Submitted by Terence Blackett
“Skin is a wrapper for the soul’s Earth experience. […]The wrappers are beautifully diverse – the souls are ONE” – Kathleen Cross #1Planet1PPL
In 1884, one of the most influential Caucasian #AmeriKKKan scholars of the time, Nathanial Southgate Shaler, a Harvard scientist and prolific sociological writer on race relations wrote in the Atlantic Magazine: “There can be no sort of doubt that judged by the light of all experience, these people,” – BLACKS* – “are a danger to America, greater and more insuperable than any of those that menace the other great civilized states of the world.”
Sadly, 131 years on, this is still the sociopolitical thinking and narrative of our time based on the axiological ethics of so-called post-Enlightenment, pastmodern thinking. Then, like now, Black lives still don’t matter! So does it really resonate with the establishment when mass movements thunder #BlackLivesMatter? And if so, will Anglo-Saxon slavers and their beneficiaries pay financial & restorative restitution for the historical horrors of genocidal decimation of Black people around the world? Does #Reparations even matter anymore?
To answer to these historically complex questions warrant more than just hollow rhetoric, protest movements or political jockeying & lobbying for reparatory justice & restorative restitution. What happens then after the money is paid and the apology given – if Providence allows it all to transpire? What’s next? Where do we go from that point onwards? Who is left to clean up the mess in the aftermath of what psychic damage has been done?