Westley Annis Westley at da-parish.com
Mon Aug 18 09:18:23 EDT 2008

Whether you agree or not, this is an interesting point of view.


Fred Reed, was a police reporter for one of the large Washington
newspapers....He now writes a column which can be googled 'Fred on

Fred published a weekly online column in which he got to say the things
his editors would never, ever have let him write in the paper. His stuff
is iconoclastic and various articles have probably offended everyone
regardless of political orientation. So, with the warning that 'This is
definitely not politically correct,' here comes Fred.

The following is an essay regarding the failings of a system and a
culture. Please note that he elegantly describes the mood of many
Americans and he does so without prejudice.

Slavery Reparations
by Fred Reed!

On the Web I find that Henry Louis Gates Jr., the chairman of Afro-
American Studies at Harvard, is demanding that whites pay reparations to

It's because of slavery, see. He is joined in this endeavor by a gaggle
of other professional blacks. I guess he'll send me a bill, huh?

I feel like saying, 'Let me get this straight, Hank. I'm slow. Be
patient. You want free money because of slavery, right? I don't blame
you.' I'd like free money too. Tell you what. I believe in justice.
I'll give you a million dollars for every slave I own, and another
million for every year you were a slave. Fair enough? But tell me, how
many slaves do you suppose I have? In round numbers, I mean...Say to
the nearest dozen. And how long were you a slave?

Oh. In other words, I owe you reparations for something that I didn't
do and didn't happen to you. That makes sense. Like lug nuts on a
birthday cake.

Personally, I think you owe me reparations for things you didn't do and
never happened to me. I've never been coated in Dutch chocolate and
thrown from the Eiffel Tower. I'll bet you've never done it to anyone.
I want reparations. Kind of silly, isn't it? But if we're going to talk
reparations, that's a street that runs in two directions.
You want money from me for what some other whites did to some other
blacks in another century. How about you guys paying whites reparations
for current expenses caused by blacks? Not long ago blacks burned down
half of Los Angeles, a city in my country. Cities are expensive, Hank.
Build one sometime and you'll see what I mean. Whites had to pay taxes
to repair Los Angeles for you. You can send me a check.

Now, yes, I know you burned LA because you didn't like the verdict in
the trial of those police officers. Well, I didn't like the verdict in
the Simpson trial. But I didn't burn my house and loot Korean grocers.

Over the years blacks have burned a lot of American cities: Newark,
Detroit, Watts, on and on. Now add in the fantastic cost over the years
of welfare in all its forms, of large police for cells and jails and
security systems in department stores. I can't live in the capital city
cultural cost of lowering standards in everything for the benefit of
blacks. See what I mean?

Now, I'd view things differently if you said, 'Fred, blacks can't get
anywhere in a modern country without education. We know that. We need
better schools, smarter teachers, harder courses, books with smaller
pictures and bigger words. Can you help us?'

I'd say, 'Hallelujah! Hoo-ahh! Not just yes, but hell yes. Let's sell
an aircraft carrier and get these folks some real schools and get them
into the economic main-stream. ' I'd say it partly because it would be
the right thing to do, and partly, because I'd like to add you guys to
the tax base.

The current custodial state is expensive. I'd just love for blacks to
study and learn to compete and stop burning places. But is it going to
happen? You may not believe it, but I, and most whites, don't like
seeing blacks as miserable and screwed up as they are. I spend a fair
amount of time in the projects. Those places are ugly. It's no fun
watching perfectly good kids turn into semi-literate dope dealers who
barely speak English. It just plain ain't right. But, Hank, what am I
supposed to do about it? I can't do your children's homework. At some
done. Maybe it's time.

I'll tell you what I see out in the world, Hank... I think blacks are
too accustomed to getting anything they want by just demanding it.
True, it has worked for over half a century. Get a few hundred people
in the street, implicitly threaten to loot and burn, holler about
slavery, and the Great White Cash Spigot turns on.

Thing is, whites don't much buy it any longer. Most recognize that what
once was a civil-rights movement has become a shakedown game. Few people
still feel responsible for the failings and inadequacies of blacks.
Political correctness keeps the lid on -- but everyone knows the score.
Which scares me, Hank.

On one hand, blacks hate whites and incline toward looting and burning.
(The whites you hate are the ones who marched in the civil-rights
movement. Ever think about that?
On the other hand, whites quietly grow wearier and wearier of it. Not

On the third hand (allow me three hands, for rhetorical convenience),
blacks keep demanding things. As I write, you demand reparations for
slavery. Blacks in Oklahoma (I think it was) want money for some
ancient race riot. Other blacks reject the Declaration of Independence,
blacks in New York hint broadly at burning and looting over a trial,
yet more demand the elimination of the Confederate flag, and the federal
equal opportunity apparatus, which means blacks, wants to sue Silicon
Valley for not hiring nonexistent black engineers. That's a lot of
demanding for one month, Hank. What happens if whites ever say, ' No'?

Now, how about you? You've got a cushy job up there at Harvard, and you
can hoot and holler about what swine and bandits whites are. I guess
it's lots of fun, and you get a salary for it. But don't you think you
might do blacks more good if you told them to complain less and study

For example, if you want blacks to work in Silicon Gulch, the best
approach might be to find some really smart black guys, and get them to
study digital design, not Black Studies. That's how everybody else does
it. It works. Then blacks wouldn't feel left out, and racial tensions
would decline. Sounds like a plan?

Just out of curiosity, how many hours a week do professors of Afro-
American Studies spend in the projects, encouraging poor black kids to
study real life sho-nuf subjects?

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