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“Falsehood flies, and and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect: like a man, who hath thought of a good repartee when the discourse is changed, or the company parted; or like a physician, who hath found out an infallible medicine, after the patient is dead.”
Let us start with the CARICOM Platform: “The CARICOM Reparations Commission is a regional body created to Establish the moral, ethical, and legal case for the payment of Reparations by the Governments of all the former colonial powers and the relevant institutions of those countries, to the nations and people of the Caribbean Community for the Crimes against Humanity of Native Genocide, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and a racialized system of chattel Slavery.”
CARICOM does not in any way allow us in their shit.
Damn Family. Can we have and/or do anything regarding us, with us, for us, about us, or due to us, without white, Hispanic, Asian, or Black alien inputs? Straight Question without adieu: “Why are Green Carders, non-eligible citizen descendants of immigrants, recently naturalized immigrants, and motherfuckers that are solid citizens of other countries that only visit here – having more say and influence over American Freedmen reparations than American Freedmen do?” Folks Like:
- NAARC Commissioner – Adjo Amouzou (Born in Togo – Africa)
- NAARC Commissioner – Lionel Jean Baptiste (Born in Haiti – Caribbean)
- NAARC Commissioner – Yvette Modestin (Born in Panama – Central America)
- NAARC Administrator – Don Rojas (Born in Saint Vincent – Caribbean)
And NAARC is not the only set-up with individuals possessing names that make you unsure of their provenance. The N’COBRA list goes like:
- Kalonji Olusegun
- Hannibal Tirus Afrik
- Jahahara Alkebulan-Ma’at
- Ari Merettazon
- Jumoke Ifetayo
- Adjoa Aiyetoro
- Johnita Scott-Obadele
- Dorothy Aurevoche
- Kibibi Tyehimba
- Njere Alghanee
No wonder HR40 is fucked up. It’s a Pan African bill. That’s why it needs the Darity edits. To stop the bullshit. Now – look at the N’COBRA list. Are any of these people American-born Black Americans? Or Not? Sounds like somebody needs to do some sorting-out and making things Clear to motherfuckers. American Slavery Lineage – Or Not? Can’t tell by the names. But every one of those folks on both lists are shaping reparations policy in meetings that readily recognizable – ordinarily named Jones and Robinson-ed American Freedmen are locked out of.
We need to ask NAARC:
“How a possibly Green Carded, drum-beating, Togolesian interloper like Adjo Amouzou has more say in our reparations than we do?”
Is that a good question?
And Lionel Jean Baptiste – who is a judge for the Ninth Subcircuit of the Cook County Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois. So What! How in the fuck does he have anything to say – about this? He’s Haitian! Last I checked – Haitians are from Haiti. Right? Not America. He is also a past – past president of the Haitian American Lawyers Association of Illinois. Haitian American Lawyers. You Know?
Ahh… For Haitians only. But he’s consequential in our space as well? Did he bring any coconuts? I don’t understand how a Haitian from Haiti even thinks that he has one fucking word to say into, over, or about this issue. Do WE have a say in Haitian affairs? I don’t remember ANY Haitian EVER asking us shit – about THEIR shit.
Remember Family: No Native Black Americans. No American Freedmen. No American descendants of chattel slavery are on the commissions of CARICOM or any other reparations entities representing the justice claims of other groups anywhere in the world. None. Nowhere. And Family – sharply remember that ALL commissioners and administrators belonging to NAARC have a hand in shaping OUR reparations policy. I repeat: “All of them.” And some of the individuals listed above in a properly constructed American reparations program – that are now shaping OUR program would not be eligible(!). So why and how are those foreign born – very ineligible people all the way up in our reparations business?
Black immigrants may be at each other’s throats in other political areas – but they are unified and On Code when it comes to controlling our reparations.
Again – not eligible. Whatever they do in Togo – have you ever heard of any Native Black American running, shaping, deciding, or influencing anything in Togo or any other African or Caribbean country? But a fucking Togolesian can boat, fly, or swim in, and shape OUR reparations? Without our permission? WOW! That’s some mind boggling shit. All of the people on the above lists can sit in the very same meetings regarding reparations that NAARC and N’COBRA will lock you and me out of. Sir Hilary Beckles (Chairman of CARICOM) and his entourage, inappropriately took up seats at the first HR40 House Judiciary Hearing held on June 13, 2019.
Those seats should have gone to American Freedmen.
Family – no motherfuckers from other countries should have more influence over our affairs than we do. OK? Diasporans in other countries would never allow American Freedmen into their domestic affairs like this. None of them – and that includes CARICOM. Think about that shit. Motherfuckers from Togo, Panama, Saint Vincent, and Haiti are able to lock us American Freedmen out of meetings that are regarding reparations for American Freedmen? Facts. If any American Freedman even THOUGHT about doing some shit like that in a Caribbean or African country? Man. Everybody reading this post KNOWS they would get FUCKED UP. Meaning fined, politically detained, imprisoned, tortured, maimed, or executed. They know how to acquaint a motherfucker with a machete.
They don’t play that kind of shit in those places.
We shouldn’t either. Let’s learn how to handle political interlopers from THEM.
Family – it is time to directly address NAARC and N’COBRA. The same folks that have a provision in HR40 to literally carry out reparations deliberations in secret. No reporting to us. With Green Carded Niggers from other countries deciding on our money. Our shit. The NAARC – N’COBRA Axis has literally invited the Diaspora to ride our naked Foundational Black American backs and greedily collect on our grandparents pain, deprivation, and dehumanization – flying in with griftitious “knowledge” and “expertise,” after the police dogs and Jim Crow smoke have cleared. A bunch of intrusive – inappropriate, motherfuckers…
Family. It is good to form cause-based coalitions and associations. But NAARC and N’COBRA have so many strategic white, Hispanic, and Asian contributors to their organizations that they are slowly universalizing our justice claim to everyone. And fuck us. Do those contributions have “Brown” agendas attached to the checks? Yes. Everyone needs to pay their good attention to NAARC and N’COBRA’s fluid reparations politics. Otherwise – the Mexicans will be getting our reparations.
From the NAARC website:
“America owes an historical debt to Black and Brown people, and reparations means repaying that debt…”
“Black and Brown?” What happened? I thought this was the “National African-American Reparations Commission.” Right? Maybe Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropped some of that “Brown” money over there. Who Knows? There’s a lot of things that could influence a man’s mind. Especially the mind of Dr. Ron Daniels.
Check this shit Family: If Black immigrants have a racial abuse claim against the United States – they have the right to handle that shit. But American Freedmen should not – do not – and will not work for them. OK? And all of the visiting, green carded, naturalized, or first-generation inborn aliens made light of in this post – definitely do not work for us. All of the motherfuckers listed in this article need to get up and off our reparations shit. And that includes Jamaican descended inborn alien – The Honorable Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Yep – her ass too. And remember – this is the same Democratic Party Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee that turns her behind up at – and ignores her local Black Reparationist constituents.
Slavery-lineaged Black Americans – those welcoming, accommodating, American Freedmen, have never exercised xenophobia or nativism. Especially towards those within and from the Diaspora. Black people. But Family – there are instances where the applications of xenophobia and nativism are appropriate, intelligent, and just. No – lets go further: The conscious and intelligent cultivation of xenophobia and American Freedman nativism is at this time necessary for our survival bodily, politically, and otherwise. Understand – this is a pressing necessity Family. Especially when aliens of any ilk are going deep into certain business where they don’t belong – and attempting to criminally redirect a 400 years due inheritance.
At this point – certain officials of CARICOM have become so entitled that some of them on public platforms will deign to “instruct” at and “insist” (finger pointing) to American Freedmen on what they think IS ENTITLED to Caribbeans. OK?
Verene A. Shepherd, whom is a Social Historian (!?) AND – check this: A fucking Vice Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission. She actually said this arrogant shit (with a Jamaican/British accent) on a recent YouTube post:
“The impression down here [in the Caribbean] is that Caribbean people who live in the United States – Black People would not be entitled to any reparations paid by the United States Government. What we are saying is that’s not right – we are saying that’s divisive of the Black population in the United States. We are saying that Caribbean immigrants have been harmed by that system through racial profiling and discrimination [and therefore should be entitled to reparations]…”
Like We [American Freedmen] answer – To Her (boy – watch your blood pressure).
Now – you can’t say that Caribbean people did not get the correct impression.
“Divisive?” Damned Right It Is Sweetheart…
The majority of American Freedmen feel that Caribbean folks that live in the United States would not – and should not be entitled to any reparations paid by the United States Government. Why? Because that makes sense to common thinking people that are not stupid. Yep. For example: Jewish people that have been harmed by anti-Semitism – but were not direct victims of, nor are descendants of victims of the Holocaust – are not – and should not be entitled to Holocaust Reparations. And they ARE NOT. Ask any astute Jewish person. Valid complaints of discrimination and profiling are what courts are for. Lots of Caribbean immigrants are lawyers – go ahead and file!!! We also have some Caribbean immigrants and first generation folks that are legislators at all levels of government. Ya’ll got skills – Right?
Craft and Present your own Bill: Call it “HR-Coconut.” I don’t know…
Being harmed by profiling and other forms of discrimination are separate issues that have nothing to do with our reparations claim. OK? That would be between Caribbean immigrants and the Government. Not us. And not with us. With all of the well-educated, well-compensated, and well-accomplished people that reside in the Caribbean immigrant community – if that community truly found this to be pressing, they would seriously pursue this as a separate issue themselves. Not to be conflated or joined in any way with our stuff. And not needing our help.
I suggest they have at it.
We’ve already been moved aside by immigrants in all kinds of major ways. The first “Black” president is a first-generation Kenyan. The first “Black” attorney general is a first-generation Barbadian. The first “Black” vice president is a first-generation Jamaican. Peter Braithwaite, an Alderman in Evanston Illinois – a Jamaican – (as of this writing) runs the reparations program there. The lead congressional sponsor of HR40 is a first-generation Jamaican. Moved Aside. Etcetera.
We fight – They sit. We advocate – They eat.
We are not going to be moved aside this time.
The NAARC – N’COBRA Axis should potentially be found guilty of Reparations Conspiracy and Theft. And CARICOM could potentially be looked upon as an international fence for American Freedmen Reparations Resources. Guilty…
Now Family – Africans and Caribbeans have always told us American Freedmen how much better they are than us. This is their chance to prove it. They need to handle their business – and get the fuck up and out of ours. Point Blank.
We must seize ownership of this reparations issue from Dr. Ron Daniels (NAARC). This is not his personal property. He strongly considers it to be his – but this issue belongs TO YOU. And strong political participation along with the narrowing and exclusivication of our issues is a necessary survival mechanism. I hope you understand this right now Family. Our survival as a people depends on it. Improperly practiced Pan Africanism is a resource-threatening fantasy:
For us – As it is – Pan Africanism Equals Death. From this point on – Black immigrants must hold their own nuts.
Oh – and another thing: Never trust any Black-run organization that accepts a MacArthur Foundation grant. This is “controlled opposition” money. There is such a thing as “good money” and “bad money” Family. Especially when it comes to this reparations space. Would you allow your child to accept money from a known pedophile? No? Ya Sure? OK. Beware family – Beware…