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Individual Initiative: The Key to Our
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Posted By: earlybird, 9/21/2023 8:38:14 PM

In 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a task force to explore reparations for chattel slavery. Recent polling suggests, however, that even most Californians are opposed to cash payments to descendants of enslaved people. Reparations just aren’t a very American idea—they clash with our commitments to individual responsibility and equal opportunity rather than equal outcomes. In 1865, the anti-slavery leader Frederick Douglass gave a speech denouncing what we might now call “reparations.” “And if the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall.” he said. “All I ask is give him a fair chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!”


Miller has a lot to say. Give him a chance before you leap to your keyboard.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird 9/21/2023 8:51:18 PM (No. 1560867)
BTW, for those underinformed who believe my huge State of California is wall-to-wall Democrats, here are their historic voting registrations as of February 10 since 2013. They just can't seem to get to 51%; 10,305,901 46.89% 10,228,144 46.17% 8,612,368 43.11% 8,700,440 44.77% 7,645,173 43.15% 7,932,373 43.93%
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Timber Queen 9/21/2023 9:19:37 PM (No. 1560876)
FTA: "It’s true that African Americans have faced centuries of discrimination and injustice. From chattel slavery to Jim Crow laws, this country denied them their rights as Americans for far too long." The rest of the article is very good, promoting reality based education and trade schools. However, the inclusion by the author of the obligatory reference to centuries of past discrimination and injustice, slavery and Jim Crow, really disappoints me. When do we, as whites and American society in general, get to move away from this obligatory incantation? It seems that no one realizes that when this mea culpa is included, it negates every other point about equal opportunity. As long as establishment writers, black and white, feel compelled to include the "slavery and Jim Crow" clause in all articles about increasing the quality of black education and economic opportunities, they keep alive the resentment. Stop picking the scab and let the wound heal!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Birddog 9/21/2023 9:23:26 PM (No. 1560880)
Sooo...Miller quotes F. Douglas, but doesn't bother to mention Booker T Washington who BUILT the very type/kind/sort of school Miller describes, or rather his students built it, built their own classrooms, built their own housing, grew/raised their own food. Washington provided the instruction...and DEMANDED excellence, and EFFORT or the students got sent back down the road. Those students became some of the 1st experts in crop propagation, increasing yields exponentially via seed selection, animal husbandry practices, improved machines, improved architecture for specific commercial/agricultural and industrial purposes, invented new types of windows, invented and revolutionized brick making, took a chicken shack and turned it into a world class university with former slave holding/racist neighbors soon beating a path to their door, to purchase their products, their processes, hire their graduates, The Graduates that focused on Teaching became "In Demand" all across the Land. Most people, even black people, only know of the Tuskegee institute as pertains to the Group of Pilots, and/or the group of syphilis study patients. Booker T Washington's philosophy of life, work, learning and EARNING a place in society is a prime basis for every human being, of every race, every gender, at every age...but particularly the young..
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Encore 9/22/2023 9:36:48 AM (No. 1561138)
#2, I agree. The Jim Crow era was ended in mid ‘65’, I was five years old. Why should I have to be paying for their treatment during those years. I didn’t even know it happened. My father was a military sgt. with four kids, we had no privilege. I started with a basic public education and made my own way from there. Blacks get those same opportunities.
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