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June 18th, 2014

The Case for Reparations Gets Stronger

Lillie Howard

After reading "The Case For Reparations" in ‘The Atlantic" magazine written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, I was very wounded in my spirit. Many of the wrongs that were cited I was aware of but to see them listed together left a deep pain in my heart.

The many cold-blooded actions that one in three urban youth have mild to severe PTSD. were lawfully and unlawfully waged against my forefathers makes it very clear as to why we are so despised. Our very presence is a constant reminder of the sordid depravity of their forefathers and the causative reasons for their depraved treatment of us even now.

In the article Mr. Coates sites that two hundred fifty years of slavery, ninety years of Jim Crow, sixty years of separate but equal, thirty-five years of racist housing policies and so much more are his reasons for feeling that African-Americans should receive reparations.

He cites that American prosperity was built on two and a half centuries of slavery, a deep wound that has never been healed or fully atoned for. He feels that until America reckons with the moral debt it has accrued-and the practical damage it has done to generations of black Americans, it will fail to live up to its own ideals.

Mr. Coates goes on to say that the early American Economy was built on slave labor. The Capital and the White House were built by slaves. President James K. Polk traded slaves from the oval office.

The laments about "black pathology," the criticism of black family structures by pundits and intellectuals, ring hollow in a country whose very existence was predicated on the torture of black fathers, on the rape of black mothers, on the sale of black children. An honest assessment of America’s relationship to the black family reveals the country to be not its nurturer, but its destroyer.

He also cites in this article that this destruction did not end with slavery. Discrimination laws joined the equal burden of citizenship to unequal distribution of its bounty. These laws reached their apex in the mid-20th century, when the federal government -through housing policies-engineered the wealth gap, which remains with us to this day.

This article consists of 18 pages and I suggest that you search for "The Atlantic" magazine (June 2014 edition) because it will truly enlighten you as to what did, and what still is happening, in the United States as it pertains to African Americans.

Moving on to another subject which was a news article I read recently which truthfully lines up with "The Atlantic" article issue: In the inner city, a major health problem is making it harder for young people to learn: Inner-city kids suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

"Youth living in inner cities show a high prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder than soldiers," according to Howard Spivak M.D., director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Violence Prevention.

Spivak presented research at a congressional briefing in April 2012 showing that these children are essentially living in combat zones. Unlike soldiers, children in the inner city never leave the combat zone and often experience trauma repeatedly. One local expert says national data suggests one in three urban youth have mild to severe PTSD.

Lately in the news we’ve been reading about major concerns regarding heroin and I note that monies are going to be sent into communities to begin to seriously address this problem. Wow!

Where was that concern when the African-American communities were being devastated by drugs and still are.

Now that it’s spilling over into Caucasion communities, and your children are being seriously affected, major concerns are now coming forth. Wow!

Don’t you realize that we are all connected and what may be our problems today, if not seriously addressed, will eventually become yours? Wake Up!

This is Lillie’s Point of View and I’m just having my say.

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