Just in time to stoke the already raging flames of race relations in the United States, the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (UNWGEPAD) — yes, it’s a real thing — has determined that the U.S. owes black people reparations for the country’s history of “racial terrorism.”
The report states (via Truth Revolt):
In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent. Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching.
I wonder if the scholars of UNWGEPAD are aware of this Harvard study showing that there’s zero evidence of racial bias by police in the use of deadly force.
The report goes on to allude that current generations of white people be shamed for crimes they didn’t commit:
Lynching was a form of racial terrorism that has contributed to a legacy of racial inequality that the United States must address. Thousands of people of African descent were killed in violent public acts of racial control and domination and the perpetrators were never held accountable.
As for how UNWGEPAD suggests the U.S. make these reparations, they could take the form of “a formal apology, health initiatives, educational opportunities … psychological rehabilitation, technology transfer and financial support, and debt cancellation.”
There’s no doubt that race relations in the United States are bad and getting worse. But racially charged reparations will only exacerbate the problem. Instead, the federal government should make concerted reforms — like eliminating the welfare state — to help dig blacks out of the grave the feds have dug for them.