The San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee recommends that the city give black residents a one-time payment of $5 million as reparations for slavery.
California wasn’t a slave state, but whatever! And the city doesn’t have the money, anyway.
Star Parker, founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, appeared on Straight Arrow News, to discuss this topic. She talks about her life, which she said was a mess and had nothing to do with her ancestors. Star said she didn’t need reparations to turn her life around. She needed a wake-up call.
Christians told Star that the way she was living was unacceptable to God. She found God and turned her life around.
“The problem with the idea of reparations is that it redirects attention away from an individual’s responsibility for their own unique lives,” she said. “And it redirects attention in such a way to encourage individuals to believe that a collective problem from the past is the cause of all their individual problems in the present.”
Restitution for damages is a legitimate principle, Star said, but only in the very real here and now, not when it’s pushed to the abstract past.
Reparations aren’t a counter to racism, Star said. Reparations and racism have more in common than people realize. How? Watch the full video at Straight Arrow News.