#MitchBetterHaveMyMoney

Senate House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

I thought the trending hashtag #MitchBetterHaveMyMoney was really cool. So I decided to write about it as a pretty badass, and black AF response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s opposition to reparations.

But his opposition is not surprising.

In fact, white opposition to African American advancement is to be expected. It’s day one, an unwritten rule established during the founding of this nation for the preservation of its white supremacist culture.

Apparently, Mitch McConnell is a descendant of slave owners, who likens himself to former President Barack Obama as both a fellow descendant of slave owners and opponent of reparations.

So what exactly am I Mitchin’ about since the ancestors of the first African American POTUS owned slaves?

Because I suspect that Mitch McConnell said out loud what most white Americans think. That the descendants of African slaves do not deserve reparations “for something that happened 150 years ago”. And that there is no one “currently living” who can be held accountable for slavery.

And for that the Senate Majority Leader needs to be Mitch-slapped.

I mean, he did admit that slavery was America’s “original sin” and something about the Civil War, Barack Obama becoming president, blah…blah…blah…insomnia cured.

But it’s one thing to oppose reparations in the form of a huge cash, one-time payment, cutting checks on an individual basis of what could very well be perceived as hush money. And in 2004 Barack Obama noted that paying reparations “would be an excuse for some to say we’ve paid our debt”, thus ending the quest for racial equality and disregarding other urgent matters concerning African Americans.

And it’s quite another for an old white man to attempt to shut down the very conversation this country needs to be having over a crucial issue that will greatly impact the future of race relations in America.

But it’s what white men do in this country, especially when it comes to improving the lives of its most oppressed citizenry. They try to control the narrative by whining that slavery happened so long ago. That it’s impossible to know who should receive reparations.

Or that slavery was a global enterprise, as if to justify legalizing the dehumanization and forced bondage of an entire race of people in the hopes that us uppity niggers will STFU!

Now I realize that several states have apologized to African Americans in recent years for participating in chattel slavery. But it’s just lip service, an apology that rings hollow. Because simply saying “sorry” disregards the fact that free slave labor is responsible for most of the generational wealth first accumulated by slave owners in America.

Generational wealth provided the heirs of slave owners with greater opportunities to pursue the American Dream and to keep that dream as white and unseasoned as possible.

Wealth, by the way, that was not created by pulling up bootstraps and generated through hard work. Because most of the wealth in this country is inherited.

And even after the Civil War some slave owners were given reparations–compensation for the slaves that were emancipated.

But as award winning author, Ta-Nehisi Coates correctly observed during his inspirational testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee in support of reparations that it “is impossible to imagine America without the inheritance of slavery”.

Meaning, as the descendants and heirs of the servant class who labored without pay for centuries we are also entitled to the generational wealth and opportunities that have been denied us for so long.

I’m not saying reparations has to necessarily come in the form of monetary compensation. Though, forgiving my student loan debt would be a good start.

Just sayin’.

But what form reparations should take definitely needs to be taken seriously.

As for Mitch McConnell. He needs to sit his Mitch-ass down somewhere and heed the immortal words of Lord M’Baku of the Jabari tribe after he shut down the colonizer Everett Ross, “You cannot talk!”

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9 thoughts on “#MitchBetterHaveMyMoney

  1. I don’t want a check, for the exact reasons that Obama stated. White people will think they gave us money now we can shut up. No, I want a long lasting effect like free community colleges or certain opportunities given to us in perpetuity.

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  2. I didn’t see Mitch’s comments, but I agree to an extent. It’s too late now for reparations in monetary payment.

    I think a lot of Blacks forget that even though they were enslaved by Whites, they are free because another set of White people fought for it. Blacks didn’t free themselves here.

    So who’s to say a White person is a descendant of what side? You could have descendants of abolitionists paying for sins their ancestors did not commit. Also, slave owners were a minority. Even in the south, most people weren’t wealthy enough to have slaves.

    There are also Whites who came here in the past 100 years or so from countries that didn’t participate in the slave trade either, also being forced to pay reparations because of the colour of their skin. That’s racist.

    And, what about Blacks that are mixed? Some of my ancestors owned slaves and some of my ancestors were slave owners. Inheriting slave property doesn’t necessarily make a person wealthy. Wealth is usually lost by the second or third generation in most instances. Even though I own plantation land, I don’t make a cent from it. Maybe one day I will. For now, it’s sitting there and I’m just paying taxes for land someone else is probably squatting on.

    There is also the issue of Blacks who showed up later in America. Americans would be paying reparations for people who might have been enslaved by the French or the British, like me or my kids (gods forbid) or their kids. And if they cut that out, they could still miss Af-Am descendants. An AA family could have moved away in earlier generations and then come back. How would we trace who’s who? Black slaves in America were not registered, so it’s almost impossible to figure out who their descendants are.

    I get the emotional and sentimental reasons for wanting reparations, but I think this far ahead, it wouldn’t really make sense. It would create an unfair system where people were paying or receiving based solely on the colour of their skin.

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    1. I agree with you for the most part but the effort still needs to be made.
      It’s not fair to say that since so much time has passed that nothing can be done. Ta-Nehisi Coates noted that, “But well into this century, the United States was still paying out pensions to the heirs of Civil War soldiers. We honor treaties that date back some 200 years, despite no one being alive who signed those treaties.”
      And it’s like you said, “an unfair system where people were paying or receiving based solely on the colour of their skin.” You just described the same “unfair system” that has governed America for the greater part of this country’s existence. And something can and must be done to address it.
      On a deeper level, I think reparations is a means to recover more of our humanity. That our ancestors weren’t just property or mindless beasts of burden whose contributions to the great wealth of this nation is not worthy of recognition.

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      1. I don’t think fighting fire with fire cools the air. Saying America has been stupid before and can be stupid again for my cause doesn’t really fix anything. It just creates a new problem that suits your needs instead of everyone else’s for a change. But a problem is still a problem.

        If America is going to provide any reparations, all I would want is for them to level the playing field and not just for Blacks. For everyone: women, LGBTQ and people of colour.

        I don’t want White people to feel sorry for me and give me anything. Just be fair enough to let me compete based on my merit and win or lose based on that merit, without prejudice against my nationality, sex and the colour of my skin.

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      2. I’m not sure “fighting fire with fire” is how I would characterize a discussion concerning reparations. Because reparations, contrary to what the mainstream media would have America believe, is not a punitive measure. It’s not vindictive, nor is it the role reversal some white people fear will happen to them like Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd in Trading Places.
        But I do believe reparations can help “level the playing field”.

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      3. I was referring to you saying that America has paid for dumb things before based on the colour of a person’s skin, so they can do it again.

        Anyway, not my country, not my rules, not my decision. If you feel reparations is the answer to levelling the playing field, so be it. As for me, I always think of the teaching a man to fish versus giving a man fish ideology.

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      4. Actually, I was referring to the unpaid labor of African slaves and the wealth and opportunities it generated for slave owners and their descendants.
        And I never said that reparations was the answer for leveling the playing field. I said it could help.
        Also, teaching a man to fish is far different than forcing a man to fish and profiting off of his unpaid labor.
        The point of my post is that reparations can come in many forms and that America needs to make the effort.

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