I’ve never understood the “logic” of paying reparations for slavery. Every single person who directly suffered or benefited from slavery is now dead – so who would the reparations be paid too?
Not every black person in America is the descendant of slaves – so should they get reparations? And what about someone like me, whose a descendant of Italian immigrants who didn’t come to this country until the 20th century, and thus have literally no connection to any slave owners in any way, shape or form.
For that reason we’ll never see the government enforce a policy of reparations, but those suffering from an extreme case of white guilt can now pay them voluntarily, thanks to a new website that I pray nobody actually ever uses.
A new “reparations” website asks white people to pay black people’s rent and give them money to relieve their white guilt.
The website, started by Seattle-based “conceptual artist” Natasha Marin, suggests a number of ways in which white people can atone for the fact that 1.4 per cent of white people owned black slaves in the United States over 150 years ago.
Numerous white people beset with self-loathing have already offered a number of goods and services, including the free use of a car, house cleaning, massages, “catharsis,” and straight-up cold hard cash.
Black people have also posted messages on the site with requests for free laptops, a Kindle EBook Reader and recording studio access.
“I want my project fully funded or at least my phone paid for from here till December so I can stay in Boriken writing about Amerikkkan colonialism,” another man demands on the ‘Reparations’ Facebook page.
Someone else asks for recording studio time so they can record, “an album entitled “White Boys” to vent out my frustration on, well, white boys.”
Before you say it, no this is not a joke, despite the fact that it’s absolutely hilarious. Every offer or request on the website links to the individual’s personal Facebook profile.
Marin says the website is a way for white people to “extricate themselves from the guilt they are mired in” but that it is in “no way a pardon for years of systemic abuse” (presumably Marin is not talking about the kind of “systematic abuse” that leads to figures like white people being 27 times more likely to be violently attacked by black people than vice-versa).
If these people are trying to convince us that they’re not all a group of entitled racists, mission accomplished.
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