Cash And Reparations

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This is just my opinion folks. Not Adosian gospel or guidance.

“We feel strongly that direct payments must be a major component… the preponderance of the funds must go to individual recipients. And they must go in such a way that we, in fact, eliminate the racial wealth gap.”

Dr. William A. Darity Jr.

Doesn’t that quote from Dr. Darity feel good?

I have heard a lot of very small, inadequate, and inappropriate numbers, ideas,
proposals, strategies, and programs, and this, and that and all of that, about what
reparations should look like. Let’s get one thing money straight folks. Now. The American Descendants Of Slavery type people are owed at this time, I believe, a non-negotiable $100,000,000,000,000 [100 trillion bucks] in minimum money, set-asides, income tax exemptions, and considerations done over seven generations. If you really think about it – this is a deal. With a seventeen trillion dollar down payment to immediately close the wealth gap. Starting from now.

No politics here.

This post was written prior to the ADOS schism.

Harper’s Magazine – a reputable white folks publication, estimated that the total of
reparations due was about 97 trillion DOLLARS. Based on some 222,505,049 hours of forced slave labor between 1619 and 1865, compounded at 6% interest through 1993. Now that’s just for slavery. Just for slavery.

But, what about the compounded trillions in painful losses accrued from the post-slavery period? What about compensative damages potentially expended for maximum visceral and mental pain, lynching, economic destruction, domestic spoliation, and continuous full-scale suffering? Post-slavery till now?

What about the time and effort and resources and lives lost trying to secure, practice, and enjoy ALL OF the benefits and protection of the rights that the Constitution stated that we already had or were supposed to have as citizens?

Post-slavery till now?

What about the monetary repairs needed, as a result of the special and precise unconstitutional laws and policies that were enacted and enforced against us? In every state, county, and municipality. Post-slavery till now?

Those were all unnecessary costs that were heavily imposed and dearly paid. But aside from that – this Harper’s Magazine calculation shows that white folks in general are well aware of the true history. And them, logically concluding from that awareness – fully cognizant of what this country owes us in substance and justice. That something is owed. Reparations is not deep or complicated. Real Simple.

You took something. You need to return that something. Plus interest. Plus
protection. Plus set-asides. Plus motherfucking plus. Simple. If you hear any opposition to reparations, whether that speaker is white liberal, American Black, avowed racist, Black immigrant, or otherwise. Understand that all – I don’t care:

ALL anti-reparations statements are anti-justice statements.

Cash payments as part of a reparations program is in no-brainer territory. How do you do reparations without it? Do you see all those zeroes? That’s what real
Reparations look like in an overall reparative sense. The carefully researched and respectfully calculated conclusion of twelve to seventeen trillion dollars as an initiating baseline is beautiful. That’s a start. Forty Acres and a fucking Mule was nowhere near enough compensation in 1865 if you think about it. THEN.

For 400 years of 1619 overall slavery on the American continent? For 246 years of 1776 direct legal slavery under and within the United States Of America construct? Forty acres and a mule? Understand Family, that wasn’t enough then or now. Let us do a full, DONE and justified reparations package. Today.

100 Trillion Dollars – Seven Generations.

And part of it has to be – Actual Cash Payments. You know – CUT AND DISTRIBUTED CHECKS. You Know. Money. Right? Money. Distributed quarterly (7 generations overall to the group). Money. Reparations would not feel like reparations without cash being distributed. Money. You know. Money.

Every-Body-Else worldwide that was properly reparated got CASH as all or part of their reparations package. Cash works for the originally abused American Indians and their descendants. Cash worked so well for American Indians, they were able to use cash to build successful gambling casinos. Cash worked for the formerly interned Japanese Americans and their descendants. Cash distributions are still working internationally for Jewish Holocaust survivors, their descendants, and the descendants of those that did not survive.

Cash distributions is the foundation of all reparations.

But some folks say we shouldn’t get cash.

When our great-great-great-grandparents were sold and shipped for international
commerce purposes. And our great-great-grandparents were enslaved and boxed-in for domestic free labor purposes. And our great-grandparents were Jim Crowed and strung-up for existing and breathing. And our grandparents were head-kicked and barbecued for being commercially competitive and academically curious. And our parents were professionally redirected and financially circumscribed to no end – everyfuckingbody else made CASH off that. You know. Money.

Folks sold tickets to lynchings. Hustlers sold sandwiches and drinks at those events. You had slave auctions. Slave brokerages. Slave-breaking specialists. Slave insurance companies. Slave finance companies. Slave logistics. Slave contracting and outsourcing. Slave brothels. State enforced peonage. “Might-as-well-be-slavery” type sharecropping. That shit. “Sharecropping.” Stuff was “cropped” – but never “shared.” Our grandparents were federally fucked.

How ’bout some MONEY?

Let’s do some convict leasing. Slave breeding farms. Slave catching contracts signed with American Indians. Kidnapping agreements, slave trading co-ops, slave shipping partnerships, and raiding contracts signed with the royalty of certain African tribes. Inhuman medical experimentation. Business burn-downs. Farm burn-downs. Town burn-downs. Systemic property devaluation. Racially differentiated purchase restrictions of all kinds. High finance charges and fees that were charged to Blacks only. OK? Blacks, not “People Of Color.”

CASH MOTHERFUCKERS.

How about some redlining? Let’s stick in some land robbery? Predatory land contracts? Everybody cool with slavery and post-slavery invention and intellectual property theft? Or segregated, substandard health care? Or NO health care? Would you like a serving of unacknowledged and uncompensated culture appropriation? Or how ’bout some federal, state, and municipal agency policies – cheating Black people out of rightfully earned and entitled Social Security and GI Bill benefits?

CASH

Let’s do some predatory management contracts for Black entertainers and professional athletes. Let’s add-in a few racial covenants. Black men being drafted into the military to fight for foreigners rights OVER THERE. At the same time, receiving no citizen’s rights OVER HERE. Let’s do that. And let us suffer those niggers 100% taxation for zero percent representation. For zero percent justice under the law. For zero percent protection under the law. For zero percent anything under the law. Let’s do some unequal pay for more than equal work. Codified by the government. Enforced by a free and vicious white society. Enthusiastically practiced by business. And let’s do some slick Machiavellian housing policies at every stinking governmental level. How about that?

Every-Body-Else made money.

But somehow. We. Their progeny, their rightful inheritors, should NOT be entitled to cash? Is that so? Well – that’s what certain Black legislators in Washington are saying. Presidential candidates. Degreed-up Black professors. Intellectually assured Black journalists. Think tank Black conservatives. Certain white and Jewish liberals. All white and Jewish conservatives. NAARC and N’COBRA folks.

Look at Julianne Malveaux (a standing member of NAARC) – she knows best because she has a fucking Ph.D in economics:

“ I don’t care about a personal check being made out to Julianne Malveaux or anybody
else. But how about we fully fund our Historically Black Colleges and Universities…”

Julianne Malveaux

Fully funding HBCU’s will suffice as reparations. That’s what Julianne Malveaux of NAARC thinks. She got that degree. So she knows best. Then you got paid Black clergymen. Anti-Black, anti-reparations, banana boatistas – of all kinds, colors, tribes, and ethnicities saying shit. And that’s the shit they’re saying. And when they do talk in numbers, a lot of them are stuck on a 500 billion dollar tip as reparations.

That “politically feasible” bullshit. You Know…

This is a paternalistic incredibility, and each one of those well-spoken people should use their well-educated paternalism for purposes that are constructive for a change. That’s what I’m saying. We are not their wards, and they are not our guardians. Understand people – there should not be, and cannot properly be Any Exceptions to this cash stuff when it comes to ADOS. That beautiful entitlement. THE MONEY – belongs to and needs to be equally expended to us as well.

Gotta Have It. You Know – green, crisp, lovable, spendable, saveable, holdable, stashed- in-the-bra-able, kissable, trickable, foldable, CASH. No civil rights leader-type “symbolic” stuff. No food stamp-ish “substitutions for” cash. No “programs” paternalistically doling benefits out. And no condescending “Baby Bonds” shit.

HR40? Toilet paper.

CASH

Slavery, Jim Crow, and post-Crow systematics was all about THE MONEY. Reparations HAS to be about the money and ALL of its associated extensions. Cash Baby, that’s what I understand. Now let’s do some real Reparations.

NOW FOR THE RANT

I want to direct a word to the butter-biscuited paternalists that are “worried” about what individual ADOS will do with their reparations checks. Let me make this simple: “None of your fucking business!”

Yes, some ADOS will trick their money off. OK? Guy buys himself 7000 pairs of
Jordans, woman purchases a semi-trailerload of weave for personal use, brothas
making it rain, and rain, and rain at the strip club, the bar, the hoehouse. OK? And that’s their business. OK? They are gonna DO IT. That’s for sure. Every race on this planet have certain members of their various tribes that will trick off money. We ADOS have our share as well. Each family has as least one.

At the same time – we also have a substantial percentage of ADOS that will:

Pay off their mortgages, purchase homes, improve their homes, finance their businesses, start businesses, make investments, pay off long standing debts, improve their credit, get more education, purchase certain medical procedures, donate to certain constructive causes, travel the world, do something different with their lives, etc. Same shit white folks do. You see?

So we do not need “overseers” to make sure that we handle OUR money to their
liking(s). The same folks that will presume to know what to do with our money better than us – would tell any person that attempted to do the same to them to:

“FUCK OFF”

Why is it that many well educated Black persons of note like Julianne Malveaux, that will speak affirmatively on reparations, always say conversely, that they don’t want money, or this is “more than just a check?” When slavery, Jim Crow, and racist systematics was ALL about white folks, American Indians, Arabs, Jews, and Black African elites making money. Making money LITERALLY off our grandparents backs. And none of that made money being inherited to us. What IS THIS??? Have they taken leave of their logic? Do they have any sense of Black group gainfulness? Any sense of justified inheritance?

Do they understand that slavery and post-slavery racist systematics was all about the Money? Do they get that – AT ALL? Why is the question of money always taken off the table by these Christianized – “We Shall Overcome” type folks? And its acceptance said to be “Beneath Us”? And that cutting checks is “Racially Divisive?” And we “Gotta Include Everybody”? And “Social Justice”?

And other anti-cash bullshit. 

The main people, the Foundational Black Americans that are the most recognized, most Black-leaderized, most listened to, most broadcasted, and allegedly most capable in potentially voicing our right to access. Access to OUR money and resources that are embedded within the economic essence of this country – doing this. These Confusing People. Openly, intentionally, making appeasing cases, while racism-white supremacy watches and listens.

To suggestively push away the very money and resources that is legitimately owed to us? Whom are they trying to appease? Amazing.

How do they not see that all others – both foreign and domestically domiciled that have been reparated at any level are getting some motherfucking direct payments? But they never say that others should not get direct payments. Just Us. I personally have never heard them regarding cash payments in the negative when it comes to others. American Indians, Japanese, Jews – Nobody. 

At the same time, the Foundational Black American descendants of today, whose uncompensated grandparents indisputably built this country – should not get the direct payments due that are provided by their right to rightful inheritance? This country sure did get their direct labor. Better fucking believe that.

Why should we be the exception to the best reparations has to offer?

Three Answers To An Unrepentant Pan-Africanist

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This post was written prior to the ADOS schism.

With any movement that is for and by Black people, we always have to deal with the usual Black obstructionists within our own ranks. You know the list:

Anti-Reparations Preachers
Black Conservatives
Jack And Jill Niggers
Boule Niggers
Black Talking Heads on Liberal Media
Black Talking Heads on Conservative Media
Instructed Columnists
Directed Scholars
Unenlightened Athletes
Empty Think Tank-ers
Vacuous Rappers
Steak-lunch-eating Civil Rights Professionals

Chicken-lunch-eating Civil Rights Professionals
Bought and Instructed Politicians
Scared Religious Negroes
Black Apathists
Tap Dancers
Shoe Shiners
Obstructionist Black People Married to White People
Negropeans
Certain Black Immigrants
The Can’t-Be-Done-ers.

And now the “Why-Now-ers?”

The shocker to me though, was the viciously negative reactions of many Pan-
Africanists. Whom I thought were supporters and activists for reparations. Blew my mind Family. You don’t always get what you expect. Right? Specifically, the two that I was very surprised with, by name, Dr. Umar Johnson and Dr. Conrad Worrill. I was also surprised with (the very intelligent) Professor Michael Eric Dyson suggesting that reparations should take the form of guilt-ridden white people opening “Individual Reparations Accounts(!?)” – and paying a little extra to their lawn boy(s) being sufficient as reparations. If Professor Dyson meant that “I.R.A.’s” should be done in lieu of or in addition to Federal reparations, I am not clear on the either/or because he did not expound further. I did look.

The disappointments have been piling up.

Below – I will give three full blown responses to words pointed in my direction from the late ADOS obstructionist and N’COBRA official Dr. Conrad Worrill. Details about Dr. Conrad Worrill can be found on Wikipedia.

ANSWER ONE

Conrad Worrill: The emergence of #ADOS in the Reparations Movement through social media is causing a great deal of confusion for people who sincerely support the demand for reparations. #ADOS has asserted itself into the Reparations Movement in America with no apparent historical context of reference to the on the ground work that has taken place the last thirty or forty years. They are operating in a historical vacuum.

Arthur Ward: “Social Media?” The best way to communicate ideas today. Shows the organizers of #ADOS have a good sense of efficiency. And that is probably why it has caught fire in the way that it has. “Confusion?” I don’t think so. The ordinary Black person on the street may not have the detailed policy analytics or deep historical knowledge that you and your associates may possess. At this time, political education is slightly more important than a deep knowledge of history that does not provide some immediacy of legislative and legal utility.

At the same time, the average Black person has enough overall understanding of the genesis of the issue. The directly and historically experienced pain caused by the issue, and what the probable solution to the issue should be. So Sir, there is no “vacuum”. People are just not willing to wait another thirty to forty years for ground games, policy creation, law establishment, and payouts to happen. Not at this point. And if #ADOS is the final solution, I would say that YOU should be proud of being part of the process and heritage that brings us HERE.

I would suggest that you stop being an obstructionist to the fruition of your own work. And if you want to continue your obstructionism in this sphere, I would like to ask; “Why?”

“#ADOS has asserted itself into the Reparations Movement in America?” What do you mean by that statement? Yes – #ADOS has asserted and moved. But does N’COBRA, Dr. Conrad Worrill, or other reparations movements or organizations established prior to #ADOS somehow own this issue?

Do you or others hold options, copyrights, or patents on this? If you do, please show me the paperwork. Do The Black Panthers own the rights to Black folks defending themselves against the police too? We did not know we needed your permission to petition for what is rightfully ours. We did not know that the Black community had to come to you for your blessing. Glad you let me know Sir.

ANSWER TWO

Conrad Worrill: I despise your reparations advocacy that is anti-African immigrant and anti Pan-African. And for the record, we are not scared at all. We are freedom fighters who disagree with you and the divisive nature of your tactics. Try all you want, but we will continue to challenge the absurdity of your positions as we continue to help press for the Reparations Demand for African people in America.

Arthur Ward: How is any #ADOS advocacy anti African immigrant or anti Pan-African. Really? What is there to “despise?” How is an American domestic issue between specific American entities “anti” anything to third parties that are inappropriately inserting themselves into a contention that has nothing to do with them? Where is the “absurdity?” The only division is #ADOS push back telling others to: “Mind your business.” When others mind their business, there is no division. Believe me.

Pan-Africans seem to have an inability to separate the philosophy and scholarship of Pan-Africanism from an effective legislative and legal strategy to accomplish reparations in America. Pan-Africanism and reparations are two different – two unrelated things. Not seeing that unrelatedness is the problem. That’s the division.

Too much “history” – not enough “operationality.”

We don’t live in Egypt.

So Sir, instead of “challenging the absurdity of my positions.” That energy would be better spent challenging the absurdity of political professionals opposing, deflecting, minimizing, and politicizing my position. Which is the #ADOS position. You See? Better spent making constructive, scholarly, and well thought out legal and legislative suggestions on improving policy. Your challenge statement is interesting though. What is the “real deal” with that Sir?

Now, according to you, my position is “absurd.” And my position IS to “press for the Reparations Demand for Descendants of American Slavery in America.” While you intend on challenging me on that position – YOU will continue to “press for the Reparations Demand for African people in America.” Oh, Okay. I’ll be looking forward to that challenge Sir.

ANSWER THREE

Conrad Worrill: We just disagree. There is nothing in-house about the Transatlantic
Slave Trade and the capturing of African people in the Western Hemisphere. We
[American, Caribbean, and South American slaves] were impacted by the same forces and we [the Diaspora] have now united in our demands for Reparations for African people worldwide.

Arthur Ward: Dr. Worrill, I would have expected a little more from you than just: “We just disagree.” That was a sincere and respectful question [how you would improve the #ADOS conceptualization and approach]. I really do want to understand in detail why you disagree AND what from your perception and understanding we can do to improve what we are doing.

Like I said: “… we are trying.”

You are correct when you say: “There is nothing in-house about the Transatlantic Slave Trade… YES SIR. But, everything that happened to our ancestors was definitely flipped to an in-house situation once we landed Here. Brazil, Haiti, Dominican Republic, France, Spain, etc, had nothing to do with AMERICAN policy on how to deal with slavery or post-emancipation policies. And America had nothing to do internationally with slavery in other countries. Because if America did, why didn’t they intervene in Haiti?

Each country was partitioned from other countries in the way each of them handled slavery. Those other places also had nothing to do with Jim Crow, redlining, American-style lynching, domestic spoliation, the KKK, American white on Native Black American pogroms, White Citizens Councils, American-style segregation, etc. These things were all “in-house.” What would we be “uniting” on?

Do you understand OUR history?

Everybody else had their own ways and issues and handlings and time lines when it came to slavery. They all had different policies and laws in their post-slavery situations. These are all different countries that are better dealt with as an international disaggregation by their own citizens, for their own specific, local benefits and justice claims. Internationally, each solution HAS TO BE different, uniquely focused, and strategically done within and per country. Each government must be dealt with by its own citizens, through their own constitutions and articles, under their own decision, power, and determination. And finally reaping their own results. That would be the most practical, effective, and correct way.

This cannot be a daishiki party.

I also think that what we accomplish in America can serve as a general blueprint for other African Diasporans similarly situated around the world.

HERE’S THE INDEPENDENT FREEDMEN BREAK:

I have came to the conclusion that the Pan-Africans themselves don’t believe that
reparations can happen. This may have lost hope over time about the possibility of
reparations. I do not think that NAARC and N’COBRA are agents. But they do not have to be agents to do the destructive work of agents. Like coming up with and putting into action all kinds of counterproductive ideas, such as “local reparations” and “reparations triage.” They are doing the work. But where that “work” will take us? Ahh… OK. Unbelievable shit coming from supposedly intelligent people. Their hopelessness has partly manifested in “grant grabs” – as in: “We might as well get something.” Just a speculation. Shit don’t look right.

Could this be intentional hustling?

I do not know if it is intentional. It looks like hustling though. I can never understand how, with so much well-educated brain power in the Pan-African community that in their well-educated minds, American reparations is or can be an international issue. That an “international” demand can be taken seriously in the white supremacist and unashamedly nativist United States? Really? They can’t see that? A United States that turns up its behind to international bodies, courts, resolutions, and agreements? Both Democrats and Republicans. All the time?

They don’t know what they’re doing. Or – they may know exactly what they’re doing, and this is some kind of long-game hustle. On us. The Pan-Africans do have a lot of Ph.D’s. They are not dummies. Who knows what kinds of slick shit they are up to? They do have connections to the power structure and prominent people that us Freedmen do not enjoy at this time. We have to change that.

We also have to make all political associations with Pan-African organizations a contagion. They are actually afro-international grift enablers. Thieves.

As long as a justice demand in this country is presented to legislators as based on “international law” or is an “international demand” – our legislators will continue to look at Freedmen reparations as a joke. The Pan-Africans need to pick up a copy of the U.S. Constitution. And never forget, reparations accomplishability is United States Congress-centric, not Executive Branch-centric.

White legislators will never assent to Caribbean and African immigrants receiving American reparations. Or the stupid-assed Pan-African “internationalizing” of this very domestic – in-house issue of American reparations in any way. Those motherfuckers ain’t going for that. I do not get why all the Ph.D’s that are so common in the Pan-African community cannot collectively process and/or accept effective legal and legislative strategy. There is some kind of impenetrable blockage (maybe that’s intentional). A lot of ignorant and retrograde scholarship (maybe that’s intentional too). Confused. No understanding. They don’t care to look up from their books and listen to good sense that is actually good sense.

No American reparations for Caribbeans. Let Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, and The Netherlands pay their own reparations bill. That is not for America to pay.

United States-based Pan-Africans have grossly distracted us with, and mis-directed our cultural mental energy towards Africa. With a kind of delusional “aspirational black ethnocentrism.” Where are YOU African? Take a good look “redbone.”

Where?

There is nothing there for us. Zero. We have never given the full attention to African American history that it deserves because we’ve given too much adulation to Mansa Musa. To Egypt. As if we have not done greatness here. Greatness. Up against the unrelenting viciousness of American racism-white supremacy? Please. American Freedmen have done the greatest of greatness here Man. Pan-Africanism has us pedestalizing and romanticizing the very African kingdoms that sold us to the Europeans. This done, via carefully curated histories told through a distorted Pan-African marketing perspective. Marketing Perspective.

Our history as Africans was permanently switched to a new American beginning – a new identity starting in 1619. After AFRICANS sold us. Not kidnapped. SOLD.

Get that straight.

They let us sail away, disappearing beyond the horizon to eventually land at the shores of a 400-year-long history of Pain. Of Dispossession. OF Shit. American Freedmen have a singular and non-sharable heritage. This is not a Diasporan heritage. It is unique and ours alone. It is not just the fault of Europeans for purchasing us. I will actually place more culpability on the motherfucking Africans for putting us up for sale in the first damned place. The Europeans just queued up at the “For Sale” sign. A particular and unique separation occurred after that first sale. A perdurable break. Gone. Every African should recognize that. As far as I’m concerned, that ineradicable division in history, lineage, culture reset, vision, and thousands of nautical miles remain. And Persist. And Remain.

1619 permanently defines that continental BREAK.

Our legal standing on the American continent began in 1776. “All men are created equal.” Remember that “Declaration” and “Independence” shit? That’s where the white folks fucked up. That statement inadvertently included us. Yeah US. The Niggers. Shouldn’t have put that “equal” shit in there. Should have focused that “equal” by writing down clearly: “All White Men are created equal.” At the time – that’s what motherfuckers meant. At the time – Niggers were not regarded as Men. OK? Still should have clarified that shit Founding Fathers. Less Confusion.

Because the wrong motherfuckers might eventually understand that line literally. And the wrong motherfuckers might do something about it rightfully and constitutionally, upon that written and ratified basis. The American descendants of chattel slavery are the great but isolated exceptionalism within the African Diaspora. “The Ones” within this America. We Are the Foundational First Among Equals in these United States. Our blood, bones, pain, heritage, and uniquely extracted investment lie here in This Motherfucker.

Get it straight Pan-Africans. THIS Motherfucker. 

And we have nowhere else to go – without a need to think on anywhere Else… 

Nigger Hypocrisy And Gay Distractions

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It took me a minute. But I had to say something about this bullshit. OK?

This post was written prior to the ADOS schism.

The motherfuckers have come out of the either, the woodwork, and from under the rocks. This includes dormant so-called reparations organizations like NAARC and N’COBRA, that have been blinded by the sudden light of #ADOS. These same organizations have not produced one dime of reparations or practical execution, despite being in operation for more than thirty years. They have backed a semitrailer full of shit up to the door. And now they are throwing. Aiming for the goddamned wall – trying to see what sticks (nothing yet). Their creativity has unrelentingly revved-up and those motherfuckers are going at it. Man!

“OH Look!!!”:

ADOS has ulterior motives.
ADOS are Russian bots.
ADOS is anti-immigrant.
ADOS does not recognize history.
ADOS is a right wing twist away from previous reparationist tendencies.
ADOS shrinks reparationist politics to fit the cramped horizon of tribalism.
ADOS is a dangerous insertion into the reparations dynamic.
ADOS is not a legitimate thing.

AND – this show stopping grenade:

ADOS is another LGBTQ front movement.

This last one being directed at Ms. Yvette Carnell. Motherfuckers are alarmed and jealous, and just trying everything possible to dismantle – to stop this movement. Those actions include weaponizing the Black community’s religiously tinged and confused relationship with the gays among us. Please. I really don’t give a flying fuck what Ms. Carnell’s sexuality is. Whatever it is. Or who she is or isn’t sleeping with. Or whatever the fuck she ate for breakfast. So fucking what! How is that a subject here? We have those folks that like to manufacture distractions. I mean shit – I mean. Man! Niggers can occasionally be some of the most silly, pea-brained, ignorantly distracted, and willfully stupid sonofabitches on this fucking planet. This is what we’re going to do? This is the wrong occasion. Really? Your ex-spouse is getting married for the seventh time. Can we save that shit for the reception?

You were invited.

The accomplishment of reparations will be the third biggest event in the history of so-called Black Americans: Super-Slavery, Psudo-Freedom, and now This:

Possible Redress?

You know – maybe we are as a people incapable of big-pictureism. Incapable of operationalism. Incapable of doing pure business and politics sans the dumb shit. Incapable of ignoring countless unimportant minors so that we may focus on the important single major. The way we can focus on a single contentious and counter-productive iota – and blow that bitch up into an entire mountain is amazing.

I only wish that we could work together from a more enlightened place. Because I know white folks can and do – all the time. They Think – all the time. They Plan on us – all the time. They don’t let anybody’s (alleged) sexuality get in their way of assessing the value of a person’s skills and goals most of the time. Especially as far as them accomplishing some really important shit regarding power and/or money. Let me say that again Family: “Especially as far as them accomplishing some really important shit regarding power and/or money.” They don’t. And the ones that do mostly find themselves on the losing end. Big Time. Are you hearing me?

You ever heard of Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben? No? Probably not. This dude served as George Washington’s chief of staff in the final years of the Revolutionary War. He was actually one of the fathers of the Continental Army and taught them the essentials of military tactics and disciplines. He strictly trained the troops in advanced techniques of putting down an enemy with or without arms. Dude: Again, “with or WITHOUT arms.” He had left the Prussian army because of staff reductions and later allegations of homosexual conduct. General Washington understood the man’s talents, and took him on as chief of staff. He is credited for turning raggedy non-soldier volunteers into a great army. And, the United States would not have prevailed over the better trained and equipped British Army without his gay ass. But this is white folks being productively operational.

Do you understand?

You Niggers ready to get rid of your i-Phones? No? Why not? You do know that the CEO of Apple is Tim Cook? Right? A fully open gay man? Right? What you look like? Giving money to a white faggot? Why you fuck with his ass Man? For a phone? On the other hand – I don’t see niggers driving Subaru Outbacks. I once rented one. A perfectly good car. But everybody knows that is a “lesbian” car (how can a car be “lesbian”?). And motherfuckers stayed the fuck away. Not Right!

At the same time – I see straight-up straight heterosexual motherfuckers flashing their latest purchased i-Phones all the time. Proud as fuck. Like a new car. They want EVERYBODY to see it. You DO know the phone is gay. THE PHONE IS GAY. Right?  But y’all love that gay-assed phone. Follow me here: And Tim Cook be working that business. Business! How does he keep the “gay” off the phone? Hot!

I don’t see you making light of his sexuality for shit (or did you know?). Never heard of Black folks talking about withholding their money from Apple because of it. Y’all know the late Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple)? His alleged bisexuality was in the air for a minute. That didn’t stop no money from being made from you or nobody else though. But this is white folks being productively operational.

Family – can we learn from this?

Throw out your computers motherfuckers. They GAY!!! Alan Mathison Turing
was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, philosopher, and cryptanalyst. He had a powerful mathematical intellect and imagination. Sheer algebraic creativity. His gay ass was the father of modern theoretical computer science, and artificial intelligence. He created the basic model for general purpose computing. Which is the basic framework of the PC. He was the guy that was able to more efficiently crack a Nazi military code (called “Enigma”) using a Polish built electromechanical computer he effectively modified called the “Bombe.” He also assisted at Bell Labs in the U.S. developing secure speech devices.

Despite these very important accomplishments, he was never fully recognized in his home country during his lifetime. Homosexuality was a crime then in the United Kingdom. But it is not a crime here [in America] now. And whether someone is or is not homosexual has nothing to do with OUR task at hand. He [Turing] would have accomplished more. But he was disastrously sidetracked by unproductive white homopersecution. Had he been left to flourish – England would have been at the forefront of computer innovation and development. Not America. This fact is well known by those that are scholars in the history of computers and computing. Turing died of suicide. Couldn’t take the bullshit.

Do you understand?

But we Black people are hypocritically selective with this shit. I have never seen any Niggers throw shade at – or make light of the open as the clear blue sky gay sexuality of any of the white motherfuckers they love to throw money at. Like:

– Halston
– Yves Saint Laurent
– Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana
– Calvin Klein
– Perry Ellis
– Marc Jacobs
– Jean-Paul Gaultier
– Christian Dior

Why ain’t they names in your mouth?

These guys are rich nigger favorites. You know? Dirty drawers and everything.
Motherfuckers be dropping that cash. You know? And them “stylish” assed niggers be straight-up flossing Dude – all loud and happy. All Motherfucking Night! Super-stepping on the town. Making it rain wearing some loud overpriced bullshit they just bought from these two openly gay white dudes in particular:

Giorgio Armani AND Gianni Versace

And the sexiest colored ladies know they are lacking in the shoewear department unless they can score them some fucking “RED BOTTOMS” by “what’s that dude’s name?” Oh, Christian Louboutin. OK. He gay. No shade? Black women are lined up. And every one of those motherfuckers are making money OUT of your pockets. And ain’t gave back shit. Don’t forget that they’re white. So they may have some conversations out of Black earshot you might not like. White gays don’t like Black gays. And they don’t like you. “Don’t forget to leave the money Nigger.”

Gayness has never mitigated racism. Our grandparents had gay slavemasters. But all the shade and vitriol and homoanimus is reserved for a dear and determined Black woman that is trying her best to put substantial amounts of money, and set-asides, and resources, and protections, IN your pockets. Trying to get this Family.

I know. “But Arthur, the Bible says…” Fuck You.

And let us not forget the great gay sweetheart Alessandro Michele. Isn’t he the fashion director for GUCCI? All those super-masculine rappers and super-paid homonegative Hip Hop maestros be flossing that stupid-looking GUCCI shit all day. And Alessandro Michele is GAY as a motherfucker. Love and kisses???

I don’t see y’all fucking with church choir directors either.

In Chicago, during rush hour, on the trains, on every train car. There are at least eight Black people at a time that has at least one item from Micheal Kors. OK? His shit is everywhere in the Black community. And He’s very – very GAY – with no niggers making light of it. Giving him more money than they give the preacher. And I don’t remember (the gay) Mr. Micheal Kors initiating or even talking about supporting any program to put money in niggers pockets. At All.

But y’all support him. Why? And not her. Why? And y’all ain’t got shit. Why?

OH – I understand this shit now. Ms. Carnell ain’t making nothing for motherfuckers to wear. Is that the problem?

Tell you what. For her – I’m gonna manufacture the new:

“Pot To Piss In Collection” – A Signature Line by Yvette Carnell.

Is that fly enough motherfuckers? She’ll receive all the profits.

Look Family. It is time for us to come off the pettiness, the nitpicking, the bickering, and the general niggerishness we like to do. I don’t know what her sexuality is. Never bothered to do any research on it. Don’t care what it is. You shouldn’t care what it is. Those that do care are idiots. And, seriously regarding this all-important reparations issue – that is not important.

Ms. Carnell is sincerely with and for us. She is my ADOS sister. She is FAMILY. She is operationally and lovingly productive. That is why I (a Boomer) support her. In the few times I have interacted with her – a perfectly lovely person. Yes she is. I ain’t never ever heard her talking about LGBTQ issues in conjunction with #ADOS. Video? Whatever. Never. Where? And motherfucker if YOU have seen some shit, show me the motherfucking video. Don’t SAY shit to me nigger.

Show me the goddamned video.

She has never deviated from the subject. Whomever is asserting this nonsense is full of shit. We need to get serious about and accept the business serious sisters and brothers are trying to accomplish for all of us. And GET THE FUCK ON CODE.

I had to finally say something about this because I have heard too many outside
detractors try to use this nonsense as a wedge. I have heard a very few within ADOS whispering about this non-essential absurdity. This shit needs to stop. 

You know what? Some of us are still playing elementary checkers. While our opponents are playing advanced chess. This is too important an issue for us – the potential beneficiaries of reparations, to not get off the dumb shit. And get hard core about developing our A+ game.

I say A+ game because our opponents are fully on their A game. We need every bit of our energy, intellect, heart, and focus to get this done. We need all ADOS hands – gay, straight, poly-amorous, none-of-your-business, asexual, and whatever new pronouns they come up with ON DECK.

I hear James Baldwin. Do You?

We have to get up to the appropriate speed like real fast. Focused, serious, and operational. Pettiness, and bitchtalk. That, and that “what’s that shit she got on girl?” type ignorance will drag us right to the place where our opponents want us to be. With nothing. Kindergarten is over. We cannot fail on this one Family. Our potential historic disgrace? Failure to accomplish reparations done via our own unnecessary internal divisions. Understand?

Our Mindsets should solidly be focused on ADOS FIRST and nothing else.

Tribalizing the Issue of Reparations

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This is was a Facebook dialogue dated March 18, 2019 from the late Chicago ADOS obstructionist and N’COBRA Pan-Africanist Dr. Conrad Worrill.

This post was written prior to the ADOS schism.

Dr. Conrad Worrill: Regarding reparations. After careful research, I have determined that the #ADOS leadership are exploiting the natural instincts of African people in America to vindicate our capture and enslavement in America. Coming out of the woodwork, they are exploiting an idea that has finally become a popular idea with Black people in America.

Arthur Ward: “Careful research?” And what did you “research”? Where? What sources? Sir – the only basis of determination is that which you have conjured up in your own head. Did you come to this “determination” alone, or did you have help?

You are correct in saying that there is a “natural instinct” residing in the minds of African Americans. And since this “natural instinct” is a part of ALL African Americans, no one could “come out of any woodwork” to exploit anything. There is also no finality here. No “becoming” when it comes to this issue in terms of “popular ideas”. I think most African Americans have a deep residual sense that something has been taken from them – and that something is owed to them.

Reparations is an idea that has been residing in the mind-wiring of African Americans since before 1865. “Exploiting” an idea is not the same as coming out with a better marketing and implementation strategy. This is something that N’COBRA and other Pan-African organizations have so far failed to do.

Dr. Conrad Worrill: The idea of reparations has now become popular because of the unsung heroines and heroes who protractedly advocated for reparations since the end of the Civil War. Now that the idea has become popular among the masses of African people, in this country, they have leaped out with a social media strategy under #ADOS, promoting pure divisive tactics.

Arthur Ward: The idea of reparations has come to the front of the political discourse and is now on the conversational menu of everyday African Americans is because of the intelligent bullet pointing of the issue, and the adept usage of social media platforms.

So Sir – the “unsung heroines and heroes” of the past can advocate for reparations since the end of the Civil War? But that same advocacy is off limits to millenials that live in the here and now? What is this? Advocacy regarding an issue that affects everyone in a particular community is not owned by the foundational activists. No one has ownership.

The techniques to move it forward cannot be limited to a particular “way”. Especially if the “ways” that have previously been used have not so far moved us forward. And no one person or entity within the community does not own any “rights” or lockdowns on how a community-wide issue is articulated or how a solution should be accomplished. What is wrong with a social media strategy? It works (obviously). Are you angry because the moribund and directionless Pan-African movement did not think of it first?

Did they “leap out”? YES. And I’m glad they did.

“Promoting pure divisive tactics?” I would not think making clear who is eligible for American reparations and who is not should be called “divisiveness”. Why would you? A justice claim is not operational unless it is first made clear whom is to receive the justice if accomplished. The “whom” is what makes the claim itself clear. That must be done.

Dr. Conrad Worrill: These tactics are aimed at tribalizing the issue of reparations by advocating anti-African immigrant and anti Pan-African positions.

Arthur Ward: Well Sir. The tribalizing was already there. Africans and Caribbeans don’t fuck with us. When they come to America – they look for their own tribes and white women. And they mostly have nothing but tribal disdain for us. In the case of ADOS, intentional tribalization is proper. There needs to be clarity in the case for American reparartions.

Dr. Conrad Worrill: You [ADOS] are imposing a strategy of divisiveness that seeks to destroy the unity efforts developed since the UN World Conference Against Racism where reparations organizers, activists, and organizations impacted the conference to declare the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Slavery, and Colonialism were Crimes Against Humanity and African people are owed reparations throughout the world.

Arthur Ward:
Huh? How many more “declarations” are y’all gonna do? Nobody in ADOS was thinking about the UN World Conference Against Racism or any declarations made at that conference. We stayed on the domestic side of the line.

 Dr. Conrad Worrill: This declaration occurred in September of 2001 in Durban, South Africa. The insertion of #ADOS tactics is tampering with the broad unity developed in the Reparations Movement since Durban. We must remain steadfast in our opposition to such divisive tactics by #ADOS.

Arthur Ward: “Broad unity” to accomplish what? OK – Y’all keep doing that “steadfast” shit. And see where that takes you…

Are you out of breath after reading this? Dialogue with the most educated, most developed Pan-Africans is like talking to clouds. No matter how much in facts and good logic you present to them. You come to the conclusion that there is something inside these folks that is deeply embedded, intractable, and immovable. Their Pan-African minds are doubly frozen within their inveterate scholarship and a strange, distant African romanticism.

Strange. Distant. Because if you notice – Pan-Africans never seem to MOVE to Africa. They stay their Pan-African asses right here. In the comfort, consistent running water, nonstop internet, and reliable electricity of the United States of America. They don’t keep any second homes there. No dual citizenship there. No investments. No family waiting. Not even a dog. Just something I noticed.

American Passport?  

The only practical thing to do (in America) after a certain point is to stop talking to their hypocrisy, step over their retrograde ideas, leave their kente cloth behind. And keep this vital ADOS reparations enterprise moving forward.

The Problem of Pan-African Distribution

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“History is not everything, but it is a starting point. History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day. It is a compass they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It tell them where they are, but more importantly, what they must be.”

John Henrik Clarke

This post was written prior to the ADOS schism.

This is from the N’COBRA website:

“Within the broadest definition, all Black people of African descent in the United States should receive reparations in the form of changes in or elimination of laws and practices that allow them to be treated differently and less well than White people. For example, ending racial profiling and discrimination in the provision of health care, providing scholarship and community development funds for Black people of African descent, and supporting processes of self-determination will not only benefit [American] descendants of enslaved Africans, but all African descendant peoples in the United States who because of their color are victims of the vestiges of slavery.

This is similar to the Rosewood, Florida reparations package, where some forms of reparations were provided only to persons who descended from those who were injured, died and lost their homes and other forms were made available to all Black people of African descent in Florida.”

1. “… all Black people of African descent in the United States should receive reparations…”

“All Black people.” Profoundly undifferentiated and dumb as fuck. That would include Black people from the continent that just arrived here for the first time a week ago with no Green Card that got discriminated against once in a coffee shop at the airport. Somehow – this person is eligible to receive full reparations from the pool that should be reserved for the 244 year old (starting in 1776) lineage and suffering-based justice claim for American descendants of slavery? For What?

They got here after the smoke cleared Man.

Even if that person is a descendant of one of the still wealthy African slave trading families or if his antecedents were African royalty that sold our ancestors into this holocaust in the first place? There are thousands of descendants of slave traders that live in the United States. Thousands. A check for them too?

Let me ask again: “A check for them too?”

Brilliant.

A question: “Would CARICOM (Caribbean Reparations Commission) be just as magnanimously generous towards the American descendants of slavery as N’COBRA insists that this country should be towards Caribbeans? Let’s say if they secure reparations before we do, and if any ADOS person is presently domiciled in the Caribbean and is now a naturalized citizen there – would they be eligible for CARICOM reparations?”

Well, after reading through CARICOM’s website, the answer to that question is a solid and definite “NO.” I think Sir Hilary Beckles made sure that gate was up and never coming back down.

2. “… providing scholarship and community development funds for Black people of African descent…”

Is CARICOM going to do any reciprocal actions of this nature towards ADOS?

And if not, why not? I wonder – just why is NAARC and N’COBRA so hot to hand over American reparations to Caribbeans? Did Sir Hilary Beckles of CARICOM offer some kind of kickback or deal to these organizations if this is accomplished? Did he? I don’t know. I’m just asking questions. Family, notice that Sir Hilary Beckles is in the United States a lot. Hanging out with NAARC and N’COBRA a lot. With a big-assed smile on his face a lot.

What is going on here? Is this a sand-nigger type remittance scheme? All Native Black Americans should be asking direct and hard questions towards the official leaderships of these organizations. This is YOUR money being talked about here Dude. Family – y’all need to ask the questions. Ask the motherfucking questions. Don’t let them get away with punking us. Hell No. Don’t let them “do” us without an open and justifiably provoked PUBLIC exchange.

Understand that when NAARC and N’COBRA say “people of African descent” – they are not talking about you. They are talking about Caribbeans first, and Africans second. You, ADOS are not included in that private conversation. Your lineage and historic suffering is just a tool for them to get the bag. That’s it.

And Fuck You Niggers…

3. “This is similar to the Rosewood, Florida reparations package, where some forms of reparations were provided only to persons who descended from those who were injured, died and lost their homes and other forms were made available to all Black people of African descent in Florida.

No. Not similar. Really?

With all those Ph.D’s in the Pan-African Community?

All of the people reparated in the Rosewood case were descendants from American slavery in this country. They were injured in different degrees and ways by this country. And so this country made some redress to individuals by varying degrees and ways, in this country. This country did not injure folks that were enslaved or deprived in the Caribbean. Therefore, the United States is not liable for what happened in Haiti, The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, etc. France, England, and Spain carry the reparational liabilities for those countries.

In a justice claim, justice has to be equally dispensed for both the plaintiff AND the defendant. If you are actually interested in justice. It is not justice to demand and extract restitution from an entity for something that entity had no part in doing. A robber is not, and should not be held responsible for all other robberies committed by other robbers. He should be responsible only for the crimes that HE committed – and no one else’s.

4. “… will not only benefit descendants of enslaved Africans, but all African descendant peoples in the United States who because of their color are victims of the vestiges of slavery.”

Why is N’COBRA so generous with our inheritance? At the same time, we don’t see that kind of generosity extended towards us ADOS from the rest of the Diaspora. Not a fucking dime. Not a goddamn cup of coffee. And CARICOM solidly draws a reparational line between US and THEM. Why can’t we, in N’COBRA’s mind and intention do the same? Drawing that motherfucking line niggers. The N’COBRA organization has no intention of demanding any reparational reciprocity from the Diaspora towards us. Nothing. Just as we are waking-up from being the “mules” of the Democratic Party. N’COBRA wants to re-purpose ADOS into a Pan-African stupor. So that we may now become the reparational “mules” for the Diaspora.

What is this?

Can N’COBRA explain this disparity?

What kind of African-sourced weed are those motherfuckers smoking? Folks, there are a lot of Ph.D’s running around in the N’COBRA – NAARC ecosystem. We are supposed to respect that. They’re “elders” and all that shit. OK? But their thinking processes are no better than this? The fuck are they reading? Who are THEY taking direction from? If any? CARICOM? Ancestral spirits?

Queen Mother Moore?

Now – they may not be the blame. I suspect that Pan-Africanism could be a            type of mental illness. Y’all see evidence of something there. It’s chronic. The symptoms seem to grow exponentially worse over time. It’s debilitating. Just look at Dr. Ron Daniels. Don’t laugh. I’m serious.

There is something about Pan-Africanism that automatically triggers a Pavlovian desire to be generous to Africans and Caribbeans with other people’s (ADOS) resources without their permission. Causes them to speak to “ancestral spirits” in the sky that don’t exist. Crazy! Causes them to wear stupid-looking psudo-African clothing. They actually shop for this shit Family. Kufi-wearing is a good indicator you may be dealing with a person afflicted with this condition.

Stay away from kufis Family. They’re dangerous.

Notice how Pan-Africanism is termed something like a disease or condition:          Pan-Africanism – Rhumatism – Hyperthyroidism. You see what I mean? Have mercy Family. They need to be cared for. Just like you had to take grandpa’s driver’s license away after he hit the age of 92 for example. That was because of the serious cognitive conditions setting in that were increasingly impairing his ability over time to drive safely. In the case of Pan-Africanism though, quarantine may be the best prescription. We’ll see.

We must firmly and expeditiously take the helm of reparations away from NAARC and N’COBRA before they crash this whole thing over time. The condition of Pan-Africanism has seriously impaired NAARC and N’COBRA’s ability to properly handle reparations as they should be handled.

And because of that:

They should go into the retirement they so richly deserve…      

 

To Those That Want To Complicate Things

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“Specialists in information technology are the new lawyers. Long ago, lawyers realized that they could make themselves culturally essential if they made the vernacular of contracts too complex for anyone to understand except themselves. They made the language of contracts unreadable on purpose. (Easy example: I can write a book, and my editor can edit a book… but neither one of us can read and understand the contract that allows those things to happen.) IT workers became similarly unstoppable the moment they realized virtually every machine powering the modern world is too complicated for the average person to fix or calibrate.

And they know this.

This is what makes an IT guy different from you. He might make less money, he might have less social prestige, and people might look at him in the cafeteria like he’s a nitpick—but he can act however he wants. He can be nice, but only if he feels like it. He can ignore the company dress code. He can lie for no reason whatsoever (because how would anyone understand what he’s lying about). He can smoke weed at lunch, because he’ll still understand your iMac better than you. It doesn’t matter how he behaves: The IT department dominates technology, and technology dominates the rest of us. And this state of being creates a new kind of personality. It creates someone like Kim Dotcom, a man who’s essentially an IT guy for the entire planet.”

Chuck Klosterman

Look motherfuckers. When you pay someone a debt, it is none of your business what they do with their money. If they wanna do rims, bitches, blunts, boats, or cold shit. It’s theirs. Reparations is their inheritance, their ownership – their money. Stay out of people’s pockets. These ain’t children you’re highlighting.

The fuck is your problem?

This [reparations] is an internal issue between Native Black Americans and the United States government. Not an issue with white individuals and their wallets. Not an issue with “people of color” nor any kind of “minorities”, nor any other community that may want to insert themselves into our community space, to shape, regulate, or stop this conversation. No off-track Pan-African infusions are welcome (take note NAARC and N’COBRA) to cloud or divert this argument – a solid, appropriate, and unambiguous American citizen to American government justice demand. Clean and Direct. It’s not complicated.

No international (Pan-African) coalitions are needed. No obfuscating international policy or World Court court decision complications are necessary. No United Nations resolutions needed. Keep the Durban conference in Durban. Those things carry no weight with the United States government. A waste of time.

International or domestic reparations dispersals to persons that are not American descendants of chattel slavery should not and cannot be legally or legislatively permissible. Reparations has nothing to do with improving or worsening race relations. Fuck race relations. I’m not even trying. Why? I didn’t cause the problem. It’s not my problem to fix. I do race when I have to appropriately, individually, and anecdotally. I am not an admin to the system. This is business.

So don’t bring that race shit into the room.

This is a clean and straightforward debt claim motherfuckers. All apparent and potential “what-about-isms” should be discussed on other planets – not here.

To punctuate a point – this American debt payment should only be finalized and dispersed to the descendants of American chattel slavery. Otherwise known as niggers, coloreds, negroes, coons, Blacks, African Americans. You know? The Freedmen? All motherfuckers including the kufi-hatted knuckleheads at NAARC and N’COBRA know that we singularly mean Native Black Americans descended from slavery in this mother called the United States of fucking America. No Africans or African immigrants. No Caribbeans or Caribbean immigrants.

No fu-fu or plantains on the side.

Full Stop.

What the fuck is wrong with you?

No “global” anything needs to be discussed or set up. The American chattel slavery and accrued disadvantage systemics done was not done to the “globe” – it was just us Native Black Americans and our grandparents. No Caribbeans. No “people of color”. And what was done, like lynching for example – was done to us right here, in this motherfucker. Yes – in THIS motherfucker. Right Here. OK? WE are the only ones in this bitch that received, AND handed out that Smoke. Understand? The Native Black American Family can stand together on our own as THE only correct plaintiffs. The direct descendants of the foundational Black Americans of THESE motherfucking United States. Everyone else should shut-up and back the fuck off.

This demand and resolution belong solely to American descendants of chattel slavery. Our demand is not an “international” question or issue or decision.

I want the “kufi-licious” grifter organizations known as NAARC and N’COBRA to understand this. They are not going to play with this justice claim to satisfy their own ends (whatever they may be). We are not going to allow them to sweetly deliver our reparations to the Caribbean and Africa. And we are not going to allow our reparations being used to finance some Pan-African socialist fantasy that Dr. Ron Daniels has dreamed of and spoken about. Dr. Ron Daniels is our enemy.

The enemy needs to be watched and checked.

We don’t want or need NAARC and N’COBRA to run any kind of pre or post-reparations organizations or commissions (like “FirstRepair”) to decide who will get what, skim money at the same time, and help their Caribbean buddies through contracts. We ain’t interested in no Pan-African “collective” bullshit. That’s a game. We are not gonna be your suckers. We won’t accept the word of overeducated and overscholarized Pan-African professors and theoreticians that don’t know what the fuck they are talking about. There is no Diasporan unity. Where?

Stop the bullshit.

Anytime the NAARC website can boldly publish crap like this for the public to see:

“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.”

AND

“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.”

Something needs to happen. Something. There are lot of problems packed into those statements. First – these are disrespectful and impermissibly paternalistic pronouncements against Native Black Americans. Those arrogant, Pan African motherfuckers have just DECIDED that the entire Diaspora can party on our grandparents enslavement, suffering, death, and potential justice claim deriving from the in-house American crucible of racism by just bringing their black asses to these United States? Let that sink in. Where was that “right” affirmed? The World Court? Durban South Africa? Where did that “WE” get the juice to redirect the debt owed to American descendants of chattel slavery alone without our permission?

WHERE?????????

I can see those motherfuckers setting up booths in the international terminals of major airports. That way – the second a Diasporan immigrant gets off the plane, he or she can just queue up. Sign-in. Get their first reparations check cut right there. The convenience! Don’t even have to know English! Leave a plantain as a tip.

Motherfuckers.

Second – NAARC believes that their word regarding reparations is gospel. The only revelation and the last command. We all know that NAARC and N’COBRA are big on “declarations” and “resolutions”. They use the word “international” a lot. They’re just into that. But that statement is Insistive. Dictatorial. Final. “WE STRONGLY AFFIRM.” Now – Dr. Ron Daniels of NAARC is obviously beyond question. He has a Doctorate. You Know? He has crowned himself The Absolute Sovereign of Reparations. There are a lot more irritating issues we could go into.

Like the pimpin’ construction called “The National Reparations Trust Authority.”

White Folks ask: “One-Hundred Trillion Dollars?” Yep…

Don’t ask me where the money will come from. I don’t know. I’m a Nigger.

Where shit comes from is not my concern. That’s the job of the motherfucking United States government to figure out. They got people for that. If you wanna ask shit – Ask where over 4000 lynchings came from. Ask where redlining came from. Ask where being locked out of Social Security came from. Ask where the ghetto came from. Ask where unjustifiably being denied military benefits came from. Ask where 400 years of enslavement came from. Ask where 100 years of Jim Crow came from. Ask where black-targeted police brutality came from. Ask where Emmett Till came from. Ask where Trayvon Martin came from. Ask where George Floyd came from. Ask if somebody found 40 acres somewhere. Ask if somebody found that fucking mule anywhere. Ask why a bunch of motherfuckers must die before white people CONSIDER pointing their supremacy-calcified minds in the direction of accomplishing just a low-down fraction towards doing The Right Thing.

Ask that. And see if you get any answers.

If you do – get back to me.

And y’all religious motherfuckers. This issue has nothing to do with religion or “spirituality”. No “moral” questions need to be raised or discussed. No “libations” to the “ancestors” need to be poured. No prayers. No pastor needs to say shit about nothing. Not even an “Amen.” This is unfinished BUSINESS. All Business. You Know? Just like paying a past-due electric bill has nothing to do with Jesus.

No Bible or prayers are needed to pay. Just pay the fucking bill. It’s Business.

Anyone still confused?

Anyone still complicated or confused after reading this can e-mail me at arthurward777@gmail.com, for further reparational therapy. Those that are mildly afflicted – just reread the post. You’ll be okay. Believe me. 

Reparations and Pan-Africanism

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This is from a Facebook post dated March 9, 2019 from the late Chicago ADOS obstructionist and Pan-Africanist Dr. Conrad Worrill.

This post was written before the ADOS schism. 

Dr. Conrad Worrill: Reparations & Pan-Africanism. Our great historian and departed ancestor, Dr. John Henrik Clarke described in his classic book, “Notes for an African World Revolution”, that: “The idea of uniting all African people had its greatest development early in the 20th Century.” In this context, reparations for African people will never die. Dr. Clarke wrote that: “In 1900, the Trinidian lawyer, H. Sylvester Williams called together the first Pan-African Conference in London.” This meeting attracted attention and put the word ‘Pan-African’ in the dictionaries for the first time. According to Dr. Clarke there were only thirty delegates that came mainly from England, the Caribbean, and the United States. Dr. W.E.B. DuBois led the small delegation from the United States.

Arthur Ward: I duly respect Dr. John Henrik Clarke and I just happen to possess all of his books. The idea of uniting all Africans was a great idea and a wonderful sentiment. But as we can observe, even if we limit our observations to Africa alone, Pan-Africanism is just not happening. It does not look like it will happen in the near future. And at this time, Diasporans need to effectively address current and historic concerns in more strategic and localized fashions. Especially if ANY Diasporans are to effect practical and tangible outcomes to the philosophical and stated historical bases that have been laid down by our esteemed scholars and historians of the past.

Until ADOS, this reparations issue was always limited to Pan-African enthusiasts and HR40. That’s it. There will be no more “small delegations” regarding this issue. Why? Because it has been bullet-pointed and properly marketed to the man in the street. And when the man in the street in appreciable numbers take notice, then the politicians take notice. And that is what you are seeing now. The typical Black person cannot relate to daishikis or conferences in Durban Sir. And Black people today are hurting too damned much to have time for kumbaya with Africans that don’t even like us.

Dr. Conrad Worrill: When we use the term Pan-Africanism we must be very clear. Pan-Africanism is the belief that people of African ancestry, throughout the world, have the same racial and cultural characteristics and the same social and economic conditions as a result of our African origin.

Arthur Ward: The belief in Pan-Africanism is well and good. The problem is that “Pan-Africanism” is philosophical, not proactive and strategic. That’s a problem. And when you try to insert Pan-African beliefs and sentimentalism into ADOS’s strategic and proactive legislative and legal actions, that’s a problem. ADOS, in no way, minimizes or denigrates the philosophy of Pan-Africanism.

Where is that line coming from?

ADOS is dealing with a local issue – a local grievance that must be resolved through the local [United States] laws, constitutions, politics, and policies. Reparations internationally cannot be effected internationally as a singular complainant entity. It just will not work that way. The philosophy, spirit, ancestral unities, and tactics may be shared internationally – but the executions (on the ground) must be differentially aggregated, specific, local, and focused. Again, results effected by focused legal, political, and legislative strategies.

I do not understand why you do not get this.

Dr. Conrad Worrill: This Pan-African spirit flourished in the development of the Garvey Movement when millions of African people joined the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and African Communities League (ACL). The idea of Pan-Africanism is deeply rooted in the Reparations Movement. This was evidenced when Pan-Africanism was the foundation of unity by the African delegates, from around the world, at the World Conference against Racism – held in Durban, South Africa in August of 2001.

Arthur Ward: Having a “foundational unity” has nothing to do with appropriate strategies and action. The Garvey Movement – OK – OK – OK. Are the Pan-Africanists just frozen in time? Or what? Is it so hard for you to get “unrooted” and possibly plant new trees that may possibly have a higher yield? I am just a little younger than you. Y’all making Baby Boomers look bad. Pan-Africanists are just moribund. I am glad I never became a formal member of your group. Until Africa and the rest of the Diaspora embraces Pan-Africanism – I would say that everybody else is just wasting their time.

Conrad Worrill: This Pan-African unity led to the Conference declaring that the Transatlantic Slave Trade was a crime against humanity and African people are owed reparations throughout the world. Although 911 set the Reparations Movement back, our organizing work has not stopped as witnessed by its current public discussions. Hopefully, this current phase of the Reparations Movement in America will be guided by history.

Arthur Ward: Every Diasporan was in sync with the idea of that declaration long, long before August 2001 Sir. Your organizing work has nothing to do with the current discussions (and actions). “Guided by history?” We know the history. Got it. This current phase of the Reparations Movement in America is now guided by “Get It Done.”

It is a damned shame how we have to fight harder with kufi-headed Black folks more so than the liberal white folks (who definitely don’t want to see reparations accomplished) regarding the mechanics and direction of how reparations should be accomplished. Reparations is not a Pan-African issue. Only a real dummy would think that it is. And if you do think that it is – show me how it is. I’ll wait. 

The kufi-heads don’t seem to understand that if Pan-African ideas are constantly injected into an in-house, American legal/legislative case – you will fail every time. The white legislators on Capitol Hill that have the votes to sign-off on reparations would never go for it. Never Ever. Maybe this is why reparations have not moved forward in the 35 plus years that NAARC and N’COBRA have been at the forefront of this issue. We have to stay in-house with this one. The late Dr. Worrill was obviously confused.

After reading this exchange – I hope you can see what I see. 

Statement Regarding Local Versus National Reparations

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“Justice requires not only the ceasing and desisting of injustice but also requires either punishment or reparation for injuries and damages inflicted for prior wrongdoing. The essence of justice is the redistribution of gains earned through the perpetration of injustice. If restitution is not made and reparations not instituted to compensate for prior injustices, those injustices are in fact rewarded.

And the benefits such rewards conferred on the perpetrators of injustice will continue to ‘draw interest,’ to be reinvested, and to be passed on to their children, who will use their inherited advantages to continue to exploit the children of the victims of the injustices of their ancestors. Consequently, injustice and inequality will be maintained across the generations as will their deleterious social, economic, and political outcomes.”

Dr. Amos Wilson

This statement is my opinion regarding recent developments in the quest for reparations. And why the descendants of American Freedmen, as the directly affected group should be opposed to these new developments.

Equity Is Not Reparations

Bringing local equity and economic inclusion for tax paying Black American communities in terms of a fair share of contracts, school funding, city jobs and other necessities is admirable and legislatively correct. But those actions are not reparations and should not be labelled as such. Ever. Those actions are supposed to be designated as equity services that should be performed in the normal course of executing local and state government for all citizens.

Reparations are a separate and different issue. Reparations is named as such to address a unique injury done to a specific segment of citizens. Reparations for slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, and other subsequent injuries are crimes that should necessarily and effectively be federally addressed, and not mixed in with equity issues. Any indemnity for those injustices should be sought federally, not locally.

Federal Versus Local

The federal government should be the only intermediary between the people and any reparational compensation. Properly done, reparations should not and cannot be a state or municipal prerogative. We should be careful in not conflating local equity rights that are for everyone domiciled within a state, county, or municipality with reparations claims that should specifically be reserved for the American Black descendants of American chattel slavery, and specifically demanded at the federal level – no matter where those descendants are presently domiciled.

Both are important but are different. One is pulling the knife of immediate local neglect out of the back of any community so situated. The other is to heal nationally – a long-suffering chronic wound carried by the lineage of a specific Black American group. Reparations are the latter. Does everyone get that?

This is not to say that states and municipalities should not have an assistive role in reparations conversations and actions. They should. But when it comes to local and state participation – that participation should only be from the standpoint of accumulating and providing data regarding locally based companies and other entities, negatively impactive ordinances, and discriminating laws that are now and/or were previously on the books that were enforced and sustained.

Also, states and municipalities should be accumulating and providing information regarding religious organizations, educational entities, unions, associations, and other still existing – long-established institutions that directly participated in, and/or indirectly profited from slavery and post-slavery deprivative actions.

And that data should be provided to the federal entity(s) and organization(s) that are directly involved with researching, evaluating, and negotiating towards enacting and implementing a national reparations Act or Law. Why? Because only this federally-constructed American government has the singular power of equal policy establishment, uniform eligibility assurance, non-resistible extraction, and ubiquity of distribution on a national basis. The federal government is, and should only be, the one intersection responsible for organizing and distributing any and all reparational resources from corporate, institutional, city, county, and state entities. That responsibility being done through a resurrected, finely updated, and better organized “Freedmen’s Bureau” (as a Federal Agency) that mirrors and expands the functions of – let’s say a Federal Agency like the “Bureau Of Indian Affairs.”

There should not be a patchwork of different municipalities doing different things, in different places, with different eligibilities and different outcomes. With some people otherwise eligible for national reparations being excluded, and some people otherwise ineligible for national reparations being included. This is explicitly improper. And all of this confuses and will possibly mitigate the federal demand.

This practice is reparationally dangerous. The latest (as of this writing) “local reparations” attempt is the resolution: “Supporting Community Reparations for Black Asheville” (July 14, 2020). Specifically Asheville, North Carolina. This is classic NAARC (National African American Reparations Commission) and N’COBRA (National Coalition Of Blacks for Reparations in America) “local reparations” nonsense. Understand – all “local reparations” schemes are “false flag” operations. And I absolutely mean this “false flag” claim.

When you read the actual resolution – it starts off with accurately describing the historic injuries to Black people. Then it goes into an apology. Then it calls on folks to create policy and recommendations. Then a “study.” Then it calls on the creation of a commission. More “study.” Then it calls on a report to be created. OK. Then the more specific term “Black” devolves into the less specific – gray area term “minority.” Then an instruction is in there for a bi-annual update to the city council. Then it goes into the blackness of space with no conclusion or deadlines.

A total nothingburger with fries.

OH – and no money.

Reparations should be a clean, uniform, fair, and straightforward federal process. The word “reparations” in this instance should only apply to federal-level redress. Nothing else. Any collected data should never be used as a basis to enact mislabeled legislation that would result in local and state equity resources being expended under the label of “reparations.” Reparations is a FEDERAL issue, responsibility, action, and remedy. A total somethingburger with money.

Data Collection Examples:

LOCAL – The Chicago Slavery Era Disclosure Ordinance (2-92-585) 2002. This made it mandatory for all businesses with city contracts, not just insurance companies, to research and report any slave trade history with documentation to be filed with the city’s Department of Purchasing. Extensive data has been collected and archived.

STATE – The California Slavery Era Insurance Registry (SB2199) 2000. This Act requires insurers doing business with the State of California to disclose their records on slave policies. Data has been collected and archived.

The Use of Data and HR40 Modifications

All of the above-mentioned entities are gathering and archiving data that can properly be used at the federal level. This is something they should continue to do. The scope of data that those entities are collecting can always (and should) be expanded by legislative decree. American Freedmen experts in various disciplines can be consulted as to what specific data should be collected and researched. American Freedmen can also be consulted as to whom should do it – a reliable suggestion could be the research departments at various universities.

If we are sincere about reparations, let us do this properly.

The other thing that municipal, county, and state legislatures can do to help the federal process along is to pass resolutions and legislation to support and adhere to the Dr. William A. Darity Jr. edits to House Bill HR40. Those edits should include his 6 [six] reparations principles and 3 [three] goals, outlined in his testimony to the HR40 hearing held on June 19, 2019. If those edits are not added, I would suggest a trashing of HR40 and a restart from scratch with Dr. Darity at the head of the restart. An HR40 2.0? Let’s do that. Because it must be done.

Reparations Is Not Geographically or Chronologically Limited

Another aspect of reparations that is necessarily disconnected from “equity” issues is that without exception, applicable eligibility for reparations travels with the eligible parties generationally. That eligibility is possessed perpetually, and not limited geographically. Eligibility has no distinction between constituent or non-constituent, citizen or non-citizen. Are there provisions in these local initiatives that will repair or compensate those that lived in those areas previously but now live in other areas? Including foreign countries? This is not addressed (and won’t be).

Would those individuals be perpetually eligible to apply for “local reparations?”

If it can be proven that a resident was governmentally injured that once lived in a certain local area in let’s say the year 1877, would that deceased individual’s descendants that now live in other locations be eligible to apply for compensation? Or, are the “local reparations” scope of reparations “coverage” limited only to living individuals that are domiciled “right there, right now?” If that is so, then “local reparations” cannot be called “reparations” at all. Understand?

Actual justice claims have nothing to do with the current address of a directly injured or descended plaintiff. In a “Pure Reparations” situation, it would not matter if a descended plaintiff is “standing in the shoes” of a relative that was governmentally injured in the late 1800’s, and that descended plaintiff is now living, let’s say, in France as a naturalized citizen. That expatriated person would still be eligible for reparations if they can prove LINEAGE from American slavery. Provisions could also be made for descendants presently living in Canada and Mexico whose antecedents escaped slavery via the Underground Railroad. As long as they can prove LINEAGE from American slavery. Actually – not hard to do.

That’s it.

As an important aside – the CARICOM (“Caribbean Reparations Commission”) reparations policy does not have perpetual portability and “standing in the shoes” provisions for THEIR Caribbean expatriates descended from slavery that are presently domiciled in the United States and other parts of the world – nor does the CARICOM “10 Point Plan” allow for cash payments to eligible recipients. Nothing. Unfortunately, this is not how reparations is supposed to work. A Pure Reparations program should not be circumscribed by location, nor limited to living individuals. No “local reparations” initiatives that we know of have appropriate portability provisions or reasonable geographical extensions.

So what are they doing in Evanston? Really. What are they doing?

Can States, Counties, and Municipalities Have A Role?

Yes, states, counties, and municipalities can and should have a role in compensative justice. But in a different and more appropriate way. Those localities would have to do real and operational history with a practical and fully compensative end.

In addition to incidental and systemic data gathered that will be provided to the federal government – they [local governments] could establish serious commissions and proactively investigate locally-based specific incidents that were committed, witnessed, verified, and documented within their respective borders.

Incidents – such as this very short list of examples:

  • The Tulsa Race Riot – Oklahoma (1921)
  • The Rosewood Massacre – Florida (1923)
  • The Ocoee Massacre – Florida (1920)
  • The Wilmington Insurrection – North Carolina (1898)
  • The Detroit Race Riot – Michigan (1863)
  • The Atlanta Race Riot – Georgia (1906)
  • The Springfield Race Riot – Illinois (1908)
  • The Birmingham Riot – Alabama (1963)
  • The Colfax Massacre – Louisiana (1873)
  • Red Summer – 19 States (1919)

And those commissions should (this time) produce monetary compensation, set asides, and other special considerations to those directly injured victims or to their “standing in the shoes” American Freedmen descendants. These compensations should be regarded as locally based “settlements” addressing locally based historic incidents. With fair compensation directed to specific individuals and/or their Freedmen descendants. If disaggregated specificity is too complex or if detailed historic information is unavailable – a group case approach may be necessary.

An example of proper state level commissioning and compensation in this realm is North Carolina, which, in 2013, became the first state to pay reparations to specific descendants of American Freedmen victims of forced sterilization, soft genocide, and eugenics programs through a ten-million-dollar agreement. States, counties, and municipalities should do this. And more. But they should not have called these state-adjudicated and expended settlements “reparations.”

A strict discipline of language is necessary. These local and state level settlements that are sometimes mislabeled “reparations” are not intended to close any “racial wealth gaps” – no matter how substantial or extensive those settlements may be. Any Native Black American recipients of such settlements will and should be fully eligible for federal reparations, with no contentions, modifications, or mitigations.

Special Equity Initiatives And The “Separate File”

If states, counties, and municipalities are sincere about materially atoning for historical local injustices towards Native Black Americans, they may start by not labeling any special initiatives or proffered policies for them as “reparations.” If I may suggest the term: “Special Equity Initiative(s)” or “SEI(s)”. I believe that would be an improved labeling of such actions. These SEI’s if structured properly, would be immovably specific in practice, precisely worded in particulars, documentation, and law, and their provisions and benefits should never be expanded, modified, or overlapped to include other groups in perpetuity. If you’re sincere. Are you?

SEI’s would be, and would remain in a “Separate File” so to speak.

Terms that should never be used in crafting these initiatives would include: Black, African-Americans, Minorities, and People Of Color. And the newest inclusivity to nothingness term that should not be used is: “BIPOC” or “Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color.” Don’t use those terms. Nothing but lazy Caucasianese. Terms like: American Descendants Of Slavery, Native Black Americans, Descendants Of American Chattel Slavery, Descendants Of American Freedmen, and Foundational Black Americans, should be used. All those would be descriptionally satisfactory.

That kind of specificity would be needed and acceptable in these actions. That kind of “separate file” specificity would also make it clear what kind of Black person (native or immigrant) would be eligible for SEI benefits. Real important. These are potential benefits that should only go to Black people that have a lineage rooted in slavery and the deprivative historic injustices as practiced in the United States. Not as practiced in Africa. Not as practiced in the Caribbean. Do you understand?

Do You Want That?

Certain legislators will use “local reparations” labeling to hide their legislative and advocacy shortfalls in accomplishing “equity” (which is what they were elected to do) for their constituents. Smokescreening their incompetence. This is unfortunate, for both short and long-term reasons. “Local reparations” can also be used as a self-serving “grant grab” for certain long-standing reparations advocacy organizations (specifically NAARC and N’COBRA) to provide an “advisory role” to those same legislators crafting these counterfeit and ultimately counter-productive initiatives.

Those organizations only provide dead-end guidance based on self-serving research to sincere seekers. They have been doing this “advisory role” stuff for years and have not accomplished one dime of reparations. The reason why they have not accomplished anything is partly a result of conflation in the minds of the public. With that same public being taken in by “Pan-African” visuals. You know – pseudo-African clothing, quasi-religious rituals, communications sprinkled with choice words from various African languages, pouring libations, flying-in African scholars to talk dumb-stuff at their events, drum beating, and other nonsense.

I call it “daishiki-stagecraft.”

They present a veneer of “knowing” – with many officials in those organizations holding and flaunting Master’s Degrees, Juris Doctors, and Ph.D’s. So that the Black public does not feel inclined to question, challenge, or investigate. Because “they know” what they are doing. They don’t. They use the word “international” a lot. But what they present is all deceptive political marketing. Done with the historic reparations figures of Queen Mother Audley Moore and Callie House cynically being used as props in their mis-informational presentations. This being done in total disrespect of, and divergence from, what these figures actually advocated. People – understand that long-term advocacy for reparations cannot rightly be equivalenced to an expert ability to formulate a proper reparations program.

Never. Don’t fall for it.

Those organizations have had a major influence in shaping HR40 into the version that we have now. Understand. It is because of the lack of legal, econometric, and legislative expertise within those organizations that further edits, and further edits, and further edits, are needed to make HR40 reasonably operational (“Operational” meaning HR40 once passed – being beneficial in substance and tangibles for the descendants of American Freedmen). Unfortunately – despite recent modifications, positive operationality of HR40 has not occurred as of yet.

Their lack of expertise also shows in the fact that the Evanston “reparations” eligibility standard is partly attached to one’s credit rating or ability to acquire a loan. Thus – making the true beneficiaries of that program the banks that originally redlined our folks in the first place. Right? Actual reparations should enable you to monetarily separate yourself from your original abuser. In this case – the redlining white banks. This program substantially and mercilessly puts you and yours right back in the hands of the enemy. True reparations have nothing to do with credit, mortgages, or home purchases as a component, pre-existing property ownership requirements, any intent to improve property, nor any relationship with a bank. Anything that is associated with anything you have to pay back is not reparations.

Period.

These organizations are dangerous to an actual Native Black American reparations claim. Because right now, they have the long-standing proximity, familiarity, and influence in the United States Congress and local governments that the descendants of American Freedmen do not have at this time. And the politicians they do deal with – like Congresspeople Sheila Jackson-Lee, Jerrold Nadler, and Steve Cohen are there to make sure that reparations does not happen. Especially Nadler and Cohen (their function is to do NAACP style “nigger management”). Or if it does happen – Jackson-Lee is there to make sure that it is finessed into a “Flat Black” benefit – with Caribbeans and Africans getting the lion’s share. This provisioned through the NAARC created “National Reparations Trust Authority.” This we must change.

We must make and cultivate those political connections.

But even with that. Understand that those same organizations have no real understanding of how a reparations program should be legislatively or legally structured, articulated or accomplished. That is obvious. Or – if they do understand (a strong criminal possibility), then we can only look at HR40 as a bold grifter set-up. With NAARC and N’COBRA using the reparations issue overall and HR40 specifically as a means to cynically accomplish a substantial bag for themselves at our deep and historic descendant of slavery expense. Leaving the grossly injustified thirty-six to forty millions of us behind and wondering what happened. Throw in some ancestor worship, some libation pouring, and they will prove to be an embarrassment by political association in the long run. Do you want that?

The People Shall Not Be Hustled

Understand, property tax reductions are not reparations; filling potholes in low-income areas is not reparations; shifting certain tax revenues to melinated Black but undifferentiated people that live in certain impoverished areas is not reparations. These are things that should be done as matters of equity, the normal course of doing city and state business. But they are not reparations. Many legislators are legally and/or politically trained. They should know and do better. Our presently seated (as of this writing) Black Caucus representatives at local, state, and federal levels everywhere are quite busy with DACA, Asian, and Latinx issues.

They may not have the time.

Caribbeans – N’COBRA – and Evanston

If one dime of local resources under the label of “reparations” goes into the pockets of anyone that is not descended from American chattel slavery – understand, that is not reparations. Reparations for what? Can we explain theft? Evanston Illinois is potentially putting “Local Reparations” resources into the undifferentiated pockets of Caribbean and African immigrants that are domiciled in that city. That’s Theft.

The Alderman that sponsored this counterfeit initiative, Robin Rue Simmons confirmed this at an interview done at a Chicago based radio show (WVON 1690) on January 5, 2020. While sitting on the same show with Kamm Howard, a leader (as of this writing) of the Pan-African organization known as N’COBRA that assisted her in crafting this very, very bad initiative.

Afterwards – this was published in the January 11, 2020 online edition of the “Evanston RoundTable” newspaper:

“Alderman Rue Simmons opened the discussion saying that when people think of reparations they often think of reparations for slavery, and think of HR40, a U.S. House of Representatives resolution to form a commission to study reparations for Black people in the United States.

‘In our case, we have a local reparations here in Evanston,’ Alderman Rue Simmons said. In Evanston, she said, her goal and that of many of her colleagues is to focus on ‘the impact of redlining and how that impacted our community.’

She said she had heard from some people that Caribbeans should not get reparations.  ‘That’s not where we’re at here, in my opinion. In my opinion, we have to agree on this as a Council. This is a local reparations that is based on damages that were specifically done in Evanston. This is not to compete with or replace HR40. This is specific to Evanston, and we have a rich and extensive Caribbean community here in Evanston, and I have no intention of trying to exclude that community.

‘We have to define that as a community. This is not a slavery reparations. There is much overlap because our discrimination is rooted in slavery because of the color of our skin. It dictates some of the discrimination that we have received, and it dictates the redlining and those damages for reparations in Evanston.

That’s something we need to discuss more …”

And in the June 16, 2020 edition of the same publication. This was published:

“She [Alderman Rue Simmons] added she has heard talk about excluding Black people who have a Caribbean heritage from reparations in Evanston. She said, ‘Those families have had the same negative impact that African Americans have had. There’s no intention of excluding any Black person from our programming based specifically on where their ancestry has come from. We all have come from the continent of Africa. We all have ancestors that were kidnapped and enslaved… We’re not going to be differentiating between Black people in Evanston.’

Alderman Braithwaite (who happens to be of Jamaican lineage) agreed that Black people will not be differentiated based on heritage. ‘We are all one.”

There it is folks. Alderman Rue Simmons and her dismissive statements.

In true Caribbean style: “It don’t matter what you people think – I’m TAKING this!” And without a machete! That’s a Bad Sister. Could any Native Black American go to any Caribbean country and hustle resources from THEM in this manner? I don’t think so. I wonder if she asked Sir Hilary Beckles whom is the vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies and chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Committee when he visited Evanston: “Would there be any kind of reciprocity coming from CARICOM for Native Black Americans since we are covering Caribbean expatriates with American reparations resources here?”

No? – OK…

Because of the lack of specificity in eligibility in Evanston, even a glimmer of something called “reparations” will FIRST be going into the households of otherwise ineligible citizens that are not American descendants of slavery. Yes – Caribbean and African immigrants “reparated” ahead of Native Black Americans, under the undifferentiating umbrella designation(s) “Black” and/or “African-American.” This is NAARC and N’COBRA certified grifter stuff folks.

The Caribbeans have no respect for Native Black Americans or their separate and distinct history. Should I rethink my position on Black immigration? I think I should. I’m not liking the way our Diasporan “Brothers and Sisters” are trying to screw over us. It is baffling and disappointing to observe the kind of cold disregard and cynical contempt that The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis practice towards Native American Black people as well. Those organizations don’t seem to understand that there is a connection between correct responsibility and proper outcomes.

The Caribbeans in Evanston are dishonestly basing their eligibility for reparations on their ability to blend into a rich and unique Native Black American history that they were not here to make, receive, suffer through, or change. Period. They are able to commit reparational theft under the undifferentially deceptive racial cover of “Black” and “African American” identity ahead of us. A conversion of history.

This false marketing is being done in the same way that American descendants of slavery are always placed last in line to receive rightful benefits whenever those benefits are flagrantly mis-distributed to others under the “minority” or “people of color” or “disadvantaged community” or “inner city” categories – same thing. With that, Alderman Rue Simmons can dictatorially say to us Native Black Americans in so many confident and magnanimous words: “We all came from Africa – we all this – we all that – we all here – and to hell with you Niggers.” And of course – the “Niggers” she is referring to are the descendants of American Freedmen.

OK…

NAARC and N’COBRA have “collectivised” us without our permission.

Just so you may be clear: Under “Minority” – the hierarchy goes:

  1. White Women
  2. LGBTQ
  3. Native Americans
  4. Latinx’s (citizens and illegal non-citizens)
  5. DACA
  6. Black Immigrants (new arrivals and citizen-generationals)
  7. Native Black Americans. Last.

Under “Black” and “African American” – the hierarchy goes:

  1. Caribbean Immigrants (and citizen-generationals)
  2. African Immigrants (and citizen-generationals)
  3. Native Black Americans. Last again.

Native Black Americans should always insist that their political affairs be dealt with and contained within a “separate file.” Just like Holocaust victims and their descendants, and Native Americans are. Everybody stays on subject. No more “Black AND Brown” conjuntioning of our issues. A “Separate File” understanding operationally stops any confusion or “gray areas” when it comes to our Pure Reparations. That way, nobody can be in the room but us. No Caribbeans. No Africans. No Pan-African hustlers of ambiguous provenance playing games.

Caribbeans should not get nor have say over American reparations.

Period And Out.

Understand Family, there are no “local reparations.” This newly created label is an N’COBRA created grant hustle. A hustle for politicians to get out of doing the daily equity and resource delivery work that they should be doing. A hustle for certain Pan-African organizations to grab grant money through sham non-profits and newly created consultancies (like Robin Rue Simmons’ FirstRepair and Kamm Howard’s Reparations United) for doing zero-sum research and providing bad advice. Advice which takes a Pure Reparations argument off-track.

A hustle by Caribbean immigrants in concert with legislators and certain Pan-African organizations, specifically NAARC and N’COBRA, to accomplish the redirection of resources that should be for the descendants of American Freedmen over to Caribbeans that live here, the CARICOM organization in the Caribbean, and as many undifferentiated African pockets as possible. A hustle by certain political candidates for campaign strategy purposes – dangerously using the reparations issue as a political plaything. A hustle by closeted reparations opponents for expedient political window-dressing. A hustle for strategic white liberals to systematically kill or mitigate the National demand by a thousand cuts.

We see you.

Actual Reparations

Actual reparations are not income-based, net worth-based, where-you-live-based, who-you-know-based, phenotype-based, DNA-based, or color-based. It is lineage-based only. It is a debt due to a specific ethnic group. The descendants of American Freedmen in this case. To cite an extreme but valid case: Oprah’s lineage is Foundational Black American. Oprah Winfrey is eligible to apply and collect on this Native Black American reparations claim. So is Michael Jordan. So is Magic Johnson. So is your rich Black brother-in-law. It is a debt – primarily payable in cash. Not innovatively converted into “other forms.” Cash “directly into my hands” is the universal language of America – I don’t understand “other forms” talk. Take that to the Chinese. Again – not a poverty or relief program. A Debt.

And a Pure Reparations program in fact is not minimizable to city or state resource and governance issues.

Any resources expended under a “reparations” heading should not and cannot be for “everybody,” especially those groups that clearly would not be eligible under a federal claim – like American citizens of Caribbean lineage. How does any “local reparations” end up funding scholarships or programs for Jamaican immigrants? How is this? While conversely, Native Black Americans are rightly locked out of the CARICOM reparations claim at all levels. Repeat – AT ALL CLAIMABLE LEVELS. Understand? And we should be, for both legal and logistical reasons.

We Should Have Clarity and Appropriateness Regarding Reparations

To label distribution and equity activities that should be done on the local level as “reparations” is conflicting messaging. “Local Reparations” can be used as a form of nullification through the strategic interposition of lesser initiatives, which, if these initiatives spread nationally, will potentially undermine and/or eliminate the greater national reparations case. Do you understand? Local and state legislators may or may not be aware of this. Or may or may not care. Maybe?

But this is the danger again, this “local reparations” can technically be used as a political tool to destroy the possibility of reparations being expended at the federal level by reparations opponents. One possibility is that the federal government could reduce this federal demand to a “state’s rights” issue (don’t think they can’t). Some local and state monies necessarily and substantially come directly from the federal government. And that federal money – no matter where it goes, who gets it, or how it is used, is always differentiated as “federal money.”

Understand – if even a dollar of that federal money is designated, directed and expended under any “local reparations” labeling  – city by city, state by state, everything in terms of potential resource extraction would be reset downward, step by step. Just to illustrate: Every potential thousand dollars in justified recompense from the federal government could potentially be reduced to one dollar. Because federal reparations resources would be already spent at the state and local level. Just to use a hypothetical. This is important: The language we use and the reparational structures we create whether local or federal – are critical.

To reiterate: That reset means that if a bunch of cities and states decide to do this, the ultimate federal reparations liability will over time be severely reduced or possibly nullified. Yes – Zero. Because that federal money would have already been accepted, designated, agreed upon, expended, and spent through and in states and municipalities as reparations. When it is time to talk in reparational substance and finality and the correct money at the apex – the Capitol Hill level – Finally:

The federal government can Simply Say:

“We already paid you reparations, go away.”

For American Freedmen: The time for “getting what we can get” is over.

Conclusion

This “local reparations” is something that we cannot allow to happen as serious advocates for reparations. Let us all as sincere supporters of reparations work together to encourage and accomplish legislation that ensures local and state level equity for all Black communities, while at the same time, vocally supporting workable federal reparations legislation from local and state podiums.

I think American Freedmen should substantively help this along by encouraging our close representatives to enact operational municipal and state legislation that will informatively support the federal case for reparations, like doing research on past and present deprivative practices done locally and gathering data for upload to the federal level. Also, by creating local and state legislation actively supporting a properly drafted or restarted HR40, that will assist in accomplishing reparations exclusively for every surviving descendant of American chattel slavery, residing in every locality nationwide AND elsewhere.

These local reparations initiatives must stop, RIGHT NOW.

OK. This is an interesting quote from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee given to the July 27, 2020 edition of Yahoo News:

“I am very pleased and thank them for their affirmation, but the country doesn’t run by local cities’ jurisdictions… It’s run by the federal government.” Yahoo News said: “She is one of many advocates who argue that local efforts in cities and states do not amount to the restitution needed for real reparation.”

What does Kamm Howard and Dr. Ron Daniels think of this? 

And this is supposed to be NAARC and N’COBRA’s girl in Congress?