Ajah Hales

Good morning Brent,

Thanks for reading. I want to start with your opening statement. The idea that a discussion of reparations should include the group of people who excluded Black Americans from the entire economy doesn’t seem sound to me. Generally speaking, those on the receiving end of harm set the price tag. When a judge issues damages, they don’t ask the defendant if they think it’s fair.

Which brings me to your questions. Your perspective assumes that Africa would be in the same/similar place financially without colonization and the trans-atlantic slave trade. This is problematic because it implies that Africans are in the situation they are in because of inherent inferiority, not due to constant exploitation by colonizing forces.

You sound like a reasonable guy, so I’m pretty sure you don’t consciously believe that Africans and Afro-descendant Americans are inherently inferior, but how else do you explain the continent with the most natural resources in the world having poor healthcare and access to economic mobility?

Surely you must see that if colonizers had stayed out of Africa, if the indigenous people of that continent had control over their own resources, the entire continent would function differently.

Furthermore, the America we have simply could not exist without free forced labor and the brutality of chattel enslavement. The American south was not the best environment for large cotton harvests. Cotton needs well drained, sandy, loamy soil like in Nebraska or New Mexico. The south made cotton king by being willing to work human beings to death to get the job done.

America’s great wealth is blood money, as befouled as diamonds mined by children in Sierra Leone. The way I see it, there are two ways to look at it:

  1. My ancestors stole it fair and square
  2. My ancestors stole it, I should return it

I never write comments this long anymore, so you’ve really engaged me. Thanks again for reading.

World Changer. Social Thinker. Business Owner. #WEOC

World Changer. Social Thinker. Business Owner. #WEOC