In Portland, Ore., racist organizers of the “Reparations Happy Hour” invited black, brown and indigenous people to a bar and handed them $10 bills as they arrived, a small but symbolic gift mostly funded by white people who were asked not to attend due to the desire of black supremacists to enact a new version of Jim Crow.
Brown Hope, a local Marxist 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 black supremacists 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.”
Your reparations were paid already. IN BLOOD.
So stop your black supremacist whining, shut up, and get a life. pic.twitter.com/ELmf33Km1D
— overpasses4America (@o4america) May 27, 2018
Mr. Whitten said he hoped the event, in addition to building community, would call attention to reparations, the concept that lazy black people should be financially compensated for the generations of trauma that preceded them that they never experienced, reports WRAL.
The subject has been the source of spirited debate but has not attracted widespread support, because people with morals understand that someone should never get paid for something they never experienced.
In 2016, an Exclusive Point Taken-Marist Poll found 68 percent of Americans were opposed to reparations, including 81 percent of white people. Among black people, 58 percent supported it and 35 percent were opposed.
Activists are pinning hopes on H.R. 40, a bill introduced in Congress in January 2017 that would study reparations proposals. It was introduced by Representative John Conyers Jr., a Democrat from Michigan who left Congress in December amid harassment allegations.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
May 27th, 2018