h&f 0025 Essay: “Two Times Faux is Faux”

The short essay, “Two Times Faux Is Faux,” first published on now defunct and sorely missed Africana.com, is at the footer of this post.

But, first, I’d like to thank Lola Adesioye, writer for The Guardian: You’ve not let this U.S. apology “for the enslavement and racial segregation of African-Americans” go by without pointing out what distinguishes it from other State apologies. I believe this is the only one with no teeth. I’m not for an apology, but if we’re going to give one, let’s carry it through the paces of the normal logic of the statesman. Instead, Adesioye notes:

“While the resolution expresses a commitment “to rectify the lingering consequences of the misdeeds committed against African-Americans under slavery and Jim Crow and to stop the occurrence of human rights violations in the future” it does not set out when, how and in what form this will take place.”

I would that the U.S. apply some Marshall Plan thought to the reconciliation among the races in the country, thought that would have each of us seeing any group that happens to be behind the curve as a vital part of our sustainable future.  After WWII, the US was rich, but had left its major potential trading partners in ruins.  So, this “handout,” preceded by billions of dollars in investment not falling under the Marshall Plan banner, actually was for our benefit.  Can the country survive at its best with a 13% deficit, 13% being the African-American population.  By Marshall Plan, I don’t mean reparations, but rather holistic, strategic community investment on behalf of the federal government, which, as all investments, would require clear accountability.  So, no, don’t worry about the individual black slacker.  He/She will be found out and join his/her compatriots of all colors.

In the meantime, a community, i.e. a vital component of national security and prosperity, would benefit from the infrastructure of achievement.  We don’t even have to do it on race terms.  Try creating a public school system that pays teachers real money, gives them professional standing equal to that of our most valued professions and fires them if they don’t perform.

Well, nuff poor man’s philosophy.  I would that you read this article, one that I wrote in 2002 for then Africana.com, now Blackvoices.com. The theme is still relevant as I juxtapose it here with Lola’s:



~ by ericjhenderson on August 1, 2008.

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