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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Slavery Reparations for Millionaires

A few years ago, the University of Oregon paid Ta-Nehisi Coates a thousand dollars a minute to speak at its campus. After 40 minutes, Coates left the stage a half hour early and didn't take any questions.

He still got a $41,500 check.

Today, Coates will be speaking, presumably for free, at a House hearing on slavery reparations in the Rayburn Building in Washington D.C. As the author of The Case for Reparations, the wealthy racialist author will presumably be speaking in favor of taking money from Americans to give to, well, him.

The hearing, formally titled, H.R. 40 and the Path to Restorative Justice, references Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s bill calling for a commission to study a proposal to pay compensation to the descendants of slaves.

“I stand here as a freed slave,” Rep. Jackson Lee had once declared on the House floor.

Her estimated net worth, as of 2015, is $3,547,506. The median House average was $800,000.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s annual salary, funded by taxpayers, is $174,000. Her husband, Elwyn C. Lee, is the Vice President for Community Relations at the University of Houston where he earns $239,501. The median salary at the University of Houston is $60,000. Lee sponsored or co-sponsored bills that sent $5.25 million to her husband’s employer in just two years. If anyone deserves reparations, it’s taxpayers.

Both Sheila Jackson Lee and Elwyn Lee are Yale graduates. Her son is a Harvard grad.

H.R. 40 was the obsession of former Rep. John Conyers. Unlike most of the reparations supporters who will be showing up on Wednesday at the Rayburn Building, Conyers had paid out reparations.

The recipient of the $27,000 in reparations was a female employee whom he had sexually harassed.

Taxpayers however received no reparations from the Conyers clan when Monica, John’s wife and a Detroit councilwoman, was sent to prison for taking bribes on a $47 million sludge hauling contract vote.

Anyone who stops by the Rayburn Building on June 19th, either for Small Businesses in the Cannabis Industry hearing or the slavery reparations hearing, will have the pleasure of listening to Lee and to Coates, who in 2016 had bought a luxurious landmarked brownstone in Brooklyn for $2.1 million.

The home, with its chef’s kitchen, wedding cake moldings, tin ceiling, terrace, garden, and carved woodwork, was paid for with the proceeds of Coates’ work of accusing America of institutional racism.

Those proceeds include the $625,000 McArthur grant that Coates received for, among other screeds, The Case for Reparations and Between the World and Me, a hateful text in which he claimed that the firefighters who died on September 11 “were not human to me.” The day before he ducked out of the $41,500 University of Oregon speech, he was paid $30,000 for a speech at Oregon State University.

The FDNY firefighters who climbed 100 stories on September 11 only to be deemed less than human by Coates, had a starting salary of under $40,000, risking their lives for less than Coates got paid an hour.

Who exactly deserves reparations here?

"Whiteness confers knowable, quantifiable privileges," Coates ranted in a defense of reparations.

What then is the sources of Ta-Nehisi Coates' known and quantifiable privileges, of turning down a New York Times column while getting paid by The Atlantic to blog about comic books?

How does the underprivileged Coates get to be a visiting professor at MIT despite not having a degree?

After buying his brownstone for $2.1 million, Coates tried to resell it for $2.395 million. After trying, and failing to score a $300K profit, he had to cut the price down to a mere $2.25 million.

Is it any wonder that his tortured soul cries out for a more successful source of reparations?

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a success story whose topic is his own oppression. And now he will lecture the rest of the country about their compelling responsibility to subsidize his vast reserves of unearned privilege.

Luxurious homes don’t buy themselves. It takes gullibly guilty idiots to buy them for Coates.

Also showing up to testify will be Danny Glover. The actor has been campaigning for reparations for some time now even though it’s the audiences who paid to see Lethal Weapon 4 who deserve them.

“We have to make demands. We can’t just sit around the table and accept what’s going on,” Glover had declaimed a few years back. “The whole idea of reparations is demanding justice, it’s all about that.”

Sites estimate the celebrity’s net worth somewhere between $15 and $40 million. In addition to earning multi-million salaries for the Lethal Weapon movies, he was due 2% of the gross profits from Saw.

Glover does know all about slave reparations.

In 2007, Venezuela’s socialist regime allotted Glover $17.8 million to make a movie about a slave revolt in Haiti. In 2008, the country, which was sliding toward serious economic problems, reportedly allotted another $9 million. The movie was never made, but the actor has gone on defending a regime that offered him millions before starving its own people to death and shooting them in the street.

If anyone is owed reparations, the people of Venezuela deserve them from Danny Glover. The starving children begging in the streets, the mothers crying for milk for their babies, and the fathers picking through the trash. One of their representations should be on hand to present the celebrity with a bill.

It’s all about, as Glover put it, “demanding justice”.

Is there a case for the Chinese immigrant running a corner store, a Cuban immigrant driving a taxi or a Russian immigrant moving furniture having to pay reparations to Glover and Ta-Nehisi Coates?

Both men make more an hour than the average American, black or white, makes in a year.

Justice can be hard to come by. H.R.40 or the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act won't offer justice. But the Commission will require the appropriation of $12 million. That’s not the cost of reparations, but the cost of a bunch of people discussing them.

"A federal commission can help us reach into this dark past and bring us into a brighter future," Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee claimed.

Doubtful. But it can certainly spend $12 million in taxpayer money.

That $12 million could be used to pay for health care or food for actual poor people. Or it could be used to fund a commission stocked with insiders and activists to discuss reparations.

How better to manage slavery reparations for millions than by spending $12 million on a commission?

Needy millionaires are standing by to take your paycheck.

Meanwhile Ta-Nehisi Coates will be appearing in New York in August. Tickets can be had for $75 in the upper boxes or as low as $50 for an orchestra seat. If you’re lucky, this time he may stay for Q&A.

Buy a ticket. Call it reparations.

And if you want to catch the free show, Coates will be agitating for reparations today in D.C.





Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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11 comments:

Mr. Cohen said...

***** QUICK QUOTES ABOUT ARABS AND
MUSLIMS PRACTICING SLAVERY *****

========

Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of the USA) is condemned for owning slaves by: Liberals, Leftists, Progressives, and Socialists. But amazingly, Mohamed, the founder of Islam, is NEVER criticized for owning dozens of slaves!

QUOTE 1 OF 7:

“Although slavery had been outlawed in Britain and the importation of slaves was illegal in the United States, an active slave trade continued between Africa and the Arab nations.”

SOURCE: South Africa: 1880 to the Present (chapter 3, page 44) by Bruce and Becky Durost Fish, 2001 CE, Chelsea House Publishers, Philadelphia

QUOTE 2 OF 7:

“Moreover, the ability of the Arabs to pay depended on their success as slave hunters.”

SOURCE: The River War (chapter 1, page 7) by Winston Churchill, year 1899

QUOTE 3 OF 7:

Foremost of the leaders of the revolt [in Sudan around year 1884] were the Arab slave dealers, furious at the attempted suppression of their trade.

SOURCE: The River War (chapter 2, page 27) by Winston Churchill, year 1899 CE

QUOTE 4 OF 7:

“Slavery was a flourishing institution in Arabia in the 1920s, and for several decades thereafter. It was not formally abolished in the Kingdom until 1962. The pilgrimage was the main source. Nigerians and Sudanese would sell their children in Mecca to help pay for their journey home, and the slave trade was one traditional source of the shareefs’ wealth.”

“In Nejd every emir and sheikh had at least one black family living in his household, and their children were assigned as playmates to the children in the household of their age and sex, growing up with them and often becoming their close companions in adult life.”

“When Prince Faisal ibn Abdul Aziz visited New York [City] in [year] 1944 [CE], the management of the Waldorf Astoria [hotel] were shocked that he brought his slave Merzouk with him.”

SOURCE: The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Sa'ud
(chapter 22, page 177) by Robert Lacey, published in year 1981 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, ISBN-10: 0006365094 ISBN-13: 978-0006365099

QUOTE 5 OF 7:

“The government [of Saudi Arabia] hurriedly purchased the freedom of 4,000-or-so slaves in the kingdom [of Saudi Arabia] for £1,000 each, more than three-times the going rate-per-head in the Buraymi market, and shrugged-off questions as to why, at every UN debate on the subject up until the autumn of [year] 1962, Sa’udi delegates had strenuously denied the existence of any slavery in their country.”

SOURCE: The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Sa'ud
(chapter 37, page 345) by Robert Lacey, published in 1981 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York,

MICROBIOGRAPHY FROM WIKIPEDIA:
“Robert Lacey (born 3 January 1944) is a British historian and biographer.
He is the author of a number of bestselling biographies, including those of Henry Ford, Eileen Ford and Queen Elizabeth II, as well as works of popular history.”

QUOTE 6 OF 7:
“The missionaries were particularly appalled by the slave trade in Africa. Although slavery had been outlawed in Britain and the importation of slaves was illegal in the United States, an active slave trade continued between Africa and the Arab nations. The missionaries wanted to create other commercial ventures so that Africans could make a living without being dependent on this odious system.”

SOURCE: South Africa: 1880 to the Present (chapter 3, page 44) by Bruce and Becky Durost Fish, year 2001 CE, Chelsea House Publishers, Philadelphia,

QUOTE 7 OF 7:
Brigitte Gabriel said:
“Mohammed himself owned dozens of slaves. His followers continue to do so today.”

SOURCE: They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (chapter 9, page 183) by Brigitte Gabriel, year 2008, year 2010, St. Martin’s Press, 288 pages

grey said...

the unbelievable, colossal gall of these people.

Major Major said...

Boris Johnson is an American citizen, born in New York City.

He is descended from slaves. How much should he get by way of reparations?

Anonymous said...

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Edward Cline said...

It was almost a laugh-fest while reading Daniel's exposure of the corruption and hypocrisy of the doyens of "reparations." Ta-Nehisi Coates? I'm not even sure what planet he's from. I remember Danny Glover more from the sequel to Predator then from Lethal Force, the checks he must have received from those cinematic bombs must certainly have "oppressed" him, and made him an authority on the Civil War and Reconstruction and the Atlantic crossings of slave ships from West Africa, where his ancestors were captured by black tribes and sold to white slave captains for transport to the American East Coast. I'm betting that nary a word will be spoken of the much larger slave racket run by the Muslims on the East Coast of Africa, when millions died in captivity en route to slavery under Islam. Finally, I accept no guilt for past slavery in this country. I was never a slave owner, and, as I told a black actor in Colonial Williamsburg years ago, he was never a slave (though his remote ancestors might have been, so what?). Having an ancestor who was a slave does not entitle living, free blacks to free money from anyone, especially not from whites whose own remote ancestors were never slave owners. The whole reparations scam is an exercise in collectivist group identity politics, with a Marxist twist. Stalin tried -- successfully it seems -- to enslave and eliminate the Kulaks of Russia. It's the same horrible policy.

Anonymous said...

Dems. should be allowed a stupidity quota as ‘reparations’ but no more. For those who abuse their quota I would recommend a stupidity privilige check training course. (mandatory for AOC, methinks)

Anonymous said...

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, and Danny Glover need to be told go to hell. Very soon, this countries survival will depend on it. The University of Houston has a pipeline to tax payer money, via Elwyn C. Lee, which connects directly to Shelia Jackson, where she can funnel millions of tax payer dollars to the U of Houston. In return, Elwyn C. Lee, get a made up job, which pays three times what the median salary at the U of Houston. If anyone need to go to jail, it’s Shelia Jackson and her grifter husband.

Bobbi said...

If I am not mistaken, it was Black slave traders in Africa, selling out their fellow men to slavery. These people were bought by Southern Democrats to toil on their plantations.

So, it would be far more fitting for Black Democrats to be paying any reparations to anyone, instead of people whose lineage had nothing to do with it.

Anonymous said...

One of the biggest slave traders of the 1800s was Tipoo Tib, a black converted Mohammedan who for most of that century enslaved East African blacks from his base in Zanzibar, selling them to the Arab and Mideastern trade.
A biography, mostly in his own words, is available on Kindle for 99 cents. Title is Tipoo Tib.
Many other sources (Wikipedia, Britannica, etc), supress or discount the evil of his career as a slave trader.
John in Indy

Anonymous said...

First, we’d have to accept inherited guilt or
victim-hood, an absurd idea.

Second, we’d need scrupulously proven pedigrees
of every citizen. How far back?

Third, we’d need a minutely detailed biography
of each ancestor, including motivation for
all their actions.

Fourth, if we even did part of the three steps
above, just think of all that delicious data
at the arbitrary summons of future SJWs. Whose
ancestor was a Scalping Indian, Barbary Pirate,
Marauding Viking, Murderous Mogul, Genocidal Turk?
How many would claim “pure” victim ancestry?

Fifth, such a retrospective civilization will
consume itself with vindictiveness, guilt, bitter
“equalizations”. No room left for positive
sum games, originality, creativity, joy.

Charlie

Rich Vail said...

My 4 x great grandfather and 5 of his 6 brothers, none of whom ever owned slaves were all killed at the battle of Picket Mills, GA. They fought in an Ohio Volunteer Regiment. If descendants of slaves are demanding reparations, then they owe me and my family blood money for the lives of our father's who died to free them. Its that simple.

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