Here's a link to a study from Ohio state. In it, they ask the very simple question: "How much would you need to be paid to live the rest of your life as black?"
Most answered at or under $10K.
In contrast, they said they'd need to be paid about $1 million to give up TV fo rthe rest of their lives.
Although I don't disagree with the topic of the article, what exactly does that answer mean? You literally couldn't pay me enough money to change my race or live without TV. Their answer could be a result of a "lack of pride", "love of money" or any other thought.
I'm fine if any & all of you disagree with me, but what would you do to fix the problem?
Reparations strike me sort of like "Deport all the illegals" arguments. A shallow solution that sounds good for a half second before realizing that it's logistically impossible and time would be better spent on addressing the issue from a more systemic standpoint.
Me and Jophiel agree on something
A person raised in a (white) home and taught that he can succeed through hard work and personal accomplishment will tend to believe he can do this no matter what his skin color (and statistics for black children raised in "white" homes tends to bear this out). But someone raised in a home where he is taught constantly to accept as assumed truth that he cannot succeed on his own, that the deck is stacked against him, and that no one will treat him fairly purely because of his skin color, will be more likely to blame any failure he encounters on racism, and be more likely to give up when faced with any sort of failure. So bad grades in school, failing to get that first job, boss telling him he needs to work harder, cops pulling him over, all end out being interpreted within the lens of racism he's been taught to see everywhere. How can we not expect this to affect his outlook on the world around him and ultimately his own outcomes?
Although, this is true, that still doesn't neglect the current difference in treatment. The past few years, I've noticed a lot of unfair sociological treatment. Due to the fact that black Americans were stripped away from their culture, it's always been a goal to recreate something that is "black", i.e. the "black power movement". Something to call "ours" and be proud of it. When other cultures do it, they are accepted. When black people do it, it's frowned upon and called words like "ghetto".
"Ghetto" has a negative connotation to it and mostly things that are only done by black people are called "ghetto", even though the word isn't bound to a certain race.
I know it's unpopular, but I really do believe that the biggest cause of poverty and suffering by blacks in America is not white racism, but the actions of black leaders who seem to care more about using black suffering for their own benefit (and political ideology) than to actually do anything about that suffering. The cause is more important than the people in it. And that's why the people suffer.
Read above. While I don't deny that is often true, that isn't ALWAYS true.