I honestly have no idea where to even start with this whole thing. A bar in Portland, OR, hosted a Reparations Happy Hour where “blacks, brown and indigenous people” received $10 from white people who.

The event excluded white people.

From The New York Times (emphasis mine):

Brown Hope, a local activist organization, wanted the event, which was held on Monday, to be a space for people of color in a mostly white city to meet one another, discuss policy issues and plan potential action.

While it was far from the full-scale reparations sought by some as penance for the horrors of slavery and continuing racial injustice, Cameron Whitten, the 27-year-old activist who organized the event, said there was one similarity: It made attendees feel as if their pain were valued and understood.

“It was only $10, but when I saw them I saw their eyes light up,” he said. “What I saw there was that people felt like they were finally seen.”

Mr. Whitten said he hoped the event, in addition to building community, would call attention to reparations, the concept that black people should be financially compensated for the generations of trauma that preceded them.

Valued and understood because you received $10 from an anonymous white person? I thought the left had ideals of FORWARD and PROGRESS. I thought the left complains that the right lives too much in the past. It looks like it’s the other way around.

Disgraced former Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) introduced a bill in Congress last year “that would study reparations proposals.” Ron Daniels, the president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, believes that reparations will help “America to ‘fully heal itself.'”

Economist Robert Browne estimated at one time that “a fair value for reparations of $1.4 trillion to $4.7 trillion and wrote that reparations should ‘restore the black community to the economic position it would have had if it had not been subjected to slavery and discrimination.'”

Not all black people agreed with this idea:

No, I don’t owe you anything like no one owes me anything. If we truly want to move FORWARD and CHANGE then stop living in the past. Learn from said past, but quit dwelling on it.


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