filled with complexities and deep-rooted issues that continue to shape society today. Among the most significant chapters in this narrative is the institution of slavery, which has had lasting impacts on both the enslaved and the country as a whole. However, a closer examination reveals a disturbing truth: while slavery is often portrayed as a solely American problem, it was, in fact, Europe’s affirmative action that laid the foundation for America’s development.
Many people wonder why European nations did not utilize their own citizens to build the Western world. Instead, they embarked on perilous journeys to Africa, where they encountered language barriers and social obstacles, to forcefully take human beings they did not know. The answer lies in the European quest for new wealth and resources, coupled with a desire to build a new world that would secure their dominance.
Europeans saw an opportunity to exploit the vast resources of Africa and its people to fuel their own economic growth and expand their empires. They sought to establish colonies and extract valuable commodities, such as sugar, tobacco, cotton, and indigo, for their own benefit. Slavery became the driving force behind these economic endeavors, as enslaved Africans were forced to work under brutal conditions, generating enormous profits for European colonizers.
Reparations have become a contentious issue, with some arguing that only the descendants of enslaved Africans should receive compensation. However, the focus should not solely be on the act of slavery itself. The real issue lies in the benefits reaped by the enslavers and the generational wealth that has been passed down as a result. Reparations, therefore, encompass more than cash payments; they seek to address the imbalances created by centuries of exploitation.
To truly understand the extent of the contributions made by African Americans, one must consider the sacrifices and investments they have made. They have poured their labor, their sweat, and their lives into building the foundations of what we now call America. From the plantations of the South to the construction of cities, infrastructure, and institutions across the nation, African Americans have played a vital role in shaping America’s economic, cultural, and social landscape. Their contributions far surpass those of any other racial group in the nation’s history.
Contemplating the alternative scenario, where African ancestors never encountered Europeans, raises thought-provoking questions. What if African Americans had been able to develop their own nations without the interference and trauma of slavery? How would their societies have flourished, and what contributions might they have made to the world? And, in turn, how would European immigrants’ lives have been affected if they had not benefited from the stolen labor of Africans in America? These are complex questions that force us to confront uncomfortable truths about the foundations of modern-day America.
It is important to acknowledge that the United States of America has historically been a magnet for immigrants from all over the world. This raises the question of why so many individuals have sought to come to this land of opportunity. The answer lies in the unimaginable horrors endured by Black people, horrors that have inadvertently contributed to the creation of a nation that is attractive to people seeking a better life.
To address the need for reparations, a comprehensive package must be developed. This package could include several key elements to start having another dialog:
- A national letter of acknowledgment, drafted by the U.S. government and presented to the United Nations, outlining the true history of crimes committed against stolen Africans. This letter would serve as a formal recognition of the atrocities and provide a basis for further action.
2. Recognition of U.S. federal policies that allowed for the inhumane treatment of enslaved people and violated human rights laws that the United States itself accused other nations of. This acknowledgment would highlight the hypocrisy of the nation’s actions and emphasize the need for accountability. The only monies to be allocated is to rebuild every township destroyed by European migrants and give African American protective status to live and enter those township without taxation or law enforcement. This bill will be paid for by the federal government. HBCU’s students will be fully funded by the federal government to ALL SOVEREIGN individuals, but they must graduate.
3. Reciprocity to freely travel to any African country of their choice without passport or any harassment for documentation. Denying such right under this new treaty, will be considered a “Hate Crime“ To reconcile the original treaties, that were given to other races that did not earn such treaties and American benefits. An assessment of the economic benefits derived from these policies and the resulting damages, both economic and psychological, inflicted on the descendants of the enslaved. This assessment would quantify the losses and provide a basis for determining appropriate compensation.
4. Consideration of the potential damages that were incurred by the African continent itself, had these stolen individuals remained in their homelands, preserving their kinship ties and contributing to their natural development. This analysis would provide a broader perspective on the impact of the transatlantic slave trade. Accountability for European countries that also benefited from the exploitation of African bodies, acknowledging the wealth and power generated through the extraction of natural resources. This would require international cooperation and a shared commitment to rectifying historical injustices.
5. Detaxation of all tax brackets for 16 generations for individuals with non-immigrant status, recognizing the enduring economic impacts that slavery and its aftermath have had on African American communities. This measure would aim to alleviate some of the systemic disadvantages and barriers faced by these communities.
6. Granting non-immigrant Black individuals’ freedom from passports and identification requirements, accompanied by the creation of an “Exceptional” ID when interacting with law enforcement. This status would provide exemptions and access to financial loans from banking institutions that have profited from the labor of their ancestors. It would help address systemic biases and provide opportunities for economic empowerment. It is essential to note that granting non-immigrant status to stolen Africans does not render them victims. Rather, it recognizes the need for retribution, consequences, and repercussions for those who have benefited from the victimization of others.
This is the essence of justice, and it is time for the bill to be paid.
IT IS CLEAR that America understands the historical context of America’s development requires a comprehensive examination of the role of slavery and its impact on different racial groups. The legacy of slavery has created an undeniable debt, and it is crucial to address this issue through a robust reparations package. By acknowledging the crimes committed against stolen Africans, assessing the damages caused, and providing economic redress, we can begin to move towards a more equitable society. It is only by confronting these uncomfortable truths and taking concrete action that we can hope to rectify the injustices of the past and forge a path towards a more just and inclusive future. SDMNEWS/Think Tank
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