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Re: “John Hope Franklin: Apologies aren't enough

This was an excellent article from a brilliant mind. I am so happy that someone of Dr. Franklin's stature spoke truth to power. He makes me proud. I feel sorry for the person who wrote the misguided comment referring to the Duke Lacrosse case. He, unfortunately, missed the whole point of the article. Women of African descent, since their forced arrival to North America, have been the property of white men. From slavery to the present, they have had to happily submit to white power, white oppression, and white brutality. Let's not forget that white men and women owned the rights to the enslaved African's sexual organs, sexuality and offspring. The country seemed happy to see the charges dropped against the three young men in the lacrosse case. I do not know what happened that night but what was not disputed were the racial slurs used to address that young woman from those lacrosse players.. That is essentially what Dr. Franklin is trying to get people to understand through this article: We can't go back and rewrite history but we can begin to fix what is broke. Racism, poverty, discrimination, and unconscious institutionalized racism are all byproducts of slavery. These diseases disporportionately impact the Black community. If I were to request reparations, I would ask for free tuition at public universities for those universities that benefitted directly from slavery, tax relief for a finite period, business loans at a 0% rate for a finite period, free healthcare for a finite period, and free quality schools for Black children in the most impoverished areas of North America. In my opinion, that would help start the healing process and possibly begin leveling the playing field. To be frank, I could care less about an apology..Before apologizing, help me fix the current problems in the black community, primarily poverty, high school dropouts, low expectations in K-12, disproportionate use of out-of-school suspensions, and the lack of health insurance in Black communities. Once the legislature fix those problems, then they can give me an apology.

Posted by Knowledge-of-Self on 04/20/2007 at 12:24 AM

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