Zechariah 4:6 (NLT) “It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.”
Independence Day 2019 is tomorrow. During this time in our nation’s history, there is a heightened demand to redefine America’s concepts of liberty, freedom, and justice.
Juneteenth 2019 is just behind us. We are currently celebrating 400 years of African American history, so it’s likely not by accident that the “reparations debate” is rapidly gaining traction in conversations across America.
Many inroads have already been made in seeking solutions. In January 2016, a United Nations project with the “Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent” conducted a study on the reparations issue. They recommended that the U.S. establish a national commission to “monitor the human rights of African Americans” — and start taking steps to repay the labor that slaves performed from American independence through the Civil War (an amount that University of Connecticut researcher Thomas Craemer values at about $5.9 trillion) with reparations.
Currently, presidential candidate Marianne Williamson is most fervently backing reparations. The self-help guru and spiritual adviser wants to set aside $200 billion to $500 billion for a reparations program. She’s not offering to foot the bill personally.
Meanwhile, Senator and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren is rooting for reparations for Blacks, Native Americans and Gays. The other candidates running against President Trump, including Senators Corey Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand, are also backing tax-payer funded reparations for descendants of former American slaves.
All of these candidates are fully in favor of tax-payer funded abortion laws that help to disproportionately kill the very population they say they are trying to repair. How can you repair people by aborting them?
Interestingly, at least two presidents haven’t sanctioned tax-payer funded reparations for descendants of former American slaves. In a December 2016 interview with “The Atlantic’s” Ta-Nehisi Coates, President Barack Obama said it would be difficult to “practically administer and sustain political support” for reparations.
On July 1, 2019, President Donald Trump said this about the current discussion regarding the federal government awarding reparations for African Americans: “I think it’s a very unusual thing. I th— You have a lot of … a lot of, it’s a very interesting, you know it’s been a very interesting debate. I don’t see it happening, no.”
So, at least two presidents don’t sanction the federal government doling out tax dollars to pay reparations it seems. Let’s think about this. Is President Trump saying, “no reparations?” Or is the president perhaps inviting us to consider just who should pay for the reparations?
In “Reparations Reinvented,” Mark Crutcher, President of Life Dynamics Incorporated, and creator of award-winning documentary MAAFA 21 recommends “A FRESH LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE.” His film Maafa 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century America documents that, in the 1800s, ultra-wealthy white elitists financed the eugenics movement as a way to rid the country of freed blacks. It also documents the following: (a) this campaign has been in place every day since then; (b) it is still being carried out today; (c) it has inflicted demonstrable harm on the existing African-American community’s personal, societal, familial, financial and political well-being; (d) the plans for this effort – including its intentional targeting of this racial group – were widely publicized by those responsible; and (e) the [fruits of the] perpetrators still exist, [and] are easily identified and have enormous wealth in both cash and other assets.
Nina May of Renaissance Women also asserts that the reparations owed blacks should be paid by those who have imposed the most harm, rather than from U.S. tax dollars. In her award-winning films, “Reparations, Who Should Pay?”and “Emancipation Revelation Revolution,” Mrs. May explains with supporting evidence, that “the facts point to the Democrats being the party of slavery, oppression, violence, divisive and deadly behavior, segregation and dishonesty. ERR brings an in-depth look at the history of the civil rights movement in America, the role that both parties played, and what happens to conservative blacks who leave the liberal plantation and identify with the Party of Lincoln. Black America needs to be reintroduced to the party that was founded to liberate their ancestors and if anyone should pay reparations … it is the Democrat Party.”
Thinking back, I remember that while seeking the votes of the American people, President Trump asked African American voters an open-ended question: “What do you have to lose?” I remember following up on his question with this request to our very forward-thinking president: “Sir. Please tell us what we have to gain.”
Not only has President Trump told us, he has shown us gains in the job markets, for the sanctity of life, for religious freedom, through criminal justice reform, and so much more. America is on the mend.
Further, President Trump speaks to all Americans, including African Americans when he says, “[W]hether we are black, or brown, or white, we all bleed the same red blood” and that “[i]n America, we don’t worship government. We worship God.” From this perspective, goals that involve partnerships among the governments, private sector and people of faith would be a good start. If we are really listening, perhaps we will hear an invitation to seek God and not humans, and pray for the guidance for solutions to bring justice and the jubilee that will be required to make the wrongs right in America’s Reparations Saga.
“Is anything too hard for the LORD?” Genesis 18:14
Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is the founder of King for America, Inc., consultant to the Africa Humanitarian Christian Fellowship and Pastoral Associate and Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries.