it's a no-brainer

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I think reparation for blacks is a no brainer, everyone else has gotten it. I can think of a few things my wife and I could invest in, my family inherited the last name Lee from General Robert E. Lee’s plantation we have no idea of our real last name. If any one deserves reparation it’s my family. We have family reunions every two years and we try to make the best of it where the Lee roots come from. (Reparation! how can you but a price on it?) It does my heart well to know that there are white people who truly understand, and are willing to admit the wrong that was done to our forefathers and that it affects black people even today. Thank you CURE, for your God given discernment, wisdom, your boldness, and love to do the right thing. It’s people like you guys who make this world a little easier to live in, thank you!!! TLee

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We appreciate your words of encouragement. We know that reparations means much more than payment for past labor. The lingering effects of slavery are real and painful today, as you have expressed. Persons sometimes argue that Michael Jordan or Colin Powell don’t need reparations because they have “made it” in America. But I would venture to say that neither one of these prominent men would make a decision to bear the name of persons who enslaved their family, if they had a real choice. I would venture to say that even Oprah Winfrey would want to know her lineage and her mother tongue, if only she could. The point that you made about the indignity of carrying the name “Lee” is well made. At the international level this indignity is recognized as a violation of collective human rights. Reparations from the international perspective would begin with the UN recognizing and taking up the cause of the descendants of enslaved Africans who are today deprived of human rights. The good news is that this UN recognition has begun. The UN knows that original identity has been destroyed, and the descendants (referred to internationally as Afrodescendants) have been forced to assume the identity of their slavemasters. Today, across North America, Latin America and the Slavery Diaspora, the descendants of enslaved Africans (Afrodescendants) live not only as the poorest of the poor, but they live without being able to know their original family, language or culture. There is more information about UN recognition at AllForReparations.org. Reparations are due to all Afrodescendants. International recognition and collective political/legal status is underway. This recognition and political/legal status will empower Black people when dealing with the governments under which they live. It is a beginning step on the road to self determination and the dignity of a self-chosen identity.