Seriously, WE do not have to wait on Congress to do anything about reparations. There is much we WHITE peeps can do right now….I mean Right NOW!
Take a look at these links for example:
Step No. 1 is to open our fucking eyes and minds, ok! Stop being defensive every time the subject of racism and/or reparations is brought up. “Well, it’s not my problem, I didn’t live “back in those days,” or we immigrated from Europe long after the Civil War period, so my family is not accountable: such typical feelings and responses. All wrong. Just like those “newcomer” IMMIGRANTS from Europe benefited and their progeny continue to benefit from A) the labor, sweat, blood and lives that African Americans gave to this land; B) having a leg up on most black people in this country who were told to bring yourselves up “by your bootstraps” when they had no fucking boots to start with, by virtue of capital accumulation, education, housing and you name it, we collectively – white people – not only carry the PRIVILEGE that goes with our whiteness in this land, but carry the burden of DEBT that we have never begin to pay for that privilege!
I doubt seriously that there ever will be found an amount monetarily that would even come close to repaying black people in this country (or the rest of the African diaspora). What is the price for the millions of deaths in the Middle Passage, the centuries of lynchings and beatings to death, the mothers dying in childbirth after being raped by their “owners,” deaths in the fields slaving in the heat and disease infested plantations, or all the black men and women treated like sub-humans through the last two centuries, even to this day, with cops being allowed to choke black men to death for selling single cigarettes. Then there is the matter of blighted neighborhoods, guns run in by white nationalists to encourage desperate black youths to kill and shoot at will, the terrible inequities in income, savings, and hell, on and on.
But the issue must be addressed and STUDIED within Congress, and right now good ol’ boy Mitch is determined to block that Bill. POX ON HIM.
But, we can begin to do SOMETHING, in spite of Senator Mitch McConnell, who had a great-great-grandfather who owned 14 slaves. (I myself had a G-G-G who owned 50 slaves, and probably other distant kin who also were slavers. Yes, I bear the guilt they should have carried, and am committed to doing all I can to be an advocate for reparations.)
So I urge all readers, especially whites, to get on board. Read the documents I linked above. The time is long, long overdue for action! We all can do SOMETHING!