Reparations Defined by Attorney Dr. Robert L. Brock

I was assisted in writing this post by a wonderful bottle of Chateau Chante Alouette – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018. A serious red Bordeaux. I caught this one by chance. This lady usually sells for $60.00. I think the store inadvertently mispriced it (no sale was in progress – and it wasn’t on clearance). It was the only one on the shelf. So I quickly grabbed it – paid the $24.99 on the price tag and got out the store. A medium but complex body. Strong tannins, plums, ripe cherries, wood. A sweet end game of cinnamon and vanilla. Smooth – clean finish.

“No Self stands alone. Behind it stretches an immense chain of physical and – as a special class within the whole – mental events, to which it belongs as a reacting member and which it carries on. Through the condition at any moment of its somatic, especially its cerebral system, and through education, and tradition, by word, by writing, by monument, by manners, by a way of life, by a newly shaped environment… by so much that a thousand words would not exhaust it, by all that, I say, the Self is not so much linked with what happened to its ancestors, it is not so much the product, and merely the product, of all that, but rather, in the strictest sense of the word, the SAME THING as all that:

The strict, direct continuation of it, just as the Self aged fifty is the continuation of the Self aged forty.”

Erwin Schrodinger

“When we connect with our ancestors and put their wisdom into action, we are evolving our collective consciousness. We are transporting the ancient truths of our collective past and birthing them into our future. What we create out of those truths extends the wisdom of all those who have gone before us, and it provides a guide for all those who will follow.”

Sherri Mitchell Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset

Before becoming an active participant in the reparations movement – I never, ever heard of Dr. Robert L. Brock. If he is still alive, as of this writing, he would be 98 years old (I could find no recent information about him on the net). I first heard his name uttered disparagingly at an N’COBRA gathering by (the now deceased) Dr. Conrad Worrill. I processed what I heard the same way I process disparaging language regarding a Black person from white people. If he/she is doing and/or saying something they don’t like – that Black person must be doing something good. Well – I decided to find out more about this guy.

So here we are.

Dr. Robert L. Brock – even though most of us have never heard of him, is quite consequential in the reparations movement. Based in Los Angeles – he regards reparations as something that is long overdue. He first became interested in reparations while attending Southwestern University School of Law during the early 1950’s. He was propelled to action after reading President Andrew Johnson’s veto of post-Civil War legislation that would have given American Freedmen 40 acres and a mule. In 1956 he and others founded the “Self-Determination Committee.” For decades he spoke on this issue in churches, community centers, and colleges. An unrelenting and sharp activist. Within the old-school reparations movement he was/is regarded as a kind of elder statesman.

He has done some activist work with the late Queen Mother Audley Moore of Los Angeles and the late Ray Jenkins (aka “Reparations Ray”) of Detroit. Dr. Brock worked with the late attorney Johnnie L. Cochran on a slavery reparations lawsuit against the United States. He also worked with Randall Robinson – author of “The Debt.” Dr. Brock filed a reparations class action suit in 1956 that went to the Supreme Court. Dr. Brock states, “The wealth of America is our legal property. But we must make our legal claims to get money.” Dr. Brock projected years ago that the price for Native Black American reparations would be quite huge, somewhere in the trillions, by his estimate. But the money, he said, can and must be found.

He felt that it was too soon to worry about the cost.

Before being limited by health problems – Dr. Brock was holding meetings across the country in support of the late Congressman John Conyers’ HR40 Bill. For almost two decades, Dr. Brock spoke at forums with Conyers endorsing the idea of a study of reparations for American Freedmen. Over time, Dr. Brock felt that Congressman Conyers was perpetrating a 25-year political charade when he asserted that he was submitting reparations legislation every year, but he “couldn’t get it out of committee.” Even though the Bill was originally introduced in 1989 and Congressman Conyers also became the House Judiciary Committee chair in 1989. Dr. Brock saw this as a yearly political “ritual” with no practical end. Amazingly, before he died, Conyers said that reparations are “too controversial to pursue at this time.” (Is that so?) Conversely – Dr. Brock forcefully retorted: “The time is ripe to move the reparations movement to the top of the American agenda.”

So – HR40 was created in bad faith? For Show? WOW…

My understanding as far as the disdain the late Dr. Conrad Worrill had for Dr. Brock was that he broke with any associations with N’COBRA because of a difference in reparations distribution philosophy. Dr. Brock was a hard-core-ist regarding distributing cash payments to individuals. N’COBRA uncompromisingly wanted control of all reparations policy, resources, and distributions through a “reparations trust authority.” Dr. Brock couldn’t accept the N’COBRA position. He eventually cut them off. And there has been bad blood between them ever since.

The undated memo below was written between 1963 – 1965.

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Here It Is:

REPARATIONS AS DEFINED BY ATTORNEY DR. ROBERT L. BROCK

From the Desk of Attorney Dr. Robert L. Brock on Reparations:

Reparations is the value in payment for slave labor that Black People never received for 400 years of slave labor that should have accrued to the present U.S. Slaves Descendants as their inheritance. Reparations is also the “40 acres and a mule” that Black People of [American] slave and slave descent never received. Reparations is Money (gold), Goods and Services due Slave Descendants. Reparations is an Economic Emancipation that is long overdue Black People. The Indians received Reparations from the United States and the Jews received Reparations from Germany and presently the United States is paying damages to the Japanese (see note below), not Reparations. Reparations is payment made outside of the law. The Japanese are citizens and their legal Constitutional rights were violated.

Germany paid Reparations as a war demand to the Allied Powers. This is the kind of Reparations should be paid to U.S. Slaves and Slaves’ Descendants since U.S. Negroes do not come under U.S. Constitutional provisions but come under a DEMAND FOR REPARATION for Enslavement in an Act of War (undeclared) until a treaty or Article 73 a,b,c,d,e of The Charter of the United Nations as Non‐Self‐Governing People. The Japanese were interned in concentration camps with armed guards for 5 years (under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066), whereas, the Black American slaves and their descendants are in slavery and captivity for 400 years without any pay for labor and the fruits of their labor.

It is the slave labor of Negroes, and not the free labor of Whites and it is the uncompensated slave labor plundered by White People for more than 300 years that have made the United States the richest nation in the world, and we Black People are now in the process of demanding the value of our ancestors and antecedents before them’s [sic] plundered labor back and its value in money as our inheritance which is in the Trillions of dollars, money, goods, services and land.

Wars are fought for the taking of resources such as land, oil, gold, raw materials, violation of duty or rights, etc., but the war against Africans by the White Europeans was a war for the capture of the body and its use ONLY, and through the slave and triangular slave “trade” was as acts of enslavement continued for 300 years, and as long as the Africans (now called negro, black, American, colored, etc.) are in captivity, the war of enslavement continues, even to the present date hereof.

By warrant, authority and declaration in the year 1562, of Queen Elizabeth, a White English woman, war and African (negro) enslavement as acts of war began, an undeclared war without provocation or aggression by the Africans when Sir John Hawkins, who was the first Englishman, invaded the Continent of Africa and committed acts of war against African persons‐women‐men‐children after which, through plunder and pillage, the physical bodies of Africans were captured as enslavement as acts of war, as distinguished from the bodies of soldiers are captured as acts of war but not as acts of enslavement as war.

Reconstruction historians have generally agreed that one of the great tragedies of emancipation and Reconstruction was the failure of the United States and the Congress to provide economic security for the former chattel slaves principally by failing to provide them, over 4 million of them, with land. This was a deliberate act to deny Negro slaves any land for the purpose of forcing them to stay on the same plantation, and this fact is proven when one sees that cotton production reached the same level as when the Negroes were chattels. To this add Jim Crow, the Black Codes, lynching, etc.

Negro slave laborers (not the Industrial Revolution) provided the muscle, labor and scientific innovations without pay for three centuries, clearing the wilderness in the United States and making the land productive (the Whites and Indians did not do it). Who got the three hundred years of slave labor, money, goods, profits from scientific inventions, and services that Black People created from slave labor?

It is the Government of the United States and individual White men, White women and White children and others of the free structure and their heirs following in interest in a consecutive, successive succession of [the possession of] the Negro slaves’ labor and value to the present.

END OF MEMO

WOW —– some of our elders were killers. Don’t you agree Family? The only solid ought that I personally have with Dr. Brock’s overall reparations philosophy is his taste for repatriation to Africa. Not focused on that. At the same time – even though Dr. Brock seems to be a Pan African leaning repatriationist, he speaks in specificity regarding the historic injuries and potential compensations to American Freedmen. I also like his vociferously uncompromising position on cash payments.

Dr. Brock said to a Los Angeles Times reporter in 1990: “This is my life.” Dr. Brock was a former seaman in the merchant marine who never married, has no children, and he sustained(s) himself through lecture honorariums and donations to him and his organization. Dr. Brock contends that groups like the NAACP won’t deal with the issue of reparations because they are afraid of offending politically moderate Blacks and supporters in the white community. Dr. Brock remarked: “I don’t know if I’ll live to see reparations for Black people… but I’ve been laying the foundation. Sooner or later we are going to get what this country owes us.”

We must learn more about our 20th Century Reparationist elders.

A Note On Japanese Reparations: Most of us at this writing are only familiar with reparations paid to formerly interned Japanese Americans and their descendants via the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. What he is referring to is the Japanese-American Claims Act of 1948. This allowed Japanese Americans to apply for compensation for property losses. By the time the Act was passed, the Internal Revenue Service had destroyed most of the internees 1939 – 1942 tax records. It was difficult for claimants to establish that their claims were valid. Under the Act – Japanese American families filed 26,568 claims totaling $148 million in requests. Only $37 million was approved and disbursed.

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My Remarks at the AB3121 Task Force Meeting 03/29/2022

Don’t Judge – Don’t Judge. Yeah. I was drinking wine early in the morning in the place of coffee. Yes. Those NAARC and N’COBRA people get on my damned nerves. Wine is the cure. Anyway!!! I was assisted in making those remarks by a bottle of Chateau Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2018. Leading with oak and ripe fruit. Full bodied structure – soft acidity. A medium sustain of blackberries, plums, and vanilla. Ending with raspberries. Long – complex finish.

“My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line, and kiss my ass.”

Christopher Hitchens

“Hypocrites get offended by the truth.”

Jess C. Scott – Bad Romance: Seven Deadly Sins Anthology

Here It Is:

Good Morning Task Force:

I’ll make this QUICK.

I get tired of others, including our Black elected representatives always pushing hard to make the descendants of American slaves the “MULES” for all other groups. Including Black immigrants. This is ridiculous. My lineage does all the work – absorbs all the pain – suffers through all the deprivation. But when it comes to some kind of justice – some kind of recompense. We are supposed to step to the back of the line and allow Caribbeans and Africans to be prioritized?

Taking this long to decide on something that should not be a question in the first place is an insult.

Now that I see how Pan Africanism works – I am against Pan Africanism.

If a correction is for the descendants of American slaves – why does it always have to be “Inclusive?” Correction is too good for just Native Black Americans. Right? Even though the slavery and abuse and Reconstructional failure was Exclusively targeted to us. Not targeted to Black folks that landed here voluntarily after the smoke cleared. Tired of this. Gotta include Eskimos, Martians, bluebirds, and any African that just flew in yesterday and got his feelings hurt by a random policeman.

Really?

And he then somehow deserves slavery reparations HERE? No he doesn’t. Anyone that thinks that he does is WRONG. Everyone on this panel understands that a race-based bill at this point is morally, legally, and constitutionally improper.

If this were a Jewish American issue – there would be no question as to eligibility. There would not be this level of open disrespect. Everybody would respect the legalities and sensitivities involved. Everybody on this panel would stay on subject. As the special and designated group of people that BUILT this country – WE exclusively deserve that special respect. AND we should not have to demand this.

This time – I hope that this panel will stay on subject – do the proper thing – and vote in favor of lineage-based reparations. – Hey NAARC and N’COBRA! – The people are not having your overscholarized nonsense.

END OF STATEMENT

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The Mascotting of Queen Mother Audley Moore

I was assisted in writing this post by a grand bottle of Luigi Bosca Terroir Los Miradores Malbec 2018. An Argentinian (Tunuyan Region) standout carefully aged for twelve months in French oak barrels. Fine structure. Leading in with plums, ripe orange, vanilla, and oak. Complex tannins. A sustain and ending of chocolate, expresso, and black cherries. Balanced acidity. Long – clean finish.

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“Those who seek temporary security rather than basic liberty deserve neither… We began to talk about wanting to be first class citizens. We didn’t want to be second class citizens. You would have sworn that second class was in the Constitution. Also that citizens have to fight for rights. Imagine a citizen having to fight for civil rights! The very thought of it is repulsive. And I resent it and I reject this citizenship that was imposed on me. From the bottom of my heart I reject it. This is the thing that motivates me and keeps me going.”

“It’s past due. The United States will never be able to pay us all they owe us. They don’t have the money. But they’ll owe it.”

Audley (Queen Mother) Moore

After four years of looking, searching, phone calls, and starting over three times over again – I finally found something monumental. Something that was written in Queen Mother Audley Moore’s own hand. A very rare twelve page pamphlet entitled: “Why Reparations? Money For Negroes.” A revealing publication that should [really] be supremely interesting to soldiers working out here in these reparationist streets. Especially those soldiers that are hard core about the correct answer to the clear question of recipient specificity. The CORRECT answer.

Yep. There is no question that Queen Mother Moore is the Pan African’s – Pan African. So much so that she, along with Callie House has been turned into a Pan African mascot. Good Pan African marketing, with nothing revealed regarding her actual philosophy regarding reparations. The well-educated – well-informed NAARC (National African-American Reparations Commission) has a whole page on their website regarding Queen Mother Moore. But this pamphlet is strangely not included, even though this work exclusively focuses on reparations.

AND – even though this well-educated – well-informed commission [NAARC] is sharply aware of its existence. Sharply. After reading this work, now I see (you will too) why The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis never speaks on the substance of the true nature of Queen Mother Moore’s reparations energy and position.

Ahh… When it comes to reparations. Understand? At this point, read this post for yourself and judge on how much her well-reasoned position matches The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis’ non-specific Black universalist reparations position.

I will have further thoughts at the end of this post.

This work was never under copyright protection. Works in the public domain may be used freely without the permission of the former owner. I have reproduced all twelve pages (typos corrected) in their entirety so that you may see for yourself.

Here It Is:

SEMI HARD COVER

REPARATIONS: For African Americans

Why Reparations?

MONEY FOR NEGROES

vvvvvvvvvvv

REPARATIONS IS THE BATTLE CRY FOR THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL FREEDOM OF MORE THAN 25 MILLION DESCENDANTS OF AMERICAN SLAVES

By

Mrs. Audley A. Moore

PRESIDENT-FOUNDER

THE REPARATIONS COMMITTEE FOR THE DESCENDANTS OF AMERICAN SLAVES

PRICE $1.00

PAGE ONE – FORWARD AND ADDRESS PAGE

Forward

This work is dedicated to the HERALD-DISPATCH newspaper and the REPARATIONS COMMITTEE Inc., for their unselfish, uncompromising determination to contribute toward peaceful solution of the Reparations problem, which will undoubtedly become a social battle cry, in the immediate future, the likes of which this country has never heard heretofore.

Audley M. Moore

REPARATIONS COMMITTEE INC.

1431 West Jefferson Boulevard

Los Angeles 7, California

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Why Reparations?

After 244 years of free slave labor and the most inhuman, sinister, and barbaric atrocities which pass in magnitude any savagery perpetrated against human beings in the history of the planet earth, and an additional one hundred years of so-called freedom accompanied by terror, the Committee seeking Reparations for the descendants of America’s Slaves, concludes that the payment of Reparations is an absolute necessity if the Government of the United States is ever to wipe the slate clean, redeem herself, and pay for the damages she has inflicted upon more than 25 million American citizens, who are members of the Black Race. The payment of Reparations is the only position America can take in the interest of justice and make an effort to restore the dignity to 13.1 percent of her citizenry.

THEREFORE, WE, The Committee For The Securing of Reparations For The Descendants of men and women brought from the continent of Africa, and enslaved in the United States of America for more than 244 years, and are now commonly referred to as “Negroes,” do now make formal request of the Government of the United States, for fair and just compensation for the loss of the property rights in the labor of our foreparents. For which no payment of any kind has ever been made. The loss of so great a value in labor and skills, by which means [certain] citizens of this nation, whom as a class called themselves “slave owners,” over a period of 244 years became unjustly enriched, thereby making possible the development of so many of the vast and numberless fortunes [possessed by them] – which even today accounts for a very considerable portion of this nation’s wealth, is now due and payable to us as victims of this loss.

WHEREAS, the original drafters of the Constitution of this nation recognized the property rights in a man’s labor, they recognized [the] members of the Black Race only as chattels or animals. Consequently, Black people were never thought of as attaining the status of [white] men and women, and thus no consideration had to be given to their labor and skills, nor [were] any rights extended whatsoever to them, either legal or human.

The signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, belatedly bestowed the legal rights of ex-slaves, and provided that they be “classified” as human beings, [as] men and women. The Proclamation also made it unlawful to continue to force ex-slaves to contribute their labor and skills without “fair” compensation.

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The Supreme Court of the United States has now established that members of the Black Race in America, no matter how they came, nor the circumstances of their existence, are now, and retroactively have been human beings. And as human beings, these men and women, members of the Black Race, are logically and legally entitled to all of the rights and benefits accorded to Caucasian men and women, including the right of inheritance and property rights, which are also retroactive.

Many years ago the Courts of the United States ruled that a man or woman has a property right in labor and skills, and that such [a] right is subject to [all] the laws governing inheritance. Hence, under the Inheritance Law, [American] members of the Black Race, as human beings and citizens, despite national (or regional) customs and practices, should be governed and protected [equally].

The fact, that no consideration was ever accorded members of the Black Race, who as a class were called “slaves” and whose descendants, as a class, are now called “Negroes” has compounded the original injury to those now called “Negroes.” This injury ranges all the way from chronic and extensive poverty – [this] causing suffering and emotional distress resulting from:

a – Lynching
b – Jim Crow – Segregation
c – Disfranchisement
d – Raping
e – Denial of the Right to Vote in Southern States
f – Police Brutality
g – Use of Dogs and Water Hoses
h – Use of Electric Cattle Prods
i – Use of Horses and Billy Clubs

And, the widespread contempt and disdain which we receive from our fellow citizens, [that are themselves] not relegated to such [a low] class. Being subject to [white] mental mayhem, a condition that will inevitably culminate into Genocide, unless stopped.

We – in the name of humanity created by God to seek a full life while in this earthly domain; for the cause of justice for which mankind craves; for the sake of dignity which all men strive; we,

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the people of African origin enclosed [and formerly enslaved] within the boundaries of the United States of America do declare that:

We do not now, nor have we ever had equal protection under the laws of this country which by various customs are not enforced, when we are involved.

We have, since 1863 been the victims of mob violence, lynching and systematized atrocities, to a far greater extent than any other citizens, or residents of this country.

We charge that: our language, culture and original heritage were [over time] methodically and deliberately destroyed.

Our names and geographical identity were systematically obliterated.

We are denied the legal right to shelter by discrimination, custom, overt de jure segregation, and subtle de facto segregation.

The Reparations Committee, is seeking relief in money damages for the victims of these injustices with which to begin a program of rehabilitation. It is, further, the desire of this Committee that every well-meaning and patriotic American, whatever his position in life, do his utmost by word as well as deed, to help this long overdue and just effort to erase the blot and stigma from the unfortunate past of America’s history – by public and official expiration for the wrongs heaped in multiplicity upon a large mass of [formerly enslaved] American Citizens whom have contributed so richly to America’s culture, welfare, and safety.

THE REPARATIONS COMMITTEE FOR UNITED STATES SLAVES DESCENDANTS INC:

(s) S. Alexander, Chairman of Board of Directors
(s) Audley A. Moore, President and Founder
(s) Charles H. Davis, National Chairman
(s) Berta Forrest, National Recording Secretary
(s) Stacey Adams, State Chairman, California

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Poverty, The Results of Chattel Slavery

The contents of this booklet are addressed not only to our people in particular, whom are [the] victims of oppression, but also to the white people of the United States who need this great opportunity to cleanse themselves of wrongs done to our people by their cruel ancestors.

By way of preface there is little to say since the character of this work is embodied in this booklet, which is the fruit of untiring effort, research and investigation into the phenomenon of our special oppression. [From] which [certain] effects stem from the anti-social nature of the slave system in this country, with its reprehensible acts of barbarism, which violated all natural laws of human aspirations and justice. The atrocious deeds done to our ancestors by the legions of white fiends rise before us in new and irresistible horror. It is intended to meet the need of bringing to the people of this country a great principal of restitution by those of us who desire to raise our people from the degradation of national poverty resulting from the effects of chattel slavery, which has left us without [access to] national resources.

The fact that Reparations has not yet been included along with the integrationist leaders’ demands is because they underestimated the depth and the bitterness of our suffering and the intelligence of our people. In spite of our indomitable will to die for our rights like men and women on our feet rather than live on our knees. This was demonstrated by our unquenchable revolutionary fervor at the United Nations when the Honorable Patrice Lumumba of The Congo, Africa was murdered, and on the picket lines and demonstrations throughout this country. Where our people in their massive efforts to become citizens endured the foul onslaught of tear gas, fire hoses, police dogs, police brutality, and arrest to secure those rights denied us by the oppressive villains.

Without Reparations our people can never be on equal terms with the white sons of our former slavemasters who continue to reap the abundant benefits of the wealth created by our foreparents through their centuries of unrequited labor. The unpaid labor of African slaves [chattelized in America] laid the foundation for the accumulation of the wealth that ultimately made the U.S.A. the richest country in the world. During the period of slavery millions of our people died while being transported under conditions of indescribable horror while crossing the “middle passage.” Our roots and culture were

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ruthlessly destroyed. We were deprived of human status, with families broken and fragmented and family ties eliminated, our women were raped and abused, our men were placed in chains. Bred like animals our children were taken from us and given over to owners and slavemasters to be sold on the auction block. Today our [Black] youth are taught false history, theories and principles to prevent race pride.

The Reparations Committee will present the evidence of the lawless vendors in human flesh in all its sickening and horrible details.

Through the signing of Emancipation Proclamation we were ostensibly granted freedom and full citizenship, [along] with the ensuing amendments to the Constitution – but these [citizenship rights] were then, and continue to be, withheld from us. Therefore, our suit demanding payment of a debt long overdue is justified. Although no amount of Reparations could adequately repay us for the cruelty we suffered. Still, there must be a recognition of the crimes committed against us and a just settlement before the issue can be considered closed.

The two major political parties of our oppressors (Democrats and Republicans) have consistently tried to keep this issue of slavery and Reparations hidden, but [the act of] suppressing it has caused one of the greatest socio-economic problems of this age. This [reparations] issue is clear. No civilized human society would contest, and no democratic state would neglect, or in this case shun its [ultimate] responsibility to adequately recompense those from whom such sacrifices were extracted. Besides our unrequited labor we have given genius to America – the genius of Benjamin Banneker, Harriet Tubman, Crispus Attucks, and Dorie Miller. African-Americans have given their very lives to preserve the American Dream, [of] which they have not [as yet] shared in.

The 100th year since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation which was to free our people from chattel slavery, finds us suffering economic and political oppression in the U.S.A. Therefore, the question of the continued subjugation of an entire people, landless and disenfranchised, deprived of equal status with the rest of the general populace, deprived of recognition of our contribution to the culture and enrichment of the [United States] economy – remains.

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Therefore, considering our present intolerable status here [in the United States] – the future, if there is to be one, rests on the solution presented. The demand for Reparations must become the first goal of every African American.

History substantiates the justness of our claim. However, of all the people who have received Reparations for wrongs committed against them, none of their claims are as historically or morally compelling as the demand for Reparations for the descendants of American Slaves.

In view of the foregoing, we the descendants of those Africans, uprooted from our [original] homeland, transported to this alien land, and once here – forcibly made to labor without pay for centuries, through the sponsorship of the U.S.A. – do hereby set forth the following claims and demands, as embodied herein.

Claim for Reparations Filed

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which became effective January 1, 1863, The Reparations Committee for United States Slaves Descendants Inc., a non-profit corporation organized and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the State of California, filed a claim for Reparations and money damages with the United States Government on December 20, 1962 – for more than 25 million American [slave descendant] Citizens.

Members of the Black Race.

THE FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION as filed, sets forth, and proceeds, and sues on behalf of and for the benefit of a class consisting of approximately 25 million Americans of African descent, whose antecedents and ancestors before them, until 1863, were held in cruel and inhuman slavery. The claimants [justifiably] ask for Reparations in the form of money damages, for the loss of their ancestors’ fair share of property which accrued by reason of their skills and labors to the use and benefit of those persons, citizens of the United States of America, whom as a class, called themselves “slaveowners,” and who did, with the sanction, approval and protection of the United States Government, became unjustly enriched by the use of such forced human labor.

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THE SECOND CAUSE OF ACTION calls attention to “THE UNJUST ENRICHMENT of and to said ‘OWNERS’ by such wrongful claims of the ownership of human beings as property, and by the wrongful use of such forced human labor, which continued for a period of more than two hundred years, until 1863. Those of the class for whose benefit complaint sues herein, and by such wrongful taking without their consent.”

THE THIRD CAUSE OF ACTION calls attention to the fact that the United States of America and all free nations and societies, whereby [white] individuals enjoy property ownership and its attendant benefits, such as inheritance and descent. The descendants of America’s slaves were denied this right.

This brilliantly prepared Claim calls attention to the fact that Slaves and their descendants have contributed to the wealth of the United States and at the same time remained impoverished economically, weakened culturally, and demeaned socially. Referring to the fact that the United States is a signatory to the International Organization of the United Nations, whose charter and conventions prohibit the cruel and oppressive treatment of any racial or ethnic group. The Claim sets forth that various states within the domain and under the central power control of the United States Government, since the Emancipation Proclamation, have violated and continue to violate the express provisions of the Federal Constitution and supreme laws of the land including the charter of the United Nations which is otherwise known and recognized as the crime of “GENOCIDE.”

Under the provisions of the aforementioned Constitution of the United States of America, the Claim states, as explicitly enunciated by the Supreme Court of the United States of America in its now legendary school desegregation decision, and in subsequent decisions, unqualified recognition is accorded to the constitutional guarantees and limitations concerning Human Rights.

Article XI Offers Precedents. It states:

“Strong and compelling as may be the merits of this Claim for Reparations on its face alone, it is not without apt precedents in the field of law of nations. Particular references here are made in regards to the payment of Reparations by West Germany, under a Treaty

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signed in 1952, to the new nation of Israel and, quite significantly, to a separate private body known as the ‘Conference of Jewish Organizations on behalf of Jews.’ Details will be developed subsequently in legal proceedings.” Other and similar precedents on Reparation payments by the United States Government are as follows:

The Definition of Reparations:

  • Amends or compensation for loss or damage.
  • The action of repairing or keeping in a repaired state – Webster’s Dictionary.

The Precedents:

A. Germany paid reparations to the allies under the [1919] Versailles Treaty of World War I. Germany was considered the aggressor nation [in this case].


B. Finland paid [substantial] reparations to Russia – Concluding its last payment on September 18, 1944.


C. United States paid and continues to pay reparations to American Indians, for the denial of citizenship rights and the loss of personal property. And, at the end of almost five centuries, the United States is still negotiating with American Indians regarding the payment for the recent seizure of property to the tune of 29 million dollars.


D. United States paid reparations to the Philippines in September, 1962 – for damages to that country and the use of that nation during World War I.


E. United States paid reparations to Japanese Americans – for the denial of rights, the seizure of property, and confinement in concentration camps during World War II. Reparations were paid to individual Nisei and was deemed tax free (see note below).


F. Germany, under a Treaty signed in 1952 – paid reparations to the Jews and to Israel.

Examples:

Finland Reference: World Today – Page 307 – July, 1952. The Finland Treaty was signed on February, 1947.

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On September 18, 1944 Finland paid its last installment on Reparations resulting from the Russo-Finnish Armistice of 1944 and an amendment to the agreement of December, 1944-45 – in the amount of 300 million dollars:

R. F. Harrod – said in an article on German Reparations: “…we lack experience of what civilized white men will do under the lash. Well now we have some experience, and it may be an edifying story.”

German Reparations to Israel: The 1952 Treaty and its effects.

German Reparations to Israel Reference: International World Today – Vol. 10 – June, 1954 – Page 258.

Relative to members of the Black Race who boast of one white parent, and wish to identify themselves with that parent rather than identify themselves with the Black Race, the Committee follows the custom [as] established by the United States Government and rules, ” …an individual with one drop of ‘Negro’ blood in his or her veins is considered a Negro.” However, the Committee declares that those individuals who do not wish to share in the just and fair Reparations, are not obligated to do so. They are however, obligated not to join the enemies [whites and Negro reparations oppositionists] of the American citizens of African descent to campaign against the payment of Reparations.

The Committee views seriously the fact that the United States Government gives, [that which is] extracted from all citizens including American citizens of African descent, and without our consent, billions of dollars to India to fight China, spends more than one million dollars daily in Laos, and sends millions to South Vietnam.

Under our present law the Internal Revenue Service each year makes a large cash contribution to Israel’s welfare, despite the fact that Israel is a sovereign state. Furthermore, more than 200 million dollars was spent to rescue the “Pigs” from Cuba, captured during the ill-fated mission of aggression on a sovereign nation by refugees stationed in this country. Also, Americans of African descent are asked to pay taxes equally with [white] others to provide “foreign aid” to Communist Poland, Communist Hungary, and Yugoslavia.

And England, France, Canada, and other countries whose citizens, if they wish – may become first-class citizens of this nation and [will] discriminate against African-Americans, whom are [de facto] treated as step-citizens.

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In view of the foregoing, it is the studied opinion of The Reparations Committee, that there can be no argument against the just Claim for Reparations for the American Citizens of African descent. The Reparations payment will be used to rehabilitate and elevate [out of] the national poverty which the American citizens of African descent suffer as a result of chattel slavery.

Preferential Treatment . . . YES

The Reparations Committee takes the position that the descendants of American Slaves must be given preferential treatment – NOW – with immediate hiring on a quota basis in every level of our industry, implemented with an intensified on the job training program. The program must be instituted and financed by the Federal Government – NOW.

It is the contention of the Reparations Committee that the descendants of American Slaves are entitled to 13.1 percent of all jobs in America. The job quota therefore, is the first step toward repairing the damages inflicted upon the slaves and their descendants, commonly known as Negroes.

Preferential treatment and hiring on a job quota basis will further serve to balance the mal-treatment of which the Negro has been a victim in this country for over 344 years.

The Negro Revolution of 1963 with its anti-climax, the March on Washington occurring August 28, 1963, resulted in little or no gains for the Negro masses. The Negro leaders’ demands are limited: Integration, and Freedom Now. The Reparations Committee argues that these are empty [non-productive] slogans, and that integration is possible only among equals.

It is the studied opinion of the Reparations Committee that the Negro masses are unable to compete with the white masses at present, because they have been deprived of equal status, denied equal education, denied economic and political opportunities. And, for a century, have lived on the outskirts of America’s society. Thus, the preferential treatment will raise the Negro to the academic, economic, and cultural level of the white citizens. Or, the government could, which would not be practicable – disenfranchise white citizens, deprive them of their citizenship rights, deprive them of education – or generally reduce them to the level of the Negro masses to equalize our citizenship. The Reparations Committee

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believes this is not sound, that the Negro should be, via the preferential treatment option, given an on the job training program, being raised to the level of the white citizen – equalizing our citizenship, and preparing for an integrated society.

Unless steps are taken in this direction immediately – America cannot be classified as a civilized nation.

To those including – John F. Kennedy, President of the United States, who say they are opposed to preferential treatment and hiring of the Negro on a quota basis, obviously wish to maintain the Negro on status quo. Those who oppose quota hiring on the one hand and say they support the Civil Rights fight on the other, are double talking and actually wish to subvert the revolution and deny the payments for damages inflicted by the United States Government upon the descendants of American Slaves. The power structure, by refusing to agree to hire Negroes on a quota basis are refusing to admit their responsibility for the plight of the Negroes.

Without preferential treatment, the Negro will never be on equal terms with white America. The white American has a 344 year head start on the descendants of American slaves. They must, therefore, have special or preferential treatment to catch up.

History substantiates the African American’s Claim for cash payment of Reparations from the United States. Thus, the Reparations Committee calls upon African American leadership to make the demand for cash payments of Reparations, “THE BATTLE CRY FOR FREEDOM IN 1963,” which would include 25 million step-citizens in the American Dream.

END OF PAMPHLET

Commentary:

Thank You Great Ancestor!!!

Ahh… No wonder the Pannies have never taken pains to publish anything written by Queen Mother Moore. And I mean – Anything. Why? Because as we can see, her actual reparations philosophy – her actual words are problematic to present-day Pan African reparations marketing. The Axis will consistently trot out the IMAGES of Queen Mother Moore and Callie House. This without lessons or depth. Nothing.

We understand that Callie House’s mission was regarding pensions for Freedmen. We know that Queen Mother Moore was a solid Pan African. Question: “What else do we know about her in contrast to the marketing expended to us by The Axis?” Well now that we can read her own thoughts in her own hand – let us see:

ONE – she thinks that reparations eligibility should be limited to the descendants of American slaves. (Oops!) Not Pan African universalized to any Black person that just happens to fly in. Only to be inherited by the descendants of the people that were enslaved in the United States of America. Entirely. Just to be clear.

In contrast to the official NAARC/N’COBRA position:

“We strongly affirm the right of all people of African descent in the U.S. to receive reparations, irrespective of when they arrived here or their country of origin.”

“It would be the height of hypocrisy to limit reparations to only those who can prove a direct lineage as victims of the enslavement era. For these and other reasons we believe that any effort to restrict discussion of reparations to those who can trace a direct line to slavery is not only a misreading of history, but falls prey to a peculiar form of “Black nativism” that identifies more with the nation-state known as the United States of America, rather than to our commonality with the rest of the African World. NAARC firmly asserts that reparations should not be restricted to people of African descent who can prove their lineage to what is being termed ‘American’ enslavement.”

This is a 180 degree difference from Queen Mother isn’t it? Looks like we’ve been lied to by Pan African omission. That’s what it looks like to me. OK. I am still trying to figure out where Diasporans got an “affirmed right” to our reparations.

Still looking.

Responding to the accusation of “Black nativism?” We accept the accusation. American Freedmen have made a 400 plus year forced investment into the formation, culturization, and direct building of this country. We are no longer “Africans.” Even though the largest part of our genetic makeup is African.

True.

But a contained ethnogenesis occurred that cannot be genetically reversed nor retro-culturalized. Therefore, we do completely identify with the nation-state known as the United States of America. Yep. We fully celebrate the same nativism Frederick Douglass sustained after he released himself from slavery. Right?

Because, along with the Foundational White Americans (those Caucasians whose antecedents arrived in this country between 1619 and 1865), WE – the Foundational Black Americans Right Here are THE ACTUAL CO-OWNERS of this Mother. OK?

We’ve earned the RIGHT more than anyone else to call this OUR COUNTRY. Even after 400 plus years of unrecompensed hard laboring, unjustified marginalization, wholesale asset subtraction, the most deprivatory policies, laws, codes, AND the worst treatment ever experienced by human beings in the history of civilization. That peculiar investment – along with actively and tribalistically being partitioned from complete citizenship (singular or dual) in most African countries. The same stupidly tribalistic countries we were sold away from, and disparaged to (!?).

“What else are we going to identify with?” Tell us that Dr. Ron Daniels. To what country(s) are we repatriating to? Whom is accepting us? Which ones? Show Me Sir. Why would we repatriate from something that we substantially helped to build? “Build then leave?” Really? Ahh… NO. We are going to identify with the same RED – WHITE – AND BLUE super-rich country that every Pan African we know still comfortably makes residence in.

An American residency done with no repatriation plans whatsoever.

TWO – she believes that reparations should be expended in the form of cash payments to individuals. Was this a Pan African saying “Cut The Check?”

In contrast to the official NAARC/N’COBRA position:

” . . . it is critical to recognize that direct benefits are insufficient to repair the underdevelopment and destruction of communities.”

” . . . we renew the call for a National Reparations Trust Authority to be the repository, custodian and administrative body to receive monetary and material resources, allocated by offending parties, as restitution to repair the damages inflicted on the sons and daughters of Africans in America during centuries of oppression and exploitation.” 

Do you remember hearing a “call” from anybody? Those on the specificity side of the reparations fence critically and correctly recognize that direct benefits are an essential and foremost part of any repair program in a capitalist – asset oriented society. Just like MacArthur Foundation grants (a form of direct benefits) are sufficient to support the political misinformation operations of The Axis.

THREE – Queen Mother Audley Moore believed that the payment of direct cash reparations would be directly repairing and empowering to the Freedmen community. Never making a call to create an interposing commission to come between Native Black Americans to “receive,” “manage,” and “administer” our reparations money for a large operations cost. That cost being added to and grand theft compounded at the federal, state, and local levels. This is pure evil. The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis does not want you to see a dime of your reparations.

It seems like she trusted the financial judgment and constructive abilities of Freedmen Blacks more than The Axis does. And if the elders of NAARC and N’COBRA were tutored at the knee of the great and knowing Queen Mother Moore like they said they were – where did they get this “National Reparations Trust Authority” stuff from? That proposed construction seems so out of her character.

In contrast to the official NAARC/N’COBRA position:

“This Authority would be comprised of a cross-section of credible representatives of reparations, civil rights, human rights, labor, faith, education, civil and fraternal organizations and institutions. It would be empowered to establish subsidiary Trust Funds to administer projects and initiatives in the areas of culture, economic development, education, health and other fields as deemed appropriate based on the demands in the Reparations program.”

Notice that this “Authority” looks like a redo of the tired-assed, do-nothing NAACP. One of the standards that I apply to discern whether an individual is a sincere soldier operating in this reparations space is if that person supports direct cash payments. If they don’t – they are on some bullshit. Full Stop. (Cough) “Subsidiary Trust Funds?” – “Ahh… What’s That?” Sounds like something that a pimp with an MBA would come up with. “Other fields?” What “other fields?” And what are the judgment parameters for “deeming something appropriate?”

What “demands in what reparations program?” The “people” haven’t decided.

Now ask yourself a question. Give yourself an honest answer. Let’s say the first installment or action of a reparations program is an immediate closing of the wealth gap. Would you prefer that beautiful, juicy, tax-exempt CHECK drawn on the United States Treasury in an estimated amount of say $350,000 or possibly more going to YOU – OR “The Reparations Trust Authority?” Run by Dr. Ron Daniels. And felonious Pan Africans. And pimp preachers. Your Choice.

I thought so. . .

OK. So Queen Mother Moore’s view of reparations distribution aligns with yours? Right? The other little thing that bothers me about The Axis’ position that Queen Mother Moore doesn’t demand is the inclusion of preachers in an “Authority” to manage your money. Absorb That Family – preachers managing your money.

Now – all of us are familiar with media reports of financial malfeasance and a plethora of sexual and other scandals, all committed by an unregulated and unsupervised clergy. Especially financial crimes. Right? So The Axis is gonna put real preachers into real contact with not millions. Not billions. But trillions of dollars of our money. Do we really want to do that? All those “extra unregulated – unsupervised hands?” Queen Mother Moore’s view is real simple. Just put the money directly into the hands of the eligible recipients.

That’s It.

In the 1980s, Queen Mother Moore joined forces with N’COBRA and began a campaign to educate the public about reparations through town hall meetings and conferences. She also, at the time, supported Representative John Conyers’s 1989 bill, HR 40. But she never wavered from her position that the primary and most necessary part of a reparations program is to expend cash payments to individuals.

That’s It – Again…

Family!!! Now that you have a little more ammunition to counter the bullshit emanating from The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis – Please Use It. This is profoundly damaging to Axis propaganda. They are not gonna talk about this. Even though this pamphlet is extremely rare – I’ll bet some of the old heads in the movement have at least one copy of this document in their personal libraries. They’ll talk about (!?) Queen Mother Moore – they won’t talk about this. But We Can. . .

A Note On Japanese Reparations: Most of us at this writing are only familiar with reparations paid to formerly interned Japanese Americans and their descendants via the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. What she is referring to is the Japanese-American Claims Act of 1948. This allowed Japanese Americans to apply for compensation for property losses. By the time the Act was passed, the Internal Revenue Service had destroyed most of the internees 1939 – 1942 tax records. It was difficult for claimants to establish that their claims were valid. Under the Act – Japanese American families filed 26,568 claims totaling $148 million in requests. Only $37 million was approved and disbursed.

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Citizen Engagement

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“For – in a democracy, every citizen, regardless of his interest in politics, ‘holds office’ – every one of us is in a position of responsibility; and, in the final analysis, the kind of government we get depends upon how we fulfill those responsibilities. We – the people, are the boss, and we will get the kind of political leadership, be it good or bad, that we demand and deserve.”

John F. Kennedy

Below is a letter written by a “complete citizen.” A Freedmen descendant and Chicago resident that is a 78 year old Black soldier. First – let’s read her bio:

She was born into a military family in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1944 – then raised in Jackson, Mississippi by a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a true Freedman village. It was in this community and environment that she received the foundation that gives her the courage and philosophy that she holds today.

Her first career interest was to become a lawyer. This interest developed after observing a brilliant presentation by the late Judge Constance Baker Motley, who represented James Meredith’s admission to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). However, after graduating from high school, she chose instead to pursue a career in education, and went on to receive a B.A. degree in education from Tougaloo College (an HBCU established in Jackson, Mississippi) and an M.A. degree in Guidance and Counseling from Jackson State University.

During her twenty-seven years in education, Ms. Lewis took on issues that affected Black children in particular, and Black people in general. She suffered twice being fired as a teacher in Mississippi because she sternly challenged the cruelty of white supremacy once schools were integrated by law in 1969. She left Mississippi in 1973 to accept a high school counseling position in Racine, Wisconsin. After spending two years in the predominantly white Wisconsin school system – she concluded that white children did not need her service and subsequently moved to Chicago.

Her first awareness of racism – white supremacy and the devastating effects that it has on Black people, was at the age of eleven when Emmett Till was murdered in Money, Mississippi in 1955. Her desire to challenge this evil system began at the age of fourteen when she joined the N.A.A.C.P. West Jackson Youth Council under the tutelage of Medgar Evers. Her first demonstration occurred in 1960 when her Youth Council members protested a white store owner in her community, who had kicked a pregnant Black woman out of the door of his store. She was also active in testing the 1964 and 1965 Civil Rights Acts by riding the segregated transportation systems of Jackson, Mississippi, making sure the laws were upheld and enforced.

Her yearning for justice for her people had led her to fighting on all fronts: She became one of the founding members of the Committee to Free Mumia (unjustly imprisoned political activist and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal). She unrelentingly advocated for the release of Aaron Patterson (falsely imprisoned for murder – later exonerated then gubernatorily pardoned) – which culminated into passing the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission. The creation of this commission came about as a direct response to the twenty-year period of Chicago Police torture of Black men under Commander Jon Burge. She was also a founding member of the Black Mobilization Committee Against the War in Iraq to educate our people about how money was being siphoned from our communities to support an unjust war in another part of the world. A former member of N’COBRA – she is now a proud Chicago Freedman advocating for Native Black American reparations.

With This – I am grateful to know her.

Now the Letter:

Alderman Jason Ervin,

What the hell are you talking about compromising? What are Mexican aldermen compromising on? Are the Asians compromising anything? What is this talk about giving up a Ward for Asians? Are they not part of the fifty Wards, in some way or another, that we all comprise here in Chicago already? Are they not citizens of one or another of our fifty Wards now? This talk is downright unintelligent and stupid.

The Asians, Mexicans, Arabs, and other immigrants are economically established throughout our [Black] communities. They are sucking out all of the money and resources that Black people should be getting from their community. So – what the hell are you talking about? I will answer that for you: “You don’t give a damn.” Researching your Ward, I have been able to determine that the businesses in your Ward are owned mostly by everyone but Black people. There is no indication that you have been assisting Black men and women to open more businesses in the 28th Ward. Now that you feel threatened about losing your position as alderman, you came up with this map at the last minute – hoping that Black people will support you. This kind of nonsense is what happens when Black politicians have no vision for their people. You and other Black aldermen should have been on top of this.

The Mexicans and other aldermen who speak Spanish are holding firm. I say “who speak Spanish” – because the definition of Hispanic is a person of Latin American descent. Especially those of Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin living in the continental United States, and relating to the people, speech, or culture of Spain. Spain – a white European country, conquered what is now called Mexico and Puerto Rico, and these people identify themselves as white until it is advantageous for them to say they are a minority. What they have in common is the language.

However, historically speaking, Mexicans are descendants of the Aztecs, Olmecs, and the Mayans, who were Black. And Puerto Ricans are descendants of the Taino people whom are also of African ancestry. Some of them are ignorant of these facts, and some do know – but will not acknowledge it. Anthropologically, there are three classifications of humankind: Negroid, Caucasoid, and Mongoloid. Due to their own willful ignorance and emulated white supremacy mindsets, they don’t want to acknowledge their true Negroid ancestry. So – to hell with them!

What role do white aldermen play in this? Tell the white aldermen who speak Spanish or don’t speak the language to give away their Wards from under the white people they represent. Will they? No! They are not going to challenge other white people. All these damned immigrants come to this country and take on the attitudes of white people when it comes to us. They do it because we will not unify ethnically and politically like everybody else. This is about power! And they will run over us like an eighteen-wheeler truck if we don’t get ourselves together.

Why don’t you offer them Chinatown instead?

How dare you talk about compromising! Don’t you compromise on a damned thing! You stand on the shoulders of Black men and women who challenged the system so that we can be in the political arena that we are in today. Good or bad. You don’t have the knowledge or courage to make a decision of this magnitude that materially involves Black people, and a Black community. This is not just about one individual alderman. This is about power! This is about the Black community holding on to what WE have fought for. It is time for you Black aldermen to stop being individualistic in your thinking and approach to serving your people. The [Black] people elected you to serve them, and not just one person (yourself). Black people elected you to represent and execute the agenda of BLACK people. Not women, not minorities, not LGBTQ, not people of color, but BLACK people.

It is time for Black politicians to collectively say to everybody else in America that you are benefitting from the struggle of Black people. The Mexicans and others are at this juncture in politics in Chicago because of Black politicians. Especially our distinguished Brother Harold Washington (first Black Mayor of Chicago). Had it not been for him and our fight for an equitable political, educational, and economic justice for all, those Mexicans and Puerto Ricans would not today be where they are politically. And they [Hispanics] don’t have the human and political decency to acknowledge the significant role our Black community has contributed to their rise.

So now they have the audacity to make demands of us?

Having expressed an analysis of where we are, it is time for Black politicians to unite and engage the Black community to protect the gains and interests of our people. Not the interests of one individual alderman, and not the interests of other groups. We must speak with one voice and say to everyone who continues to disrespect and deliberately deny what we have given to the world and made it what it is today. We must send a message to them that we will fight them like a rattlesnake if they try to rob us today like their white racist ancestors did in the past. And that includes everybody, even the Africans and Caribbeans who come to this country and join the white supremacists against American BLACK people.

We must remind them [Black politicians] that many of these people are not legal citizens of the United States. And should have no political say regarding us.

Lastly, with the exception of maybe one or two, Black aldermen who are members of the Chicago City Council are not worth supporting or fighting for. Too many of you Black politicians have sided with the white power structure to the detriment of the Black community. The majority of you allowed [former Chicago Mayor] Rahm Emanuel to close almost a hundred schools in the Black community. And that led to the exodus of many Black families out of Chicago. The majority of you have been silent about the lack of economic and educational equity for our people.

You have allowed Arabs, East Indians, and Asians to detrimentally bombard our communities economically – and they will not hire our young people. People who take the money out and give not one dime back. We cannot ever set up businesses in their communities! You support Chicago being a Sanctuary City for Hispanics while your own American citizen Black people are sleeping under viaducts and in parks. This is what you Black aldermen of the Chicago City Council have done.

But as previously stated, it is not about any one individual – it is about the Black community holding on to what we have fought for by ANY MEANS NECESSARY. The Black community must wake up and organize to stop this carnage against us!

Doris Lewis

Black Citizenship in spirit and action. Why can’t all our elders roll like this?

Green Cards And Reparations

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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.”

Jonathan Swift

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 Native 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.

Do you?

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 shit. The NAARC – N’COBRA Axis has literally invited the Diaspora to ride our naked Native 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.

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.

You Know?

Check this shit Family: If Black immigrants have a racial 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.

Foundational 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 Freedmen 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 Native Black Americans on what they think IS ENTITLED to Caribbeans. OK?

Watch This:

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 Native American Blacks 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 – 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…

The Sadducees And Pharisees Of Reparations

This Post was Co-Written By Cynthia McDonald

We were assisted in composing this post by a bottle of Marchesi Sierra Foothills Zinfandel 2019. Bold with medium tannins. Foreground of plums, blueberries, blackberries, and vanilla. An abiding concert of cherries, raspberries, and muted strawberries. Soft acidity. Long but elegant finish of black pepper and cinnamon.

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“Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: ‘The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others…

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.”

Matthew 23:1-7 and 27 NIV

A bad rebuttal deserves a great counter-rebuttal.

Nkechi Taifa Esq. is the President and CEO of The Taifa Group LLC, she is also an Advocacy Director for Criminal Justice & Convener for the Justice Roundtable Coalition, a Commissioner with the National African American Reparations Commission [NAARC], and the latest author of misrepresentative arguments concerning reparations specificity and what forms reparations should take.

An up-to-date contributor to the disingenuous fallacy pool.

She decided to write an open letter to Rolling Stone Magazine through the post-site Medium.com. We suggest everyone read it. This open letter (published July 15, 2021) was regarding her disappointment with Rolling Stone’s publishing of A. Kirsten Mullin’s and Dr. William A. Darity Jr’s. article “10 Things We Get Wrong About Reparations” (published June 19, 2021). She focuses on three things that she feels are wrong with their article. But we found several things in error with hers.

Let’s take a look.

Opening Section – Third Paragraph

“I was disappointed, then, to see that your magazine ran ’10 Things We Get Wrong About Reparations,’ written by Kirsten Mullen and William Darity Jr. PhD., the co-authors of ‘From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century.’ The book and the authors have gotten much ink and electricity for their so-categorized pro-reparations arguments. But for many of us movement veterans they are beginning to sound more like detractors than allies.”

Before we go into the “meat” of Counselor Taifa’s article – we would like to first focus on an interesting paragraph that is the third one of her opening statement. Here, Counselor Taifa implores an argument from authority when making her juxtaposing statement regarding “veterans in the movement.” Yep. What she intentionally does not mention is that Dr. Darity and A. Kirsten Mullin are no neophytes to this work. She clearly knows this – believe us.

As of this writing, Dr. Darity has published thirteen books that we know of. These writings – along with countless articles, papers, reports, posts, tweets, lectures, and interviews on the subject of reparations. He has been a staunch advocate regarding reparations policy for over thirty years. Dr. Darity has spoken on several occasions at NAARC and N’COBRA events about this very topic (remember?).

A. Kirsten Mullen, in her own right, has been active in social justice and race issues through her work as a folklorist and historian. She was a member of the Freelon Adjaye Bond team that was awarded the commission to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.

As a faculty member with the Community Folklife Documentation Institute, she trained students to research and document North Carolina’s African American musical heritage. A. Kirsten Mullen was a consultant on the North Carolina Museum of History’s “North Carolina Legends” and Civil Rights exhibition projects. Her writing can be found in a plethora of museum catalogs, journals, and commercial media. This includes the article: “Black Culture and History Matter.” Published February 2016 in “The American Prospect” magazine. The article examines the politics and dynamics of funding Black cultural institutions.

A sentence in the last paragraph of her opening statement reads: “Mullen and Darity are gifted with academic pedigrees and intellectual sweat on the issue of reparations.” OK. For the sake of brevity – let us focus on Dr. Darity’s academic pedigrees for now:

  • B.A. – Brown University (1974)
  • Ph.D – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1978)
  • Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award (2002)
  • Fellow – Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (2011)
  • Samuel Z. Westerfield Award – National Economic Association (2012)

The aforementioned academic and professional achievements of Dr. Darity and A. Kirsten Mullen were not “gifted.” What you see are the results of hard study, hard work, and a well-developed intentional expertise on the subject of reparations. No institution “gifted” them anything. At the same time – judging from the obvious lack of research, logic, and general intellectual rigor displayed by Counselor Taifa in the writing of her “open letter” rebuttal – we could seriously speculate that her Juris Doctor was possibly “gifted” in some kind of way. We would suggest that The George Washington University Law School, Howard University, and whatever Bar Association(s) she may be a member of – to take another look.

As far as Darity and Mullen “sounding more like detractors than allies.” Yes, of course. They are allies of Pure Reparations. At the same time – they are detractors (rightly) of the aims and practices of The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis. Understand Family: That is the correct and righteous distinction between Darity and Mullen’s appropriately targeted detraction – and superlative ally-ship.

Onwards to the “meat” of her article:

First Example – First Paragraph

“Mullen and Darity are leading a superfluous crusade bordering on a bullying campaign to ‘Fix HR40,’ the impact of which distracts from hard, decades-long work. They continue to insist that the bill is limited to a study commission; that its substance and structure is weak; and that it fails to establish specific directives to Congress – such as directing the commission to identify ‘Black American descendants of U.S. slavery’ as the eligible recipients; directing the commission to develop plans that set elimination of the racial wealth gap as a core target; and ensuring the prioritization of cash payments. These charges are either misleading or redundant to what the bill already does.”

OK. Now what Counselor Taifa labels a “bullying campaign” to correct HR40 raises her usage of the word “superfluous” to inflammatory on her part. We didn’t know that could be done. But she did it. The citizen-initiated and sustained “Fix HR40” campaign was done without inducement by Darity or Mullen to draw general public awareness to the details of a bill to create a commission to study reparations. HR40 as presently composed misses the mark on what that bill “should” do.

Just because the bill, first introduced in 1989 by the late U.S. Congressman John Conyers, had decades-long work behind it to get it out of committee and put towards a House Floor vote – does not mean that the bill itself is appropriately structured for us, ultimately beneficial to us, or above intelligent scrutiny by the affected people themselves. “Decades-long work” doesn’t mean anything when that work is expended on things that logically and potentially won’t work.

Doesn’t matter if that work is expended Behind or in Front of it.

Legitimate scrutiny and correction is what the “Fix HR40” campaign was set to accomplish. Not to “bully.” We would like to ask Counselor Taifa: “When is it ‘bullying’ to engage in political advocacy regarding an issue that directly and materially affects you?” Aren’t citizens supposed to engage in the political process ESPECIALLY when there is a bill percolating on Capitol Hill that can directly impact one’s future? One’s children’s future? Justice for one’s parents and grandparents? What is she saying? Is she saying that Black citizens should not read bills and question possible errors or aspects of certain bills – errors or aspects that may be ineffective, non-existent, or detrimental? To not be politically engaged?

Is that what she is saying?

We think she should respect and engage The People.

For Example: Every single Native Black American that we have talked to about this issue thinks that clearly identifying “Black American descendants of U.S. slavery” as the only eligible recipients is a good idea. They also think that the elimination of the racial wealth gap as a core target is a good idea. They [the people] definitely think that the prioritization of cash payments is a good idea. Yep. And ninety five percent of those same people are vehemently opposed to Black immigrants or immigrant citizen descendants receiving the benefits of – or shaping any part of a Native Black American reparations program (“How does that happen?” They ask.).

And specificity is not xenophobic or nativist. Specificity is a necessary component in any justice demand. Ask CARICOM (we will get into that later). Ask any decent class-action specialist attorney. Ask ANY licensed attorney. We do not see anything unreasonable or out of place regarding legitimate inputs from those who are directly supposed to benefit from this bill. Those are the affected. Those are the specifically deprived and uniquely rightful citizens.

The other thing: “If The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis is composed of folks that are such ‘experts’ on reparations – why is this issue taking so ‘decades long’ for these so ‘long-standing’ organizations to so accomplish? If ever? What is taking so long?”

First Example – Second Paragraph

“Despite constant correction to the false impressions they continue to sow, the bill is already tasked with no longer merely studying, but also developing proposals for the Congress to consider. Moreover, HR40 does, in fact, address the Black-white wealth gap, even if the article’s authors deny it. As the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America [N’COBRA] has written in its critique of the authors: “…the legislation points out in specificity the wealth gap as a lingering effect of the crimes of enslavement, Jim Crow (apartheid) and post Jim Crow harms. And determines the duty to remedy and reverse the situation (wealth disparity) with appropriate policies, programs, and projects.”

That is what she wrote. So – let’s explore HR40 itself to see if it is actually addressing the Black-White wealth gap. Section 2 – Paragraph 6 reads as follows:

“(6) as a result of the historic and continued discrimination, African Americans continue to suffer debilitating economic, educational, and health hardships including but not limited to having nearly 1,000,000 Black people incarcerated; an unemployment rate more than twice the current White employment rate; and an average of less than 1/16 of the wealth of White families, a disparity which has worsened, not improved over time.”

This (the underlined part) is the only sentence that even alludes to the income and wealth gap between Black and white families. This is cursory at best. A legislative language drive-by. It is noteworthy that this language was added to HR40 AFTER the “Fix HR40” campaign started its political marketing efforts, not before when this bill was reintroduced in 2019. If “bullying” can definitively address the Black-White wealth gap, then; we think we should “bully” more.

Dr. Darity has been on the crusade that a reparations program’s first effective accomplishment is to close the wealth gap between white and Black families. According to an article posted by the Brookings Institute: “The Black-white wealth gap left Black households more vulnerable” – by Emily Moss, Kriston McIntosh, Wendy Edelberg, and Kristen Broady (December 8, 2020):

“In the second quarter of 2020, white households – who account for sixty percent of the U.S. population – held eighty four percent ($94 trillion) of total household wealth in the United States. Comparatively, Black households – who account for thirteen point four percent of the U.S. population – held just four percent ($4.6 trillion) of total household wealth.”

In a bill that is supposed to “study” and “propose” resolutions to this problem, a mere allusion to the wealth gap is not enough. An “address” in this case (Kamm Howard of N’COBRA) must mean more than just saying: “Hello!” We are not convinced that Counselor Taifa has actually read A. Kirsten Mullen and Dr. Darity’s book (at least not seriously), because if she did, she would know that the book makes a quite detailed case for reparations that not only covers slavery but all the inequalities and adverse policies suffered by Foundational Black Americans as a result of Jim Crow and post-Jim Crow harms. And Why are we not convinced?

Because in Part 5 – Chapter 11 of “From Here to Equality,” the authors write:

“The message of the Black Lives Matter movement encapsulates the racialized injuries of the 150 years since the end of legal American slavery. The movement’s message alerts us to the many ways in which Black life has been devalued and unprotected so thoroughly in the United States. The discount rate on Black humanity has been enormous. A variety of metrics indicate that, even after the end of Jim Crow, Black lives are routinely assigned a worth approximately thirty percent that of white lives.”

You Know – of all the major professions (ahem…). Lawyers, as a matter of day to day professional proficiency are required to be the most literate of the literate. It is possible that Counselor Taifa may be suffering from a mild form of dyslexia. And that could be impacting her comprehension. Totally understandable. Or – could she possibly have a severe form of just not reading the book? Which is it?

First Example – Third Paragraph

“In fact, HR40 gives the commission the power to examine all of the institutions of American society and create proposals for repair in not only the wealth gap but also housing, education, and social welfare, including the criminal punishment system. Indeed, fixing a wealth gap alone – with politically juvenile calls to simply “cut the check!” – won’t stop mass incarceration and other forms of discrimination. As any Black professional athlete, popular entertainer, or successful entrepreneur can tell you, middle and upper-class Blacks get physically harassed and shot at by police too.”

Incredible statement conflating several unrelated issues. Ahh – Reparations is about filling and levelling the wealth gap First (she’s supposed to be a “reparations expert”). Establishing Ongoing and continuous repair Second (she’s a “veteran” of the movement). And the assured installation of Specific policies and protections Third (not sure what NAARC “veterans” do). See? No one except Counselor Taifa said anything about “fixing a wealth gap alone.”

Those “politically juvenile” (as she describes) calls to “cut the check” are just a creative construction from the young people in the streets further popularizing the issue of reparations into an encapsulated, quick to convey form. That’s what young Black people do. Can’t stop that Folks. That popularization came about as a result of the work of the previous incarnation of the ADOS movement. Done in less than three years. This “word on the street” establishment and promotion was something that The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis was not able to do in thirty plus years. If that “cut the check” popularization came about as a result of NAARC and N’COBRA activism – Counselor Taifa wouldn’t have a damned thing to say about it.

And this one: “…’cut the check!’ – won’t stop mass incarceration and other forms of discrimination. As any Black professional athlete, popular entertainer, or successful entrepreneur can tell you, middle and upper-class Blacks get physically harassed and shot at by police too.” Huh??? What has that got to do with anything reparational? OK? Did Jewish Holocaust reparations stop anti-Semitism? No? Was it supposed to? Did the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 stop Asian hate? Was it supposed to? Because it didn’t. And it didn’t – because it wasn’t supposed to.

Second Example

“The authors grumble about the salaries and structure of the proposed commission. What they are actually upset about is that the membership of the commission to be formed by HR40 includes six members ‘selected from major civil society and reparations organizations that have historically championed the cause of reparatory justice.’ Not sure why that should be an issue of contention, as it is a positive departure from the norm of not centering perspectives of advocates who are actually doing the work.”

Quote: “The authors grumble about the salaries and structure of the proposed commission.” Yep. Not just the authors Darity and Mullen. But myself, Arthur Ward, my co-author on this post Cynthia McDonald, and anyone with an IQ above that of a rutabaga that took the time to independently read the actual HR40 text itself would have critical things to say as well. There are thousands of us out there. Not hard to find at all. Some are legally trained and some are otherwise educated (but literate) that have came to the same conclusion:

“We know Counselor. We’re all stupid.”

Counselor Taifa’s statement about the authors’ grumblings is amusing. She prefers to feign ignorance as to why there is an issue of contention concerning the salaries of the proposed commission members and “the six seats selected from major civil society and reparations organizations that have historically championed the cause of reparatory justice.” Let us visit why this is a point of dissention:

A. Most commissioners that are selected by Congress are not salaried. They receive compensation for their travel and other expenses incurred while doing the work. The salaries proposed in HR40 for the commissioners and their staffs are GS-18 which are in excess of $200K per year. See the excerpted text of HR40 below:

(a) Staff. – The Commission may, without regard to section 5311(b) of title 5, United States Code, appoint and fix the compensation of such personnel as the Commission considers appropriate.

(b) Applicability Of Certain Civil Service Laws. – The staff of the Commission may be appointed without regard to the provisions of title 5, United States Code, governing appointments in the competitive service, and without regard to the provisions of chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of such title relating to classification and General Schedule pay rates, except that the compensation of any employee of the Commission may not exceed a rate equal to the annual rate of basic pay payable for GS-18 of the General Schedule under section 5332 of title 5, United States Code.

You See? They are making sure to stack that money – aren’t they? Advocacy is expensive. Isn’t it? To the tune of $200K plus – a year! OK? To “study” stuff that has already been studied. OK? And to MAYBE come to a productive conclusion? OK? This is what you pick up when you READ STUFF and tread heavily through the high thickets of Pan African-rendered legislative English. The next time we ourselves need expert help in putting together a self-serving bill – we will definitely enlist the professional services of The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis.

They are just good at this.

B. The original bill did not have an ending date for the Commission. That time containment would not have happened without the “bullying” efforts of the “Fix HR40” campaign. The “commission” could have met in perpetuity without creating or committing to a single reparations proposal. How Long?

C. Watch This: The six seats selected from major civil society and reparations organizations that have historically championed the cause of reparatory justice is literally The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis writing themselves into the bill to make sure their people are selected to be a part of the commission. We understand after all the years put in advocating for reparations why certain folks would want to sit their fat behinds in those seats. To do all the reparational talking. You Know?

But let us look at that – like this: “If a child needs a transplant, and his parent has advocated for an inordinate amount of time to get that operation done for that child – (and that parent is not a transplant specialist) does that parent’s advocacy simultaneously allow them the qualifications to do the surgery itself?”

Just a question.

We don’t believe Counselor Taifa or anyone involved in The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis have the qualifications nor the proper intent. They are potentially involved with negotiating the outcome of a bill THAT WILL materially affect some thirty-six to forty millions of us. In Now And Justice. As the solely affected group – American Freedmen have a fundamental right to not only know everything about this issue – and to have an effective say regarding whom will be speaking for us. We should also have an effective say in what they will be doing as well.

That should be understandable.

D. It is noteworthy that both organizations working closely with one another have reparations proposals that no doubt they will try to force into the official proposals created by the HR40 commission. Some of the proposals they champion on their websites (their true goals) are highly problematic. Such as:

  • The Repatriation Program Part One – “Africans in America who choose to exercise the right to return will be provided with sufficient monetary resources to become productive citizens in their new home and shall be aided in their resettlement by a Black controlled agency funded by the federal government to perform this function.” OK. One thing we’d like to know: “If this aspect of their proposal is accomplished – will or can NAARC and N’COBRA secure working agreements from African governments to make repatriation a seamless process on the other end for Native Black Americans?” That would be nice. African Americans and others from the Diaspora are not recognized as eligible Africans by African governments. No visa or visitation considerations. No nothing.
  • The Repatriation Program Part Two – We only ask because we have noticed that the most vocal Pan-Africans have not repatriated to Africa. Have you seen any? We also do not know of any Pan-Africans that at least hold dual-citizenship. We think? No – we know by sight that Pan-Africans do not want to live in Africa. They still live here. No ownership of a second home. No business ties. Not even a dog. If any are found – let us know. Acquiring citizenship in any African country is a Herculean effort for most members of the Diaspora. It is also not worth it. Native Black Americans that want to live in Africa should go of their own volition and dime. Want Citizenship? Are you kidding? African embassies and consulates will laugh your Black self right out the door. Understand that repatriation is nothing but Pan African babble.
  • Reparations Being Expended to Persons that are not Descendants of American Slavery – From the NAARC website: “NAARC firmly asserts that reparations should not be restricted to people of African descent who can prove their lineage to what is termed ‘American’ enslavement.” AND: “We strongly affirm the right of all people of African descent in the U.S. to receive reparations, irrespective of when they arrived here or their country of origin.” Freely giving the recompense from the struggle of our grandparents and parents to any Black person like Halloween candy. “Just show up!” This would be the first fly-in reparations program. A NAARC and N’COBRA production. WOW. Native Black Americans should gratefully accept their $3.64 reparations check.
  • Reparations Functioning as a Source of attached Grants and Loans for Persons Seeking Affordable Housing – Ahh Family. The word “loan” or any association with a “loan” should NEVER be part of a reparations program. Anything you have to pay back is NOT reparations. As an aside – American Freedmen are even locked out by The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis from running a fake reparations program. Fake! The Chairman of this fraudulent reparations program in Evanston Illinois is Peter Braithwaite – a Jamaican(!?). How?
  • Land Transfers and Management to be controlled by The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis – “Substantial tracts of government/public land in the South and other regions of the country be transferred to the National Reparations Trust Authority with full autonomy in terms equivalent to the sovereignty granted to Native people over reservations awarded to them. These lands are to be utilized for major educational, commercial, industrial, economic/business and health/wellness institutions and enterprises to benefit people of African descent.” Really? A “National Reparations Trust Authority?” OK.

Now who is gonna be running this? The Pan-Africans? This “National Reparations Trust Authority” was mentioned four times in separate sections of NAARC and N’COBRA’s proposals. Who are these “people of African descent?” Anybody Black from anywhere? We thought any reparations dispersals would specifically be for “Native Black Americans.” This so-called “Trust Authority” is intended to operate outside of the Federal Government. Outside of American Freedmen oversight and advisement. We have serious reservations regarding an autonomous authority managing any aspect of Native Black American reparations. If land is given – direct transfers should be made after individual plans are shown, and land-management qualifications are acquired. That is the way to go for those that want land.

We do not need or want Pan-African management of any Native Black American reparations resources. Period.

Third Example – First Paragraph

“Finally, an upfront requirement that the commission focus reparations efforts only on ‘Black American descendants of U.S. slavery,’ a misnomer in and of itself, is not only premature, but defeatist, if not cynical. (Note: the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade was a global event that dispersed enslaved Africans in the American Continent and the Caribbean, and Blacks are demanding reparations not just from America but from the United Kingdom as well.)”

“Whom is the commission supposed to focus reparation efforts on Counselor?”

With this – Counselor Taifa of NAARC is again engaging in fallacious arguments which we’d conjecture that she ought to know better. She is occasionally a lawyer. “Black American Descendants of U.S. Slavery” is no more a misnomer than “Enslaved African Descendants in America.” No More. OK? It is well known that the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was a global event. Yes. But the question is how the institution of slavery was handled in a disaggregated sense here, here, and here at each sovereign termination of the Atlantic transit. Every time. The question is always: “Where did individuals ultimately land?” Those landings were accepted by traders here, here, and here under different, separate – autonomous governments. Separate. Those governments had and have their own constitutions, laws, policies, structures, imposed slave cultures – and abolition timelines.

And those other operations had Nothing to do with the United States.

HR40 is (or should be) a bill regarding only the United States. Now: “Get this Pan-Africans. HR40 is not a bill to address other countries that practiced slavery!!!”

Those other countries should deal with their own issues, deal with their own people, address the correct perpetrators, and pay their own bills. The United States should not be pinned as the world’s default paymaster to compensate for the criminal activities of other countries. Any particular robber is not responsible for all robberies. A justice claim has to equally provide justice for both the victim and the accused. Justice for both the potentially compensating government – and the potentially compensated group. This should be a justice-grounded bill and commission that in finality – exclusively addresses the historic ills of the descendants of United States Chattel Slavery and the exclusively domestic aftermaths that only American Freedmen have suffered. Full Stop.

There ARE NO operating reparations commissions outside of the United States that include even the possibility of Native Black Americans being included in their justice claims. None. They make our exclusion quite clear on their websites – like CARICOM. The Caribbean Commission has fifteen countries organized in the Caribbean archipelago and one continental country in South America (Guyana). And Again – the United States is definitely not one of those countries.

As of this writing – Jamaica’s GOVERNMENT was recently in the news petitioning reparations from the British Government. We took a look at various media platforms reporting this – and Native Black Americans were nowhere in there nowhere. And nowhere else. You See? When NAARC and N’COBRA were asked if they would petition the Jamaican Government for Native Black Americans to be included in this claim, the N’COBRA twitter person replied:

“No. And it is still a stupid question based on brainwashing & programming from a social media hashtag phenomenon. So you are asking if we as citizens of the USA are going to get in on reparations of a sovereign country & government without being citizens nor residents of that country? These questions are mostly emotional without much thought huh?”

Counselor Taifa’s own organizational affiliation is recognizing a claim that is specific to the people that was harmed by a particular sovereign entity – to the particular citizens of said country (ahem). Notice how in other countries that when it comes to matters of potential reparational distributions – their money is never “Pan Africanized.” Even the N’COBRA Twitter person is aware of that. See? And how American-lineaged specificity is conflated with nativism is lost to us.

More on that at the bottom of this post.

Third Example – Second Paragraph

“Using Mullen’s and Darity’s ‘native only’ Black folk schematic route, the genealogy companies would get rich researching an estimated 47 million Black folk, creating a process that combats unreliable record-keeping, name and identity changes due to both self-determination and escaping from Klan violence, which will likely span a decade if not more. And with the infamous one-drop rule still part of American life, there could likely be many white people demanding to be proven Black – particularly if there is a check to be cut linked to traces of melanin.”

Counselor Taifa followed her previous utterance with this statement. So here we have an indirect admission that she has never read “From Here To Equality,” let alone the article she is rebutting – OR she is an incredibly unashamable liar. In the article “Ten Things We Get Wrong About Reparations” the authors state:

“Actually, it is straightforward for claimants for Black reparations to establish eligibility under the following criteria: Eligible recipients should be Black Americans who are descendants of persons enslaved in the US who were denied the promised 40 acres. They also must have self-identified as Black, African American, Afro-American, or Negro for twelve years prior to the enactment of a reparations program or commission, whichever comes first.

A Black forebear who was at least ten years old in 1870 and appears in the Census by name but did not appear in the 1860 records, quite likely was born enslaved. To meet the identity standard, an individual can make public their response to the self-reported race question on the Census.

In From Here To Equality, we recommend a reparations study commission authorize an agency staffed with professional genealogists across the country to assist individuals with establishing their claims at no charge.”

To further illuminate such issues away from Counselor Taifa’s straw man argument. The authors write in “From Here To Equality” Part 6 – Chapter 13:

“We advance two criteria to determine eligibility for a Black reparations program. First, U.S. citizens would need to establish that they had at least one ancestor who was enslaved in the United States after the formation of the republic. Second, they would have to prove that they self-identified as ‘Black,’ ‘Negro,’ or ‘Afro-American’ at least 12 years before the enactments of the reparations program or the establishment of a congressional or presidential commission ‘to study and develop reparations for African Americans’ – whichever comes first. The first criterion, of course, could produce lucrative opportunities for private genealogists, but these investigations also could be facilitated by an arm of the professional (civil service) staff specializing in genealogical research for the agency that administers the reparations program.”

Is that clear enough Family? Now, the Smithsonian notes that before 1965, Black people of foreign birth residing in the United States were nearly invisible. According to the 1960 Census, their percentage of the population was to the right of the decimal point. But after 1965, men and women of African descent entered the United States in ever-increasing numbers. So this straw man argument of unobtainable factors to determine eligibility is groundless and inaccurate.

To personally note the co-author of this post Cynthia McDonald – she was able to trace her lineage back to slavery in less than thirty minutes using the U.S. Census. Also, in “From Here To Equality,” the authors speak of other ways outside of genealogy companies to determine eligibility like the census and also slave schedules which are more accurate than Counselor Taifa states. In many families a careful organization of successive birth and death certificates would be good enough. Without genealogical research! Non-professional! Cheap!

In the case of the other co-author of this post (Arthur Ward) – his great-great grandmother was born in 1864 (one year before the Emancipation Proclamation). In America! She died in 1962 at the age of ninety-eight. Arthur Ward was six years old in 1962. Maybe a death certificate? So – we are not sure of what Counselor Taifa is getting at. Perhaps Counselor Taifa may want to re-examine her statements. Because with little effort, one can see that they don’t hold water.

Third Example – Third Paragraph

“Mullen’s and Darity’s narrow nativism and demand for scientific categorization, backed up by old and probably unreliable U.S. Census data, is a significant step back from the Black united front that Black reparations advocates have been advocating since the days of Queen Mother Audley Moore, the Harlem activist who promoted reparations from the 1930’s until her 1997 death. It can’t be coincidental that at the very moment organized and researched Black reparations efforts for Black communities are happening simultaneously around the Western World, elite scholarship emerges that challenges clear perspectives and promotes economic individualism. HR40 requires complex conversations, but not ones that propagate confusion and disunity.”

Everyone that is astutely aware of the history of Black liberation movements in America is certainly aware of the Honorable Queen Mother Audley Moore. She was most definitely the Pan African’s – Pan African to be sure. She was also a fierce advocate of reparations. This same woman on the one hand was a founder of “The Universal Association Of Ethiopian Women.” And on the separate other hand founded “The Committee For Reparations For Descendants Of U.S. Slaves.”

We understand Queen Mother Moore to be staunchly Pan African. Got that. But why would she specify “descendants of U.S. slaves” in this instance? Was she practicing “narrow nativism” as well? “Xenophobia?” Does “Pan-Africanism” as a retort apply in every instance of contention Native Black Americans may have with their government? We don’t think so. Do you?

The quality – the usefulness of a book cannot be judged by its cover. But most of the time we can understand a book’s particular concentration – its precise topic as indicated by what is written on the cover. Is that not true? Right? If Queen Mother Moore called her other organization precisely: “The Committee For Reparations For Descendants Of U.S. Slaves” – could that be what she meant and intended?

What does the “cover” say?

The main issue with The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis is having and maintaining an African Diasporan sensibility for reparations versus those who may be oriented as ADOS, FBA, Freedmen, et cetera – that are grounded in American specificity. Let us get with the facts. The United States has always practiced specificity grounded reparations in the form of compensative legislation or Civil Suit since 1789.

No reparations legislation or the like has ever been “pan” anything. Reparations has ALWAYS been specific and targeted. That is not nativist or xenophobic. How? That is just the way legitimate reparations programs that are actually reparations programs are structured and deployed. Another useless straw man argument. We don’t understand why Counselor Taifa and her Pan African associates would like to try something new (and stupid) – now that our reparational turn looks to be on the horizon. And they are supposed to be the “experts?”

We love this quote: “… elite scholarship emerges that challenges clear perspectives and promotes economic individualism. HR40 requires complex conversations, but not ones that propagate confusion and disunity.” Oh. OK.

The main thing that The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis has been doing over the past thirty plus years HAS BEEN to intentionally scramble and obfuscate clear and correct perspectives regarding reparations. Consequently promoting confusion and disunity. Kinda like what we see now. The Counselor says that HR40 requires “complex conversations.” “Complex conversations” in what? Chinese? Ahh – NO Sweetheart. Reparations – despite the various required components that must be stated and worked out to make a complete reparations program, is simple, easily reasoned, concrete, and straightforward. Added and unnecessary complexity is not required. And anyone that tells you that “complex conversations” are needed – is trying to get something over on you. Through complex conversations.

Counselor Taifa rounds her rebuttal with an appeal to emotion and personal credulity as she recounts standing at a Washington D.C. press conference listening, “surrounded by a rainbow of interracial faith-based activism.” So Spiritual! We take nothing away from her inspiring experience, but we do have severe oughts with her analysis of Dr. Darity and A. Kirsten Mullen’s article and overall ideology concerning Native Black American reparations. No rainbows needed.

We take umbrage that Counselor Taifa seems to think that average Native Black Americans should not take interest in this issue and demand that it be treated correctly so the maximum benefit to the right people could be garnered. A Repeat: “Reparations for the descendants of American Freedmen is NOT for every member of the African Diaspora NOR every Black United States citizen. Only those who absorbed and inherited the accrued disadvantages of slavery, Jim Crow, and beyond. Counselor Taifa is well aware that is Not or should be all Black people.

What is the good Counselor trying to pull?

While We Are On The Subject Of HR40

At this point – we would like to do a small HR40 focus. There is one thing that we want all thirty six million Native Black Americans to understand. The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis regard HR40 and the reparations issue itself to be their personal property. We are not being facetious. They actually believe this. We want everyone to notice how petulant and aggressively defensive they get when contrary views are expressed or precise questions are asked. Especially Dr. Ron Daniels of NAARC. They have perfected conversational devices like evasion, fake indignation, adding complexities where none are needed, deflection, arguments from authority, and a nearly imperceptible but elegant ability to change the subject. And we have no idea what they are doing behind closed congressional doors.

Questions. We can’t prove it. But we wonder if The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis is an undermining agent for the Democratic Party. (?) Whose purpose is in actuality – to destroy reparations. (Nancy Pelosi?). OR – if reparations are accomplished, is their intent – that those resources will be converted and redirected to purposes, places and people that they should not be intended for and excluding Native Black Americans from their own reparations? This being done through questionable constructions like the NAARC proposed “National Reparations Trust Authority.” Along with newly created consultancies and “expert” organizations. You See?

We can’t definitively say this is true. We do not have direct, demonstrable proof of the inside conversations. No proof of the content of electronic communications or with whom. Or why. Sir Hilary Beckles of CARICOM? What about him? Why is he – a Caribbean, consequential in HERE? In THIS reparational space? No proof of the inner thoughts of The conveners nor the commissioners of these organizations. But we outside observers cannot help what things “look like” to us. Because that’s what they “Look Like.” Mentalities, attitudes, and intentions do have a natural, non-proactive, osmotic, and unconscious tendency to “surface” to a degree.

To be observed and discerned.

That is nature. You know? And – we are open to correction.

Question: “Why bring this up?” We bring this up because the disturbing “Look Like” is embodied in three things we can see. Like:

  • The Current Text of HR40 itself – specifically Section Six.
  • The People Actually Shaping Native Black American Reparations.
  • Open Non-Specificity.

One – The Current HR40 Text – Section Six

Reading and re-reading the current text of HR40 made us focus on Section Six – which covers “Administrative Provisions.” Remember that the main unelected and unsupervised editor of HR40 is Kamm Howard (Male Co-Chair of N’COBRA). Also remember that the actual (not stated) mission of The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis is to not accomplish reparations. But to use the (continuing) reparations issue for the personal enrichment of the commissioners and conveners (a hustle). Section Six is the “money shot” of HR40. Especially subsections (c), (d), and (e) specifically.

Read This:

(c) Experts And Consultants. – The Commission may procure the services of experts and consultants in accordance with the provisions of section 3109(b) of title 5, United States Code, but at rates for individuals not to exceed the daily equivalent of the highest rate payable under section 5332 of such title.

Even though N’COBRA has not accomplished reparations at no time anywhere – even after more than thirty years in operation. They put themselves and their associates out in front of everything and everyone as the “experts” of reparations. This subsection opens the door for individual members of NAARC and N’COBRA to establish consultancies, research concerns, and advising “non-profits” to non-productively “assist” in developing reparations policies and programs. If this commission convenes in the way that the Axis wants it to – expect to see that list of “experts and consultants” to only be slick Caribbeans and grifting Pan Africans.

Just watching!!! – As we write – consultancies are being created like the newly established “FirstRepair” founded by Robin Rue Simmons. For those that don’t know – she is the one along with N’COBRA that did a failed “Local Reparations” effort when she was an alderman in Evanston Illinois (she is now closely associated with NAARC). The Evanston program (as of this writing) is literally falling apart. Evanstonians are seeing this program for the scam that it is. Remember – this program was conceived and structured by “reparations experts.” OK?

“FirstRepair” is supposed to be an organization that is “Advocating For Local Reparations Nationally.” Just another way to exploit the reparations issue gravy-train. Expect to see more of these in the near future.

(d) Administrative Support Services. – The Commission may enter into agreements with the Administrator of General Services for procurement of financial and administrative services necessary for the discharge of the duties of the Commission. Payment for such services shall be made by reimbursement from funds of the Commission in such amounts as may be agreed upon by the Chairman of the Commission and the Administrator.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) produced a cost estimate for: “HR40, Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act” on May 17, 2021. The estimated spending subject to appropriation for the 2021-2026 Fiscal Year came to $20 million. The HR40 bill after mark-up still reads $12 million – but the CBO office’s estimate of $20 million is the real deal. The actual potential expenditure. Statutory pay-as-you-go procedures apply to this potential appropriation. These are excerpts from that cost estimate:

“HR40 would establish a 15-member commission to study the effects of slavery and discriminatory policies on African Americans and recommend appropriate remedies, including reparations. The commission would report its findings and recommendations to the Congress 18 months after its first meeting and terminate 90 days after the support is submitted.

HR40 would authorize the appropriation of $20 million for expenses of the commission, including payroll and support costs for members and support staff. Assuming appropriation of the authorized amount, CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $20 million over the 2021-2026 period.

CBO assumes that the bill will be enacted late in fiscal year 2021. Because of the lag between enactment and appointing members to the commission, CBO does not expect there would be any budgetary effects in 2021.

Finally, HR40 would authorize the commission to accept monetary gifts (which are recorded as reductions in direct spending) that could be subsequently spent without further appropriation action. CBO estimates this provision would have a negligible effect on direct spending because any gifts would likely be spent soon after being received.”

WOW. This subsection (d) – along with the language contained in the cost estimate, opens the door for NAARC and N’COBRA’s African and Caribbean professional allies to collect through retained consultancies, contracts with Pan African run non-profits, and the production of “scholarly” research and reports by “credentialed” or “recognized” individuals. They plan to extract every penny of that appropriation. With no reparations happening as a result. Reparations is not a priority.

(e) Contracts. – The Commission may – (1) procure supplies, services, and property by contract in accordance with applicable laws and regulations and to the extent or in such amounts as are provided in appropriations Acts; and (2) enter into contracts with departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Federal Government, State agencies, and private firms, institutions, and agencies, for the conduct of research or surveys, the preparation of reports, and other activities necessary for the discharge of the duties of the Commission, to the extent or in such amounts as are provided in appropriations Acts.

More of the same as spelled out in subsection (d). Just more egregiously worded and expanded. I would guess this version of “cut the check” is not so juvenile. We just could not muster up the cojones to grift so shamelessly. Kudos to The Axis…

Family – This is Super-Important:

One last but important thing about the current version of HR40. The current version deems the Federal Advisory Committee Act inapplicable. Closed Doors. This means that the commission can do anything and everything it wants without making its deliberations or directions public. No progress reporting to the affected. Everything blocked and locked. Let us call it – “Reparational Opacity.” Our reparations is None of our damned business. Family – for something as important as reparations for the whole thirty six millions of us. This is a problem.

Two And Three – The People Shaping OUR Reparations and Non-Specificity

Family. We are about to be royally hustled if we do not wake up and handle OUR business. One of the things that we want you to notice about other reparations committees, commissions, and programs worldwide is that folks outside of the specific affected communities are not running their stuff. Absolutely Not. Chinese folks ain’t running Japanese folks stuff or vice versa. They both Asians. Right?

So How – in our case, are African and Caribbean immigrant citizens, Green Carders, and visiting non-citizens having more say in how our Native Black American reparations are being shaped and potentially expended than we do?

How?

We need to DIRECTLY address NAARC and N’COBRA regarding this.

Why haven’t we questioned the nature of the so-called collaboration between CARICOM and The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis? We ask – because when you read the aims and study the structures of other reparations commissions – No One allows Native Black Americans to enter or benefit. Only the leaders of NAARC and N’COBRA want to (supposedly) feed the entire African Diaspora using reparations that should rightly go exclusively to Native Black Americans. NAARC and N’COBRA try their best to partition Native Black Americans from any useful information regarding their own reparations. An injustice on top of an injustice.

This is why Counselor Taifa is so irritated at Mullen and Darity. Because they provide proper information. That – in addition to clarifying bad information and correcting misinformation. They fortunately (for us) go against their program.

They don’t want anyone outside of The NAARC/N’COBRA/CARICOM Cabal to question or examine anything they do. Dr. Ron Daniels of NAARC carries himself as the “Absolute Monarch of Reparations.” Don’t forget to kiss the ring.

Another person to look at hard is Sir Hilary Beckles. He is the chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission. He is in the United States quite often. “Collaborating” with NAARC and N’COBRA. We don’t understand what they are “collaborating” on. Seeing that the CARICOM commission’s reparations platform absolutely closes the door to Native Black Americans. Whereas the platform stated by The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis is: “Anybody, everybody that is Black, citizen or non-citizen can get it here as long as you can get here – it’s OK – Just Fly In!”

This Is Crazy!!!

When collaborations happen, there is a coordination, a balancing, a relating, or some kind of duplication going on. That is not what is happening here at all. Just speculation Family: There could be a one-way reparations cash “pipeline” set-up being planned by The NAARC/N’COBRA/CARICOM Cabal going from the United States – to the Caribbean, if reparations are accomplished – that’s what we think. No Proof! OK? Just what we think. We from Chicago. Who knows what Dr. Ron Daniels plans are? Slick people do all kinds of stuff. You Know?

A Pan Caribbean organization collaborating with a Pan African organization. OK? To talk about what? Curiously – Sir Hilary Beckles was present at the HR40 United States House Hearings held on June 19, 2019. (Domestic issue!) Sir Hilary Beckles and his visiting non-citizen associates were intrusively taking up seats that should have went to American Freedmen descendants. You Know?

Hey Everybody!!!

Watch Sir Hilary Beckles!!!

Watch Lionel Jean Baptiste!!!

Watch Kamm Howard!!!

Now what is going on here? Let’s see the platforms:

NAARC – N’COBRA Platform: “We strongly affirm the right of all people of African descent in the U.S. to receive reparations, irrespective of when they arrived here or their country of origin.”

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.”

One platform is reparationally open – the other is reparationally closed. So what is the “collaboration” here? With CARICOM, “Pan Africanism” goes out the window when it comes to the money. Remember, that CARICOM organization is Pan Caribbean – not Pan African. Meaning – never for us. Is this a set up? With Native Black Americans the ones being “got over” on? Family – this is the question that needs to be asked – pressed, to the right people repeatedly and consistently until the right answer is given. Or the wrong answer is extracted. But we have to ask. Don’t forget to press Kamm Howard of N’COBRA on this question as well. If you don’t know him, he’s easy to spot – he uses the word “international” a lot.

Remember Family – no Native Black Americans are on the commissions of CARICOM or any other reparations entities representing the justice claims of other groups anywhere in the world. None. And Family – sharply remember that ALL commissioners and administrators belonging to NAARC have a hand in shaping OUR reparations policy. We repeat: “All of them.” And the individuals listed below in a properly constructed American reparations program – that are now shaping OUR program would not be eligible(!). So why and how are these foreign born – very ineligible people all the way up in our reparations business?

People like these chiselers:

  • 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)

Not Eligible. – Whatever they do in Togo – have you EVER heard of any Native Black American running, shaping, deciding, or influencing anything in Togo? No? But a Togolesian can boat, fly, or swim in and shape OUR reparations?

That is Mind Boggling.

And The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis have a whole lot of folks running around with names like – Mashariki Jywanza, Subabu Shabaka, Jumoke Ifetayo, Kibibi Tyehimba, and Njere Alghanee. Are these people Americans? Because we hear drums. Do these names sound like folks you would seriously trust to shape Native Black American reparations policy? Would you? Where is Laquisha Thompson, Tyrone Washington, and Shaquanna Brown? We want our folks on this. OK?

We would trust “Laquisha” to craft a proper reparations program with more confidence than the insertive foreigners and “Shabaka” types of questionable provenance listed above. There were no people with non-American birthplaces or “Shabaka” type surnames facing Bull Connor’s dogs and fire hoses. Where? Folks with “Jywanza” type surnames were nowhere to be found in the middle of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Nowhere. And still looking.

They were not enslaved Here. They were not Reconstructively reneged Here. They did not absorb Jim Crow Here. Never got Redlined Here. Never denied rightful access to their GI Bill Here. Never got brutalized in a sundown town Here. Never raped by racists Here. Never suffered a community burndown Here. Never lived through a government-abetted massacre Here. Never lynched Here.

Let us clarify that push: This statement was not meant to be xenophobic or to be disparaging towards those that were not born here or lineaged from chattel slavery in the United States. But like others would want for themselves – reparations is regarding a just recompense towards a specific group that was specifically harmed. And the descendants of the specifically harmed would like to take care of their own business (a totally domestic issue) without uninvited or alien inputs. Period…

No matter what “color” they are. No matter where they came from.

And REMEMBER Family – that no serious reparations commissions or programs established worldwide, including CARICOM, have no Black people lineaged from American chattel slavery serving in any managerial, administrative, or consultative capacity in any of these foreign structures. They don’t allow us in their business.

How do we allow them in ours?

Native Black Americans must INSIST on the Removal of Diasporan immigrants from our reparations issue. They don’t belong IN there. That includes removing Sheila Jackson Lee (a child of Caribbean immigrants) as the main sponsor and Congressional shepherd of HR40. We Mean Removed. And Dr. Hilary Beckles, along with his CARICOM associates should be barred from visiting this country.

This is a set-up.

If an HR40 Commission does convene – without our interference, without our participation, without our critical oversight, and without our reparational vision, – you will see several Black immigrants on that panel. Deciding on your FAMILY STUFF(!). In Secret. We are Not kidding. And we are saying this with teeth and claws bared. Listen. They don’t belong there. If we stay complacent – we will be JACKED – In Secret. We’ll be DONE, open-mouthed – watching our inheritance flowing into Africa and the Caribbean through remittances and transfers.

Again – we are not kidding. This is a set-up Family.

Counselor Taifa is a part of that set-up. No number of deflective articles filled with disingenuous criticism will stop us from examining and calling this set-up out. This is our money that The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis is attempting to use to finance some crazy Wakandan fantasy that resides within the psychotic spaces of Dr. Ron Daniels mind. Let him and his associates use their own money for that. Reparations? Not to be purposed for fulfilling Pan African aspirations.

We just want our reparations In Cash – policies – protections – and set-asides with no complications. And no sharing with undeserving interlopers, predators, and parasites directly From – or lineaged From other countries.

Do you Understand?

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Systemic Racism Does Not Exist

I Think It Does Though

I was assisted in writing this post by a bottle of Penfolds RWT Bin 798 Shiraz 2017. A Barossa Shiraz from Australia. $150 a hit. But this shit here is definitely ass-kicking. Blackberries, plums, blueberries, dark cherries. Rich background of oak, vanilla, and chocolate. Balanced tannins. Fine mouthfeel. Sweet finish.

Penfolds RWT Bin 798 Shiraz

“The great enemy of the truth is often not the lie. Deliberate. Contrived. And Dishonest. But the myth. Persistent. Persuasive. And Unrealistic…”

John F. Kennedy

This is one small example.

The whole of a mechanical watch. You know – Rolex, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet, etc. These watches cannot operate without their regulated pulse. A cooperative – coordinated, locked-in, ticking pace, intricately composed of between 130 to 1700 tiny, tiny, parts. Smoothly and synchronously linked. Functioning. This distant aggregation variance – necessarily depending upon the kind of and multi-purposed complexity of the particular watch.

Understand?

Racism-White Supremacy’s parts intricately function as the overt and covert operationality of accrued disadvantage. And that requires the conscious – proactive small and large actions of white individuals. In white-controlled institutions. Circumscribing Policies, Negro-targeted Laws, and opportunistically coded Ordinances enacted and applicated by white-powered governments. And those individual points of micro and macro racist proactivity producing the overall and never-ending storm of racism-white supremacy that we Native Black Americans experience every second of every day. A dark Imprisonment within Emancipation. The small ticking mechanisms of pure disadvantage quietly working together.

Working in the past Then – and the racist arc bends solidly into the present Now.

This is as the letter below gives evidence.

A researcher doing his due diligence in the course of writing a book found this letter at the “Briscoe Center’s Chancellor’s Office Records (University Of Texas)” – Box 85, Folder “Desegregation 09/01/1960 – 08/31/1962.” This Exists. The Louisiana State University (a Black and white taxpayer supported entity) president wrote this letter to the chancellor of The University Of Texas. Take note of the date: 10/27/1961. Past the middle of the Twentieth Century. OK? Not 1861. Not ancient history.

This letter is an example of coldblooded “Official Institutional Racism.” I can understand why millions of good white people Do Not want ANYBODY – not just schoolchildren. NOT paying any real attention to “Critical Race Theory” stuff. Why would white people want their children to be taught how fucked-up they are?

Hell No…

Read This Shit Family:

October 27, 1961

Office Of The President

Dear Harry:

I have your inquiry of October 25th pertaining to integration on the L.S.U. campus.

Though we did not like it, we accepted Negroes as students; therefore, they are permitted to occupy rooms in dormitories and take their meals in University dining halls. We have had a limited number occupy rooms. At no time has a Negro occupied a room with a white student. We keep them in a given area and do not permit indiscriminate occupancy. Thus far we have had no problems.

Our Negro students have made no attempt to attend social functions, participate in athletic contests, go in the swimming pool, etc. If they did, we would, for example, discontinue the operation of the swimming pool.

Since we have not had a Negro request that he be permitted to participate in athletics, we, of course, have not had to make a decision. If one should apply between now and February 1, 1962 (date for my retirement), I think I could find a good excuse why he would not participate. To be specific — L.S.U. does not favor whites and Negroes participating together on athletic teams.

Best Wishes

Nice letter. Right Fam? This hot piece was written by a motherfucker named Troy H. Middleton – President of L.S.U. at the time. I sometimes wonder what goes through the minds of white people that have no particular racial animus when they read material like this. This letter represents a small example of how one cog within the racism-white supremacy machine operates. There it is. Millions of other cogs exactly like it. Everywhere. White. Unrelated. Unacquainted. On Code.

Grinding and shifting in unity – thousands of times per day overall on group-wise deprivation. Grinding to a point anectdotally on individual-wise hurt. Trillions of documented and undocumented white-entitlement-based microaggressions done every hour. Giving Native Black Americans that uber-distressive white-work.

Race? History? Right? Can a correction be made?

This kind of greasy, calculated, callousness normally dispensed by whites towards Black Americans and sometimes others – is just so normal to American normalcy.

Proximity to whiteness equals death. History of the United States.

If “systemic racism” does exist. If It Does Exist? Well – it does exist. Think about this Family. Racism’s unseen disparate elements would certainly plan, connect, and deploy like the example here. Right? The white-codified aim and end always is to control or destroy the lives of non-white human beings. Especially Blacks.

In parallel existence – you got many people out here that don’t want any critical examination or discussion of this. There needs to be a serious challenge regarding American approaches to accomplishing racial justice. With serious examining to seriously eliminate racial injustice. To actually consummate – not just to sell books. Critical Race Theory may be a path to accomplishing that positive end. Now.

Abidingly – racism-white supremacy remains steadfastly On Code.

I do not think this study should occupy space in elementary or junior high schools. Too many of our children don’t even have the basics down. Basics. You know – like reading, writing, and arithmetic. They need to spend a little more time there. There. I do believe this should be an elective in high school and college though. And adult individuals should take up their own study of this – on their own.

Critical Race Theory in its best forms – inform us of the naked racial truth of the history of this country. To some white folks “racism” materially equals an honest, unvarnished telling of history. Certain retellings told correctly might make certain people look bad. Some folks think that CRT might make Black children “hate white people.” OH NO. Can’t have that. But – Critical Race Theory may assist some Black people into a workable understanding as to WHY they may hate white people.

Because some of us do. We just don’t talk about it. Got Children to feed.

I could see CRT actually saving some white people. A “why” understanding may prevent certain Black people from doing racially-motivated retaliatory outbursts like a Colin Ferguson (the 1993 Long Island Rail shooting – look it up). It is possible he could have benefitted from CRT and refrained. Took a breath. You Know?

OR – maybe not. Recollections are a Bitch…

The best means to teach a Black person to hate white people is to just have that person interact with them on a daily basis. That’s it. No classes are needed. “Karens” and white policemen are particularly good at this kind of instruction. Members of the alt-Right can teach Black folks a thing or two. Take a listen. A quiet reading of cold unmanipulated American History. Absorbing That Reality as it is. Then confirming That History with Daily Black experience will do it too. Yep. Black hate towards whites cannot be pedagogically taught or manufactured. Maybe CRT will help us to understand what makes a “Karen” behave the way she does. And our dear white conservatives are tired of racial grievance.

Because they don’t wanna do shit about it.

Thinking through this is better than shots being fired. Talking through this may help some people both white and Black to de-internalize white supremacy. But talking must lead to solution. That solution must be actionable. The action decided on must be decisively completed. Racism-white supremacy itself is THE existential threat to the United States. It consistently ruins our global competitiveness and relations. It keeps us internally divided and limited. We will end-up behind India and China in economics and diplomacy – IF we do not get an in-the-truth handle on this understanding. If Native Black Americans are destroyed – the United States itself will be destroyed. Bet That. The Law of Reaping and Sowing is very real and relentless. White People. The Law does not pick and choose – it just Does.

It could be to some people that preserving this racial caste system and the white lies associated with it are more important than our prosperity and competitiveness. Maybe even more important than our continued existence as a country.

This CRITICAL RACE discussion needs to be truthfully had. But Can We?

What are your thoughts on Critical Race Theory?

A Freedmen Absolute Response to Critics and Chiselers .The Exordium.

Dicitur Exordium

I was assisted in writing this Exordium (or opening) by an elegant black bottle of Chateau Rocher Gardat Montagne-Saint-Emilion 2016. A one-hundred point killer from France. A 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc blend. Tight structure. Silky tannins. Vanilla, oak, cranberry, blackberry. Moderate acidity. Juicy finish.

Montagne-Saint-Émilion

“Deceit for personal gain is one of history’s most recurring crimes. Man’s first step towards change would be thinking, counter-arguing, re-thinking, twisting, straightening, perfecting, then believing every original idea he intends to make public before making it public. There is always an angle from which an absolute truth may appear askew just as there is always a personal emotion, or a personal agenda, which alienates the ultimate good of mankind.”

Criss Jami – Killosophy

Let me explain something to all critical motherfuckers. I am so tired of all the lies, slanders, opprobriums, half-truths, unfounded criticisms, and outright vilification of my Freedmen family. This seven-part response will be my definitive confutatis maledictis regarding critics and delusionists – the ultimate reference point to correct anything fucked-up that any motherfucker may think, print, post, or say. I only care about my family – my tribe which is The United Sons and Daughters of Freedmen.

Yep – we fucked up, but this is my family. I love my family regardless. And these motherfuckers are all I have to work with. SO. There you are.

Understand that I write only truth on my blog. So I personally don’t give a fuck what anyone thinks outside of my enlightened headspace.

If you don’t like what is written here – Fuck You. All of you mouth-running idiots out there need to fairly and completely read this shit and re-process. Whomever the fuck you are. Ahh… Read? Think? You ARE familiar with those concepts? Right? This is not a long book motherfuckers. Re-process what you think you know after you read this in the justice region of your brain if you can. Take these seven posts as you choose. But you will anyway.

Won’t you?

There is so much of the aforementioned abuse towards American Freedmen and their issue that were and are going on out there, that I feel I must step into the fray with the absolute truth. The absolute corrections. This statement is done in seven sections, and assisted with seven bottles of the finest wines to literally set straight the slanderers – and to assist the poor unenlightened that may be and are for sure listening to propagandists, lying motherfuckers, grifters, shifters, underminers, and raggedy-mouthed opprobriates.

This statement (dicitur) is divided in this manner:

  1. Dicitur Exordium – The Exordium
  2. Dicitur Pars Unus – Part I
  3. Dicitur Pars Duo – Part II
  4. Dicitur Pars Tribus – Part III
  5. Dicitur Pars Quattuor – Part IV
  6. Dicitur Pars Quinque – Part V
  7. Dicitur Terminus – The Terminus

What follows is the definitive truth motherfuckers:

Understand People. When I speak of Hashtag ADOS [#ADOS] now – I speak in a legacy – reparations movement sense. Which is why in the texts of these seven posts you will see these clumsy: “pre-schism #ADOS” or “ADOS political project” insertions cited ad nauseum. There was a leadership schism in early 2020 and these seven posts were written pre-schism – then recently modified (07/08/2021) in accordance with present-day movement conditions. That schism was generated (mostly) by personality and structural conflicts between the founders of the Hashtag ADOS and the leaders of local organizations.

With the founders being the antagonists.

Folks – #ADOS is the leadership – ADOS is the people. I continue to rock with “the people” – be they B1, F1, ADOS, FBA, DOAS, DOCS, ADOCS, Freedmen, whatever. I will even rock with certain Pan Africans as long as they are thinking and talking like they got more than three brain cells.

The movement, the precise issue understood properly, its correct articulation, and its justified resolution is what counts.

The major driver of this separation was through unresolved differences as to how a national structure should be organized. The leaders of local organizations wanted an equally spoken Congress – the founders wanted a final word Dictatorship. Bye!!! Many of those local organizations have now disassociated themselves from the founders – they have now reorganized and renamed their local organizations.

I personally decided to attach myself at the national level to the “United Sons and Daughters of Freedmen.” The legacy #ADOS Chicago organization has renamed itself “Freedmen Descendants Of Chicago.” I (as of this writing) continue to serve as Vice President. The unresolved reparations issue remains.

The righteous movement continues.

The pre-schism American Descendants of Slavery was an organic, grassroots political project that came to be in 2016. While some observers of United States politics might say or believe that the American Descendants of Slavery as a movement came out of nowhere, the Reparations political project has in fact been working towards achieving its goals since its emergence in 2016. Reparations in conception is unfathomably embedded in the Native Black American psyche.

Reparations consciousness in potential – continuously ebbs and flows. At times unseen in a kind of “active quiescence” that is just there. At other times – it powerfully awakens – then rises to the surface. Manifesting in particular words and justifiable actions that cannot be disregarded nor overlooked. That is there as well. This “now” is one of those “other” times. But the “there” is always there. Over the last two years, this group of political thinkers and grassroots activists have been attacked as a right-wing front, Russian bots, Democratic plants, eugenicists, and xenophobes bent on reducing the Black population in the United States.

Overreaching Fantasies.

All of this bullshit is slander and intentional misrepresentation.

Freedmen Absolute (previously ADOS ABSOLUTE) at this time is providing a response that I hope to be the final word on repeated attempts to willfully misunderstand, undermine, and without reserve, slander the authentic Black grassroots political movement that is Pure Reparations. I will finely deconstruct the disinformation and misinformation spoken and written about Reparations political efforts over the past two years. The Pure Reparations Movement has been Correct.

In these seven posts, I will address and take apart the numerous accusations made about this political movement. The run-up to the 2020 Presidential election has become an ever-increasing chamber of lies, shade, and confusion about the Pure Reparations political project. The current mainstream media continuum is shrill with defamation of character and false accusations of all involved with The Pure Reparations Movement – be they ADOS, Freedmen, B1, FBA, doesn’t matter.

Of Course.

In these seven posts, I will clarify the necessity for lineage specificity when making a demand of the government of the United States of America, and the assertion of our voice in the political struggle concerning the reparations demand for Native Black Americans. I challenge the argument of rival reparations organizations that longevity by default equates to effectiveness or acumen (cough). This, in tandem with the reality that neither major American political party has been serious in addressing the debt owed to Native Black Americans. The descendants of captured and sold Africans dragged to this nation against their will to toil as chattel, whose bodies and labor were used to build the richest nation in human history.

Much of the argument within these seven posts will serve as a rebuttal of the terrible propaganda hit piece, produced by Jessica Ann Mitchell Aiwuyor titled: “Understanding ADOS: The Movement to Hijack Black Identity and Weaken Black Unity in America.” The reason this “work” was selected as a focus point is that within this document Aiwuyor has clumsily aggregated most of the unprocessed and un-fact-checked anti-Pure Reparations talking points from 2016 until the present. That’s all she did. Also – at the time of her writing, I was a fully-involved member of #ADOS. So her bullshit at the time included me. Stupid-bitchery at its finest. So, as I deconstruct Aiwuyor’s lazily researched and poorly orchestrated cacophony of slander and misinformation, by extension I seek to deal with it all.

She can correct me if I’m wrong.

Give me a call Sweetheart.

My contact information is openly available.

Before we leave this page, there is something I want everyone to be totally clear on: I totally reject the bad-faith gestures, and the status-quo allowances, that other Black people of the “African Diaspora” can claim affinities to the nations where they were born, while Native Black Americans are advised by those same Black motherfuckers to claim nothing. To be nothing. To know nothing. To be relegated. To stick with the condescending Pan-African “flat-Black” talking points and philosophy. To be suggested to by the Diaspora, to remain as a bottom-caste Nigger. You Know – that Diasporan “back-of-the-bus” placement thing. For Them. And to then be piled-onto and slandered by the same folks, those same “brothers and sisters,” with the filthiest lies of being affiliated with white supremacists.

For American descendants of chattel slavery to self-affirm is to be “divisive.” How? Should this stupid bullshit continue? No. These seven posts will address and debunk the intentional truth distortions that are weaponized and deployed towards my folks. The United Sons And Daughters Of Freedmen folks.

All that shit should end here.

Did you digest that? If you have digested and appreciated this opening (well – even if you didn’t appreciate it), please move on to the next section. Part I.

A Freedmen Absolute Response to Critics and Chiselers + Part I

Dicitur Pars Unus

I was assisted in writing this Part One by a grand bottle of Cerretalto Brunello di Montalcino 2013. This shit is $235 dollars a hit Man. Whew! From Tuscany Italy. Powerful structure, concentration, and complexity. An Eastern Edge Brunello with multi-layered tannins. Spice, cherries, blackberries, tobacco, oak. A fitting wine to start the first section of this. Strong fruity nose. Luxurious finish.

Cerretalto Brunello di Montalcino

“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand.

It never did and it never will.”

Frederick Douglass

The Truth about the pre-schism #ADOS Leadership and Their Politics

The founders of the #ADOS political project, commenters Yvette Carnell and Antonio Moore had a long-standing and clear history of engagement with and embodying themselves in – left-wing political ideology. Carnell was the creator and star of the weekly Breaking Brown political show on YouTube. She served as a Congressional aide in Washington D.C., first to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and later to former Congressman Marion Berry (D-AR). Antonio Moore is a graduate of UCLA, and the Loyola Law School. Moore is a practicing Los Angeles-based attorney who hosts a weekly YouTube program, Tonetalks. He was a producer of the Emmy nominated documentary, “Crack In The System”, a documentary detailing the ravages of mass incarceration, the Iran-Contra scandal, and the resulting crack cocaine epidemic that swept across America.

The epidemic and its pathologies continue.

The Year Of The Flood. Throughout 2020, the pre-schism anti-#ADOS defamation against this political project has significantly increased as we (as of this writing) move towards the 2020 Presidential election. Pure Reparationists are looked upon as if declaring a distinct identity is itself a betrayal. This so-called “betrayal” is a mystery to me. Whom have we “betrayed?” And when a “betrayal” happens – there is some kind of benefit that we can sometimes quantify for the “betrayer.”

What might that “benefit” be?

The #ADOS political project is accused by certain Pan Africans of dividing ourselves from other Africans of the Diaspora because we assert that the enslavement that happened IN THE UNITED STATES, the post-enslavement oppression of our ancestors that happened IN THE UNITED STATES was especially unique, and in all ways apart from any other group. And so, this demands an approach to advocacy for redress that is grounded in the specificity of our ancestors particular experience IN THE UNITED STATES. Alone.

The Pure Reparationist movement that works to center empowerment for Native Black American victims of the slave trade IN THE UNITED STATES is being called anti-immigrant, fascist, and nativist. Fine. I must accept the label “nativist” on MY enlightened second thought. Why? Because the word “nativist” means to support certain policies of protecting the interests of native-born or established inhabitants against those of immigrants. OK? I could accept that label intelligently, as a matter of survival. Why? Because some Black Diasporan immigrants, along with the assistance of disingenuous Pan-Africans, are doing just the opposite to American descendants of chattel slavery. We also have too many Black immigrants that enthusiastically side with white supremacy. Do you understand?

At the same time – these accusations lack nuance and are far from the truth. The #ADOS political project was accused of being a propaganda campaign. Deceiving Native Black Americans through the use of selective African American history, then manipulating them with dishonest intent. OK. I am trying my sincere best to get a “dishonest intent” out of trying to put money, set-asides, and protections into the historically and currently deprived pockets of thirty-six million American descendants of chattel slavery type folks. “Dishonest Intent? Where?”

Money. Set-Asides. Protections. Listen.

How do you work that shit? The #ADOS political project was also being accused of being “linked to right-wing media, and white supremacists that have a history of attempting to cause divisions in the Black community.” It seems to me that the Pan-Africans themselves are doing a better job of division-making than any white supremacists could. All you have to do is observe. Complete Bullshit. When white supremacists come on the scene, they have a tendency to cause Black folks to unify as a matter of survival. Not the other way around. The white supremacists are there to kill us. And we know it. You understand? And of course, these are lies, and are examples of attacking the Pure Reparations political project using rumor and manufactured suspicion versus facts and data.

This unintelligent manipulation of rhetorical tools and open nonsense are not substitutes for legitimacy and fact-checking. Subsequent articles, videos, and blogs repeating disproven or unproven lies that cite these unsubstantiated accusations does not make the motherfucking untrue true – motherfuckers. Evidence-free editorializing cannot replace honest research and material fact. Empiricism seems to be an intentional elusiveness with some people. And then we have that bitch-assed NAARC (National African American Reparations Commission) and N’COBRA (National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America) that are attempting to turn a domestic reparations demand into an international one for their own political, cultural, and self-enrichment purposes. Why?

What is their trajectory and conclusion?

There are a million questions.

To be sure – other African Diasporans across the planet certainly have experienced extreme levels and long durations of harm that demand redress. But those arguments must be taken up with the sovereign nations responsible for those offenses, and not piggybacked onto a specific American descendants of chattel slavery claim made in – and specific to a 1776 established America. A claim rightly focused on those Native Black Americans that were systematically slave traded, involuntarily relocated, and finally – constitutionally birthrighted. HERE. Those Black people that possess the ineradicable stamp of a pre-Twentieth Century American enslavement lineage. In Name. In Birth Certificates. In Death Certificates. In a Thousand Billion Atrocious Recollections from 1619 till George Floyd.

If you don’t have that – change the subject.

Do you Understand?

The #ADOS political project and movement was philosophically in solidarity with the efforts of other African Diasporans and organizations in the universal but rightly disaggregated demand for reparations, such as the CARICOM (the Caribbean Reparations Commission) project. However – if CARICOM extracts justice from their former settler colony oppressors, ADOS type people would not receive one fucking dime from their particular claim. The Caribbeans are busy on Their reparations business for Them. Not for the Diaspora. CARICOM itself has made that clear to all American and other possibly thirsty Niggers internationally that think they might want to holla:

“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.”

That is from the CARICOM mission statement. Notice that the motherfucker says: “… the nations and people of the Caribbean Community…” Meaning – not YOU Native Black Americans. OK? “Not You American Niggers. Are We Clear? Want a coconut?” Now, with that specific Diasporan understanding of geographical, historical, lineage-based, and organizational jurisdiction, clearly spelled out by the Diaspora themselves. Imported Black Americans would not, and should not be the recipients of OUR correct, disaggregated, and specific demand. Here In America.

Who And What Is The Pre-Schism ADOS?

There is a problematic twist regarding racism that assumes “all Black people are the same.” However, I assert that no motherfuckers out there actually believe that to be true. Diasporan immigrants certainly don’t believe that to be true (except when they are applying for Native Black American-targeted benefits, scholarships, and other set-asides). Outside of that, every native-born African I know that is honest, will let you know real quick that we ain’t the same. And those that identify as “Pan-African” privately and between each other, don’t believe that to be true either, because those motherfuckers KNOW it isn’t. For me, “Pan-Africanism” is a job for AFRICANS. Accomplish that – then holla. And “flat-Black” is flat Out.

The #ADOS political project and its activists have dealt with criticism for supposedly being “divisive” – for saying that we are different from other groups “of color.” We ARE different, and this “different” reality requires a particularly different and specifically placed remedy.

This is clarity – not divisiveness at work.

As the founders of the #ADOS political project have pointed out, if honest effort is made to locate and analyze the data, that pursuit reveals that American descendants of chattel slavery – a unique Black American ethnic entity, is at the bottom of every fucking socioeconomic indicator regardless of the American city. And that “bottom” clearly does Not include Black Diasporan immigrants. You can find them primarily in upper middle class urban neighborhoods and similarly situated white suburbs. Understand – in the eyes of white folks, they are not “niggers.” And they know they are not “niggers.” And will tell you so.

So, in the midst of these ongoing slanders and absolute lies about the #ADOS political project, the energy that motivated this movement centers around the median wealth of Native Black Americans falling to Zero Dollars by the year 2053.

A policy-guided socioeconomic cratering that has surely been accelerated in the midst of a global pandemic. The effects of climate change advancing for the worse. And massive overall economic and business losses. This reality is amplified to crystal-clearness when understanding that solidarity with other “people of color” ends where our specific redress begins.

What the Pre-Schism #ADOS Political Movement Represented

The #ADOS political project was not just a reparations movement, but it was a clarifier and explainer of the need for reparations explained through the economic lens of historic income inequality and wealth calcification. It must be understood that as white Americans are inheriting and sustaining exponentialized wealth, American descendants of chattel slavery are inheriting the exponentialized poverty of accrued disadvantage and bottom caste existence. There. American done intentionality and American directed specificity.

What the #ADOS political project was doing, through the political education of its co-founders, was to use the inequality and stratification work of economists such as Thomas Piketty, Thomas Shapiro, and Dr. William A. Darity Jr. (the co-founders have since unjustifiably disavowed Dr. Darity) to demonstrate that wealth comes through inheritance and not labor. No amount of “hard work” or “doing for self” will allow for the closing of the racial wealth gap. No amount of “affirmative action” bullshit will close that gap either. That’s for white women anyway.

And “Affirmative Action” is NOT compensatory.

To be clear, the #ADOS political project was not anti-Black business. The pre-schism #ADOS upheld and encouraged Black business and entrepreneurship. Business, trade, and multi-layered economic activity is a deep part of Black culture. However, “do-for-selfism” alone on the macro-scale is not the solution to closing the wealth gap, nor will that erase an historically forced accrued disadvantage, the continued lack of access to capital, and the lack of equal protection under the law. Take a good look people. That is the motherfucking evidence. Take a good look.

Please reference the Tulsa Oklahoma and Rosewood Florida (and other) economic-based pogroms, and the financial gutting of the Freedman’s Saving and Trust Company as concrete, historic examples. Note: As a point supporting the argument regarding accrued disadvantage – please take notice that most economic-based pogroms against Native Black Americans took place in the first half of the Twentieth Century. Real Fucking Close. This is not ancient history.

This data-driven argument disproves the wishful thinking activities of do-for-selfism as the total solution for Black economic liberation (again – this is not an anti-business statement). Using Dr. Darity’s and others’ research, the co-founder’s political and socioeconomic education (at the time) showed that actual Native Black American disadvantage is not the result of any cultural, aspirational, or determinational deficit. Understand?

Therefore, this is not a collective problem that can be fixed through the effort or agency of one person nor any particular enterprising group. That “bottom caste” disadvantage is at every demonstrable economic level. To take an extreme example: look at the lists of international and domestic billionaires. Billionaires. Even at that exalted level, have you noticed that on every single rich list, every billionaire of any African [Black] extraction domestically and internationally is on the bottom?

Why?

What’s Missing?

It ain’t like we ain’t been around.

In the social and mainstream media-spheres, a great deal of disinformation and misinformation has been generated and dispersed about the #ADOS political project. A general pre-schism Adosian response would be: “would not a so-called right-wing movement by default embrace bootstrap conservatism?”

Think People.

Such an ideology was in direct opposition to the #ADOS political project’s determination for transformative policy through reparations philosophy – and that would be the biggest of “big government.” Correct? But allow me to conversely TAKE a conservative position: “would not a so-called right-wing movement by default embrace an operational policy of redress for assets and resources unjustly and unconstitutionally appropriated from any American?” That’s conservatism too.

Right?

A Speed Bump Regarding Mass Incarceration

Ouch. The #ADOS political project showed that mass incarceration is clearly an intentional destabilizing and disruptive social engineering tool to maintain Native Black Americans as a bottom caste. We have mass incarceration, particularly the imprisonment of Black men, to put it bluntly – is a form of racist-white supremacist intentioned social collapse. Erasure. One sentence at a time. One person at a time. Prison. Accused. Circumscribed. Closed.

Reparationist Clarity

The #ADOS political project had provided clarity through carving out our ancestors’ specific oppression as American chattel and descendants thereof and calculated our contribution, summing-up with an astronomically correct number as far as the debt owed. This summation comes not just on us reflecting on our status as formerly enslaved people, but as a people who literally built the richest country to ever exist on this planet. This was done through the legalized theft of labor, theft of intellect, theft of business ideas, theft of creativity, theft of familial well-being, theft of property, theft of inventions, theft of sex, theft of sanity, theft of health, theft of self-development, and theft of bodies.

The continued – to this very day, of plunder, marginalization, repurposing, redirecting, and remodeling of everything Black.

And preaching non-violence will get a nigger assassinated. Be Nice.

Simply put – lineage matters. Through the use of finely-vetted data, The #ADOS political project upended any argument that white poverty(!?) is as problematic as Black poverty. While a class of poor white Americans does exist(!?).

Ahh NO. Please – spare me with that shit.

The definition of a real fuck-up is when you run-up on a motherfucker that is white and poor IN America. White and poor? How in the fuck does that happen?

Sounds like something you have to work at.

He Is white. He Is superior. His word Is respected and final. His visage unlocks all doors. His authority Is absolute and far-reaching. His being Is unimpeachable. His whiteness Is automatically and completely infused with every legal and extralegal protection At Birth on this planet. His entity Is the ultimate recipient and retainer of accrued and unlimited advantage. His fair appearance Is unquestionably the ideal form. The owner And Taker of everything. Everything.

Caucasionality Is – As It Is.

All non-white beings must defer to His wise judgement and infinite knowledge.

Everything In America. Every broadcast. Every lynching. Every advertisement. Every hamburger. Every headache. Every pair of dirty drawers. And every white person In America reminds us of THIS – just by existing. White equals sovereign, unimpeded – power, decision, entrance, knowledge, and control. Understand? So there is absolutely no excuse for white poverty. OR for white individuals that are presently poor to remain that way. Don’t Explain anything else to me about it.

No Fucking Excuse.

But American descendants of chattel slavery as a collective group are economically flat primarily through the enforced force of bottomlessly evil government policy, the inescapable continuousness of the philosophy and implementation of racism-white supremacy, and a generally cooperating white society that generally benefits from this bullshit worldwide. See? The poverty of white Americans and Black Americans is not of the same way – or of the same basis. The two in no fucking way compare. Their respective paths out of poverty will not and cannot be the same.

Total. Separate. Unrelated.

That’s why I never understood how and why white people have blues bands.

We doing Tea or Coffee?

Remember

The #ADOS political project was frequently criticized by some of the more vocal attackers as a group of arrogant neophytes, acting as if we’ve invented reparations advocacy. Are we? Anyone with good sense can know that is not true, nor has that ever been claimed by the pre-schism #ADOS. We could have taken responsibility and be accused of BETTER reparations advocacy. And Better reparations education. We could have definitely done that.

Can We? When it comes to the legitimized question of reparations for the Native Black American. Anything else? There is nothing else to be discussed. Nothing else to be discussed. And miss me with that “Black and Brown” bullshit. The American descendants of chattel slavery are the builders, engineers, and cultural makers of these United States. Right Here. But we the descendants are continuously operating in a hostile environment. That environment is racism-white supremacy.

Had enough? Or are you still good enough to move on to Part II?

A Freedmen Absolute Response to Critics and Chiselers + Part II

Dicitur Pars Duo

I was assisted in writing this Part Two by a bottle of Kallan Vintners Anza Diem Proprietary Red 2017. Very impressive. Fine, complex structure. Raspberries, cherries, black pepper, honeydew melon, wood. Peppery nose. Medium finish.

Anza Diem Proprietary Red

“Arguments cannot be answered by personal abuse; there is no logic in slander, and falsehood, in the long run, defeats itself.”

Robert G. Ingersoll

Misinformation Regarding Pre-Schism #ADOS and “Anti-Black” Accusations

Here we go. At the very beginning of Aiwuyor’s hit-piece, the #ADOS political project was squarely framed as a “fringe movement” that “has emerged to systematically fracture Black communities and directly attack Black unity and/or Pan-Africanism among the United States Black population.” She spent a lot of time with the dictionary for that one. You can tell. And after all that, #ADOS policy positions were then marginalized and misrepresented by her as requiring “slave papers” in order to verify native Black identity and by subsequently doing so leads to a “weakened, further marginalized Black population.” WOW.

The only thing “weakening” shit was her ass.

Pan-Africanist critics possess a particular interest in branding the #ADOS political project as an “anti-African” construction because all sensible reparationists are sober and pragmatic about the reality of the generally lousy relations between Blacks of the African Diaspora versus the romanticized mythologies that Pan-African fetishists choose to believe in and market. They maintain a strong interest in keeping Native Black Americans trapped in those fantasies. The #ADOS political project did not have a secondary mission of creating or repairing relations within the Diaspora. The #ADOS political project existed to address a single domestic issue. That of securing reparations for the American descendants of chattel slavery.

That’s It.

I challenge the assumptions about what “Black solidarity” looks like in 2020. I must make that challenge – because the current “woke” language around what that is supposed to mean complicates the issue. This is a shallow, naive, and entirely one-dimensional understanding of how the political and cultural realities of the world actually work. Where is some multi-dimensional political education here?

Throughout 2020, particularly in the spaces of social media, the #ADOS political project has endured numerous attacks ratcheted up by ongoing misinformation about active reparationists since 2018. The active #ADOS membership had many in the ranks that were combative responders (including myself) and on more occasions than can be counted – American descendants of chattel slavery type folks have shown that we can throw it as well as we can catch it. In the midst of all those discussions (or less), I find it problematic that declarative, polemic opinion has been used to replace fact. And efforts to challenge such arguably slanderous behavior are met with massive preemptive group blocking by said accusers as an even greater frustration.

Indeed, the #ADOS political project was formed for purposes of distinguishing ourselves from Black immigrants, but harsh critics were dishonest about the why.

This is the fact as it is: American descendants of chattel slavery, by every available metric, is backsliding to where we as a group of American citizens were at before groups such as N’COBRA and NAARC were established. Think about that shit. The question should not be why we are doing this – the question is how can we possibly not? How could we not, as we have taken stock of our fucked-up situation, fail to recognize the need to radically overhaul the existing approach to our repair?

Our repair, for a change.

As this Pure Reparations movement continued to be maligned during this (as of October 19, 2020) media wave, it is as if the the last 150 years has not happened. As if the post-emancipation period in America did not constitute decades upon decades upon decades of public policy that essentially set up a pick and roll for white capital to power drive to the basket while leaving Black people laid out on our backs on the court we built.

Not this time.

Another durable problem with those anti-#ADOS political attacks came from energetic pro-#ADOS arguments on social media getting conflated with posts from enthusiastic supporters of Foundational Black Americans (#FBA). And there are some individuals out there that identify as both FBA and ADOS (which is fine). But let me make this clear: The #ADOS political project had no formal alignment with #FBA as founded by Tariq Nasheed (perhaps that could happen with various Freedmen organizations in the future).

While there were periods of political congruence with FBA for a brief time, there were at the time, fundamental, irreconcilable differences of political, structural, and operational opinion that required us to focus on the independent development of the #ADOS political project for all Native Black Americans.

The #ADOS political project had critics (some of them are white) that proffer multiple charges of “harmful anti-Black practices and policies” that must be responded to and debunked. I personally cannot abide lies and arguable slander.

A History of Engagement With Left-Wing Political Ideology

Yvette Carnell has a documented history of affiliation with Senator Bernie Sanders, and Antonio Moore has written for several left-wing publications. As an agenda-driven group as opposed to a party-driven one, the socio-economic issues of our people and the debt owed that we demand must be presented to multiple venues in America, regardless of political affiliation or ideological bent. Antonio Moore’s publishing of articles in Newsmax no more confirms a right-wing affinity than his publishing of articles with the Huffington Post or inequality.org.

The #ADOS political project had been accused of being an operation created by right-wing organizations and white supremacists. Those “accusers” could come up with nothing better than this? The necessity of the #ADOS political project was a response to and a result of historical and contemporary maltreatment and forced failure, which was executed by the white supremacists, the white wealthy, and the land-owning slaveholders. But not organized nor funded by them. How?

There is no evidence of these accusations of this movement being a product of right-wing astroturfing. It is interesting that ABC News did not find any proof, nor did Farah Stockman, a New York Times reporter who covered the inaugural ADOS Conference and penned multiple articles about the movement.

Here are three tweets from the Twitter account of Farah Stockman (@fstockman). Tweeted on November 8, 2019:

  • #10 This has led a lot of people to conclude that the group is a puppet of the right. Citizen investigators have tried to prove that #ADOS is funded by conservatives. So far, I haven’t uncovered or seen any proof of this. No one I spoke with who said they had proof really did.
  • #10 Although Carnell served on the board of Progressives for Immigration Reform, an anti-immigration group, the IRS paperwork lists her salary as zero. The executive director told me she “never received a dime other than reimbursement for expenses” for attending meetings.
  • #11 As much as I love a good conspiracy, I also know Black women are fully capable of making up their minds without funding from white men. Unless I see evidence, I accept Yvette Carnell as a true believer in what she is saying.

And here below is a selection from the article: “Controversial group #ADOS divides Black Americans in fight for economic equality.” By Samara Lynn – abcnews.com. January 19, 2020:

“There are also concerns from some critical of #ADOS that the hashtag is linked to posts spreading disinformation and political division ahead of the presidential election. However, ABC News found no concrete evidence that the #ADOS movement is part of the disinformation campaigns that plagued the 2016 election.”

Anything Else?

The federal expenditures required for a just, comprehensive solution of reparations coupled with a multi-generational, robust Black agenda (generally) does not align with modern American conservative thought, particularly amongst true “small government” proponents. And even if it did – so fucking what? The main thing I would like to see is Black people themselves getting clear with the political clarity of True Freedmen Reparationism. Waking up to the importance of their importance to themselves. Becoming politically operational. And then finally moving strongly on manifesting a Black agenda – for Black people.

Still Here? Move on to Part III.