Disparities exist not because governments fail but because people fail. A city in North Carolina has chosen to take a huge chunk of money out of their budget and flush it down the toilets, calling it reparations.
Asheville City Council wants to show its residents that they are sorry for its role in slavery. They want to bow down to the black population and ensure that they have not only apologized but ensured that there is no racial discrimination. So, they’re taking money to invest in the community solely for the benefit of black residents.
Isn’t racism about not choosing one race over another, though? Racial discrimination isn’t just for the black community – it’s everyone.
But this city wants to be so apologetic that they don’t see reason. They’d rather spend money to help only one class of people.
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Now, throughout the country, there are black people who thrive. They have access to everything that white people have – and to say differently is to be blind to the real problem. Free education? Check.
Scholarships for higher education? Check. They get a few extra items, too. Help because of being a minority? Check. Access to help when they have a low income? Check – Medicare, WIC, Snap, free lunch programs in schools.
Let’s not pretend that there is no assistance available. It’s out there. But it only works if people choose to take advantage of it.
Not that we’re supposed to be talking about it, but the wealth disparities affect white populations, too. There are plenty of white families who deal with low-income problems, too. They come from a long line of families on Welfare. They may have had problems because of drugs, alcohol abuse, and more.
However, if you’re white and you’re dealing with an income disparity, the community will ignore you. White privilege and all…
The council in Asheville is so blind to the problems that they voted 7-0 to chop up their budget in order to deal with racial disparities. While they won’t provide direct cash payments to those within the community, they will be investing in everything from health care to housing to career growth within the black neighborhoods.
Meanwhile, there are others within the community demanding answers – as they should. The main question coming by email is why the community should have to pay for what happened during slavery. Well, let’s give a slow clap to those whoa re asking the important questions.
Shaneika Smith, a black councilwoman had this to say: “Slavery is this institution that serves as the starting point for the building of the strong economic floor for white America while attempting to keep Blacks subordinate forever to its progress.”
Subordinate forever? Maybe she needs to take a look around. She can only blame slavery for so long – and the time to blame slavery is long past. It’s as if she’s spitting on America and calling every Black person in the community of Asheville out for their inability to move forward. What about those who are successful? What about those who have stepped out of racial inequality?
We’re supposed to keep apologizing for something that happened over a century ago. Plenty of black communities have moved forward. We’ve had a black president. We have black Congressmen and women. There are successful black people in positions of CEO, CFO, and beyond. Are we supposed to ignore this?
How long do we have to say sorry? Asheville is making a big mistake in their attempt to show the country that they are woke. Reparations are a waste of money – and it’s been shown time and again that investing in the black communities don’t change anything. People have to want to change – and some would rather sit back and complain about the disparities than work to make a difference.
If North Carolina wants to waste their money, fine. But don’t expect it to make a difference.