Friday, February 27, 2009

NWSF Bullet: Rappin' About Reparations

You can talk about some things in America when it comes to race; dead Civil Rights leaders, desegregation etc but when it comes to talkin' about the dreaded "R" word, all bets are off!

According to news reports, the United States will not participate in the upcoming UN World Conference Against Racism unless some changes are made to the conference's final document including, according to the Associated Press, "language on reparations for slavery."

What tha....?

This is not the first time that the US has pulled out of the World Conference on Racism, remember they got ta steppin back in 2001.

You mean to tell me that even with a black president in the White House, the issue of Reparations is still taboo?

There have been many African Americans who have dedicated their lives fighting to have the United States pay the victims of the African Holocaust something for their pain and suffering and to have the US take a chill pill on a meeting to discuss the issue is a diss to everyone with black skin.

Also, this announcement coming during Black History Month is another slap in the face.

Why don't you just call me the "N" word and slap me with a piece of fried chicken?

And you mean to tell me that President Obama is OK with this?

I mean, it's cool to give fist bumps and chill at basketball games but come on...

I'm just saying, someone is dangerously close to gettin' his Brotha's card snatched.

I can't put all the blame on the Prez, though. The real tragedy is the failure of African Americans to stand up for issues like Reparations.

We can get outraged because of a cartoon with a monkey but when it comes to dealin' with something with some substance, we bury our heads in the sand.

Just as millions of black folks organized to get people to vote for a black man, we must now organize to insure that issues such as Reparations are no longer ignored.

We owe it not only to ourselves but the millions of our ancestors whose bones rest at the bottom of the Atlantic.