Continuing with my theme of the year that “everything is stupid,” the mayors of various American cities have just passed a resolution this week calling for a commission to implement reparations for slavery.
This decision shouldn’t surprise anyone, given the fact that 64 of the 100 largest cities in America are run by Democrat mayors. These mayors have presided over the deterioration of their cities and the ensuing lawlessness that has followed in the wake of the unlawful killing of George Floyd.
The mob has subsumed their streets, but rather than pushing back, they are placating the protesters by virtue-signaling, failing to defend the rule of law, and threatening to defund their police departments.
The leader of the U.S Conference of Mayors, Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher, sent the following letter to Senator Cory Booker and Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee, who have introduced legislation to form a committee to study whether slavery reparations are justified:
“I am pleased to share with you that last week at the Conference’s 88th Annual Meeting, the nation’s mayors unanimously passed a resolution I sponsored in support of the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act (H.R. 40/S. 1083). We recognize and support your legislation as a concrete first step in our larger reckoning as a nation, and a next step to guide the actions of both federal and local leaders who have promised to do better by our Black residents. Our support of your bicameral legislation is not just an endorsement – it is a resolution.
We have resolved to do better for our Black residents by promoting equal rights and opportunity through the implementation of policy reforms at the local level, as well as through our advocacy for action at the federal level … We are committed to doing our role in local government to disrupt systemic racism, which inhibits the realization of a nation of liberty, prosperity, and justice for all. Thank you for your tireless advocacy on behalf of our cities. We are proud to echo your calls to address centuries of racial injustice and inequities in America, and the nation’s mayors stand ready to support and amplify your efforts.”
Earlier this week I wrote an article about similar legislation proposed by Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. In that discussion, I stated that “as far as slavery reparations go, giving money to people whose ancestors suffered through the horrors of slavery is insulting to the memory of those who were enslaved in the past.
Those African Americans were literally treated like property and were owned by another human being. Many were beaten and overworked until the point of death. Their children were separated from them, and they were auctioned off like animals in public markets. The practice was horrific and evil, and it’s a GOOD thing that it was brought to an end.
Why are the descendants of slaves—150 years after the end of slavery—going to be paid for something they themselves never suffered. That’s just absurd!”
For the one-millionth time (I feel like I’m beating my head against the wall), slavery and segregation are the two great sins of this nation. However, we have overcome those morally reprehensible systems to become a more perfect union. Those evils are in the past, and while we can still make every effort to improve ourselves, we can drag ourselves back to where we started.
There is no going back to undo the past, no matter how much present money is spent. The Mayors of America don’t seem to understand this—or, more likely, they don’t care.