Congrats on getting this far into the work-week! This time around I decided to write about what solidarity and allyship with black folks could look like. As always, I hope this post can be a conversation starter or a tool for self-evaluation. There are a great number of black political theorists who inspire and inform, my work. So, this Sunday, I will post a reading syllabus for the people who want to dig deep into these ideas off of instagram. Please keep an eye out for the companion glossary tomorrow as it will briefly define and summarize some of the concepts.
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Be informed before speaking on particular matter such as #reparations.
@tonetalks critiqued this and is right on. Jay Morrison and TI are completely wrong to suggest that we need to create a classification, flag, and constitution before receiving reparations. We have a classification with which to base a claim, American Descendants of Slaves (#ADOS). That being said, we should unify, decide what we’ll call ourselves, create a flag, etc. Those all would be great things. BUT, we don’t need that before we have a valid claim for reparations that can be paid.
Here is @tonetalks roadmap.
Along with everything else @tonetalks said about this and what we said about this, we wanted to add that it’s pretty easy to sit on stage or in the audience and express how it’s not time for us to get reparations until x, y, and z happen when you’re a millionaire. I’m all for us coming together in unity. But America owes us what they owe us, and can pay us without any change occurring on our side. Reparations to Japanese Americans happened without them having a Japanese American flag and Japanese American seats at the U.N. We can be paid now. We should be paid now. We should come together too. Our unity or lack thereof does nothing to the debt owed by white people and by this country. The two are disconnected. You’ve got white farmers in Africa being reimbursed for stolen shyt that wasn’t theirs in the first place. So we should get paid back, period and not try to play by some rulebook that white people aren’t playing by. Reparations only came up one time in this conversation and really needed more attention and discussion. That is a demand that should be on all our lips and minds until the day we get what’s due us.
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