My book “RACISM and HATE: an AMERICAN REALITY” seeks to fill the void in the conversation that is going on in the country today, dealing with “Economic Inequality.” From President Obama to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio the acknowledgment of this “Economic Inequality” seems to be unanimous throughout the political spectrum, from the extreme right to the progressive left. Both of those extreme, however, seems to be blind to the elephant in the room, which is the devastating effect that “Racism” had on the equation.
The book, which took some five years to research, first I had to trace some 230 years of my family’s history here in Georgia and then match that history with historical events that took place during that 230 year journey and try and figure out the impact those events had on my family’s social and economic status at that point in time. What was paramount in this research was that “Racism” had a profound effect on the economic conditions of my family’s history, not only “Racism” within the social makeup of the society, of course that played a part, but much more destructive was the “Racism” found within the government itself, through its laws.
My research found that the “separate but equal” laws that was put in place after the Civil War and lasted for some 90 years after the war was over, did almost an incalculable amount damage to the economic plight of my family and millions of other Americans of African descent. Sadly, the results of those injuries suffered are on display today in this “Economic Inequality” equation.
Everything from the Wealth Gap itself, which, according to a study done by Brandeis University in 2009, found that, on average, in the Black community a family of four had a net worth of $2500.00, while the in the White community a family of 4 had a net worth of over $96,000.00, for me this disparity alone is mind boggling enough, then you add to this, the high unemployment, a criminal justice system, that showcases a prison industrial complex that is imploding today from the overcrowding of our young black males, who today to often find themselves trapped in this vicious cycle of imprisonment and a depreciated value in the society at large that allow for events like Travon Martin and Jordan Davis to occur at an astoundingly high rate, the high childbirth among our single young ladies, that go on to produce a high number of single parent households, to the plight of our urban cities both North and South can all be traced to “Racism” through the “separate but equal” laws that took away 14th amendment protection for millions of Americans of African descent.
I don’t believe you can have an honest and serious conversation today about “Economic Inequality” without including this part of the “Inequality.”
My book concludes that the remedy for the injuries suffered during this 90 year period from 1865 to 1954 when Brown V Board of Education set aside the “separate equal laws” that had been codified into national law in the 1896 case “Plessey V Ferguson” should have been “financial reparations” for some 20 million Americans of African descent in 1954. The reason that this did not occur in 1954 is because Thurgood Marshall and his legal team working with that in NAACP’s legal defense arm, did not petition the court because they were pressured not to do so because it might create a heightening state of racial unrest in the South.
We take the position today that all Americans of African descent born prior to May 15 1954 can still petition the various state governments and the federal government, through the United States Supreme Court for those “Financial Reparations.”
We believe that that this class of Americans need to sign a petition asking the Attorney General of the United States to look into this matter.
Surely, if 140,000 Americans can sign their name to a petition to send off to the President of the United States to deport Justin Bieber, we should be able to find a like number of Americans to sign a petition on such an important issue as this.