Professor Michael Eric Dyson believes white people should have an "Individual Reparations Account" to make restitution to black institutions and individuals for slavery.
CNS News reports that Dyson, a preacher and Georgetown University professor, explained his take on reparations in an interview with Ana Marie Cox in Sunday's New York Times Magazine about his forthcoming book, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America. That's just what this country needs to heal the racial divide -- another lecture from the professional victim class about how racist white America is.
Here is the relevant exchange from the interview:
Cox: At the end of your sermon, you do a “benediction” section, in which you talk about making reparations on the local and individual level: donating to groups like the United Negro College Fund or a scholarship program, but also, to cite your example from the book, paying “the black person who cuts your grass double what you might ordinarily pay.” That gave me pause!
It should give anyone pause, because it suggests that the black person who cuts your grass is owed more than a white just because of the color of his skin. That's called racism. It suggests that that black person somehow still suffers the effects of slavery 150 years after the fact, even though his family may only have arrived in America ten years ago, and that the white homeowner is somehow guilty of slavery regardless of whether his ancestors even owned slaves or not. Not that it would matter, because none of us, black or white, is responsible for what our ancestors did.
Dyson: Good! I used to say in church, “If the sermon ain’t making you a little bit uncomfortable, it ain’t effective.” Look, if it doesn’t cost you anything, you’re not really engaging in change; you’re engaging in convenience. You’re engaged in the overflow. I’m asking you to do stuff you wouldn’t ordinarily do. I’m asking you to think more seriously and strategically about why you possess what you possess.
Because we earned it?
Cox: I agree with reparations [of course you do], but maybe this is my white privilege speaking: I can’t imagine actually doing that.
Of course she can't - because the liberal elites always manage to exempt themselves from the rules they want to force upon others.
Dyson: That is what I meant by an I.R.A.: an individual reparations account. You ain’t got to ask the government, you don’t have to ask your local politician — this is what you, an individual, conscientious, “woke” citizen can do.
FYI, "Woke" is an annoying neologism that refers to being enlightened about social justice issues.
Cox: But charity can’t be the end of it, right? The Koch brothers gave the United Negro College Fund $25 million, but I doubt you would consider them “woke.”
No. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that charity is a poor substitute for justice. But I ain’t turning $25 million down.
Of course he "ain't." Because he's a shakedown artist and that's what reparations are -- a shakedown.
For more on the race-baiting Dyson, check out his profile here at the Freedom Center's Discover the Networks resource site.