Fuck the person who made this. Ugghh just fuck you. Fuck you very much.
Libertarianism - where “The worst evil is taking property by force” but no one talks about reparations for slavery or the conquest of American soil…
Because, you know, someone taxing you and providing you government services like a functioning water supplies, electrical grid, maintained streets, a police force, a firefighting service, national defense, a legal system, working postal service, regulations enforce companies actually holding to some minimal standards…
IS JUST LIKE having everything taken from you, being beaten, raped, children sold, being murdered, in exchange for… the “benefit” of being exploited for labor and everything.
Yes, those are totally alike.
Do you want to talk about reparations? Then I want to talk about numbers. Because this is an inconvenient truth when talking about reparations to blacks based on the 40 acres and a mule ruling. Which is typically the response I get.
1. The 40 acres and a mule were issued by Major General William Tecumseh Sherman (for those of you who don’t know him, he was an author, soldier, businessman and teacher who implemented the policy of giving the land in the south as it was won from the confederacy) By 1865, over 400,000 acres of land had been given to freed slaves. Unfortunately by May of of 1865, Abraham Lincoln’s successor Andrew Jackson repealed this on the grounds that not all land taken was from confederacy supporters since there are records that over 4,100 southerners were arrested on the grounds of being union supporters. The reparations policy of Sherman was never an official policy of the United States.
2. I have never heard one person ask the other African tribes that trapped, enslaved and sold other Africans for reparations. Although it is documented in African texts that White men from the North had not infiltrated the interior of Africa by the triangle trade. Most slaves are documented as coming from interior Africa and being sold along the coast; other African tribes gaining riches off their captures. However, I guess it is too difficult to track that down and it is easier to blame a government that is visible.
3. Speaking of government. When you tell the government to do something, you are asking the people within the nation to suffer the consequences of that request. So let’s look at those numbers.
- The 13th Amendment put a formal end to slavery. (89 years after the formation of the United States. Enforcing took longer, but we’re going to look at tangible numbers today. Over 140 years have passed since emancipation).
- The legal importation of slaves came to an end in 1808 as provided by the Constitution. (That is 32 years after the formation of the country.)
- Decades before the Civil War, many states (mostly in the North) outlawed slavery.
- Over 80% of people in the South did not own slaves because they themselves were too poor.
- “You built this country on the backs of poor blacks”. It is a fact that the most wealthy states: Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island abolished slavery as early as 1789. The southern states, by comparison languished in their economies. Mostly because only a few became wealthy off the labor of slaves. Most were small farmers that couldn’t compete.
- The first wave of immigrants came from Europe between 1840-1860 (pre-Civil War). This was approximately 3 million people that immigrated from Germany, Ireland, England and France. The census taken in 1840 was the 6th taken in the history of the United States. It showed that merely 17,069,453 people lived in the United States. The slave population consisted of 2,487,355 slaves (counted as a full person). So in 20 years the population of the United States increased by 17.5%. Even if all of those people owned slaves (which they didn’t. Most saved for their life to afford a ticket over OR became indentured servants which is a form of slavery; not as bad as actual slavery, but by no means ‘free’).
- The second wave of immigration came 1866-1920 and included people from mostly southern and eastern Europe. This wave included over 25 million documented people. The most recent census puts the population at 31,443,321 people in 1860 including 3,953,761 slaves. Let’s do a little math. (1840= 17,069,453 people with 6.8% of the population being slaves)(1860= 31,443,321 people with 7.9% of the population being slaves) That is still bad because the percentage of slaves didn’t decrease, it increased. However, from 1840 to 1860, the population increase over 54%. So for every seven people coming to the United States a new slave was being introduced. I say introduced because we have to remember legal importation of slaves ended in 1808 so the slaves were being born into slavery at this rate. So back to the second wave of immigration. The 1920 United States census record shows that there were 106,021,537 people living in the United States. So, in the 54 years since the legal end of slavery the population increased by 3x. None of these people ever owned slaves.
- We can get into semantics about oppressive laws that were passed, but as far as reparations are concerned, just mathematically,
- So mathematically, the potential of someone owning a slave is, at best, hit or miss with 33% of the population from the time slavery was made illegal to 1920 and that is not even counting the population increase in the last almost 100 years. The 33% only comes if EVERY SINGLE PERSON owned a slave prior to 1866 which we know isn’t true. Also, census records do count women and children although women and children could not own slaves. 1860 census records show that just under 46% of the population was women, so that brings down the potential to 17% of the population today being connected in ANY way to slavery.
- Was slavery wrong? YES! Were the laws that came later wrong? YES! Are the majority of people today denying either of these facts? NO! Are Police on average racist asshats? Probably. Do blacks have a right to be angry? (and no I’m not granting permission) Of course. If I saw stop and frisk searches targeting my community. OR If I saw police not act when someone was murdered, I would be angry. If people watch police brutality are they responsible? Yes. Actually, by the Good Samaritan Law if you can help and don’t you can be held responsible. No one is arguing that any of these points are wrong! However, when you have people say kill crackers, white people are the only evil, you are factually wrong. There is evidence of racism and shadeism and bias. However, that is a select and shrinking minority. Saying we’re coming for you, white America just frightens white people and angers them because for the most part, white America really just wants everyone to get along, not because they want to forget the past but because they weren’t a part of it and now they’re being held responsible. When you say, ‘go back to Europe,’ it’s as asinine as people saying, ‘go back to Africa’. Most people have never been to where there family originated and if they have, they don’t belong their either. I get it, the population is increasing and you feel threatened that you won’t get your piece of the pie, but killing others all for the sake of a slanted history will leave you the bad guy in the end.
3. Native Americans are a different story. Moving Natives to reservations=bad (obviously). Sterilization program=bad (obviously) Percentage of Americans that actually knew what was going on= unidentifiable. Ignorance=an excuse (no). However, in the last 60 years, look what the United States government has done in the Middle East (to name one of many places). Have you voted for ANY elected officials that were in power during any of this? State (representatives) OR National (representatives or President) Just to name a few: Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy (I don’t think anyone on Tumblr goes back further than Kennedy). If you have voted for any of these people, you could be held responsible by any of the family members in the future that would want reparations. If you are going to say that the policies were put in place by other administrations, look at the new policies of each individual (did they expand or contract the military). But in the case of slavery and the laws that came afterwards, not everyone supported this. However, now everyone is to be held accountable. So, I’m not just holding you accountable for the people you voted for, but the fact that you were born or opted into this country. Anytime you say a politician should be held in contempt, so should you. That is your rationale, so that is now mine.
And to the dumbass that put this “Libertarianism is the new black” post, take that down. Have you lost your mind? Black=black (new, old and otherwise) Stop trying to draw comparisons to your “plight”.