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Bernie Sanders says he is for reparations for slavery

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has decided to enter the heated debate over reparations for the American slave trade and its aftereffects. At a recent campaign appearance at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Sanders let the predominantly Black audience in on his feelings. Sanders is quoted as saying. “There’s nothing that anybody can do to undo the deaths and misery, how many people we don’t even know who died on the way over here in the ships. But the United States has to make an attempt to ‘wipe the slate clean’ by acknowledging the truth.” When a member of the audience asked him if he’d ever offer a presidential apology Sanders responded “Yes”.  He went on to state “Truth is not always an easy thing. And a lot of things that we have done in this country that are shameful, we’ve gotta recognize that.” The United States government has never officially apologized for slavery, even with President Obama in office.  An attempt was made several years ago but the Senate could not agree on the wording of the resolution.

Sanders stated he does not believe that Black Americans should be given a check for reparations; he did state that he favors aid and additional funding to low income communities. Sanders stated, “As everybody in this room knows, what we’re seeing in many African-American communities, outrageously high levels of unemployment, inadequate education, inadequate healthcare. I think what we have got to do as a nation is invest in those communities who need that…investment the most. Communities with long-term structural issues should become the communities that receive the highest priority for federal assistance. Let us make sure that in every way, federal funding goes to those communities who need it the most. In most cases, though those areas are inhabited by Blacks.”

Sanders previously has stated that the issue of cash reparation payments directly to Blacks is dead as legislation in the US Senate. His position on reinvestment into the community is similar to what Hillary Clinton has proposed.

 



58 Comments

  1. shellyTheGreat on April 8, 2016 at 11:05 am

    This is NOT reparations. This sounds like more government assistance. Black people want a CHECK for our ancestors’ misery, our stolen culture, and this generational curse. We want a chance to clean up our communities on OUR terms. Leaving it up to the government to decide what to do with the reparations is like not getting reparations at all, because history has shown us that the government is not willing to risk doing anything that will collectively advance black americans. if he’s not talking about giving us all a check, he’s not saying nothin.

    • guest on April 8, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Yeah ask the Native Americans about leaving it to the government to decide but at least he had the courage to even suggest any type of reparations. None of the other candidates would even touch this subject unless to dismiss the notion.

      • shellyTheGreat on April 8, 2016 at 2:27 pm

        yeah, he is definitely more understanding than many other politicians, and i like that. but what he’s pretty much doing is offering crumbs when others have offered us nothing. and i don’t want the crumbs either, i want what we’re owed. And honestly, black people are in a position where i don’t think reparations will be the answer to all our problems, because our mentalities are too messed up and most of us will probably end up handing the money back over to whites through buying a bunch of unnecessary crap. but still, if the topic of reparations comes up, people need to be honest about what we are owed and not let politicians use tricky language to fool us.

        • Portia2708 on April 8, 2016 at 5:31 pm

          My dear young lady, there is NO way that ANY congress, regardless of what party is in charge is EVER, and I do mean EVER going to write all blacks a check…our country is in financial difficulties…we need major infrastructure overhauls and educational reforms. And, by the by, many major cities are run by blacks and those cities are going bankrupt…BUT, I suppose that is Whitey’s fault too…do what every other minority group has done in the past…work together as a group to make changes and STOP making demands on others and yelling that you are entitled…it won’t work

          • shellyTheGreat on April 9, 2016 at 2:05 am

            are you white?



          • M2thadsr on April 11, 2016 at 3:45 pm

            You know they are! They do not understand the Epidemics and destruction that the US Government has placed in the Black community from Crack to end Black Panther Movement to the murder of Our Leaders from Dr King on down!
            Research COINTELPRO and learn a little something or better yet watch the PBS documentary “SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME” Please learn something besides the BS that they teach you in whitewashed books.
            REAL & ACCURATE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY IS NEEDED IN SCHOOLS and not this fiction they are teaching! Hell TX is teaching that slaves were migratory workers in the history books now! That is the reality of what is going on in this country!
            White people are afraid that as Blacks reach higher and higher levels in society that somehow they are losing there rights which is BS! But with Whites only making up 10% of the world Population it is only a matter of time before they become the minority in this country as they already are the minority in US Public Schools across the nation!



          • shellyTheGreat on April 12, 2016 at 12:03 am

            i totally agree.



          • thinkclearly68 on May 7, 2016 at 10:42 pm

            The Black Panthers are thugs.



          • Jason on April 13, 2016 at 11:45 am

            Shelly – you are correct, but trying to convince suspected white supremacist and coons is a losing battle. Even the beloved MLK Jr. said Blacks were and are owed a check by this government for the injustices suffered. Reparations are owed and due!



          • shellyTheGreat on April 13, 2016 at 4:34 pm

            right on.



          • KAREN IRVING on April 20, 2016 at 12:36 pm


          • thinkclearly68 on May 7, 2016 at 10:45 pm

            You are owed NOTHING! Your ancestors, yes. You absolutely not. You should be grateful you were born in this great country. You want money? Earn it like the rest of us. We are ALL equal. Black or white.



          • Teri Key on April 20, 2016 at 8:05 pm

            WOW ! Hmmm ! ARE YOU WHITE ???? so the ” F ” if she or he is ! you divider LEARN HISTORY reparations ” you say ! or pay back for your ancestors !! Hey !! if they want reparation go after the family of the first slave owner their own !! America’s first slave owner was a black man. By 1830 there were 3,775 black families living in the South who owned black slaves. By 1860 there were about 3,000 slaves owned by black households in the city of New Orleans alone.Many blacks sold themselves to white masters so they would not have to go to Africa !!! The Forgotten Slaves: Whites in Servitude in Early America and they buy Black slaves from African chieftains! , they sold their own White working class kindred (“the surplus poor” as they were known) from the streets and towns of England, into slavery. Tens of thousands of these White slaves were kidnapped children. In fact the very origin of the word kidnapped is kid-nabbed, the stealing of White children for enslavement. SO DO WE RANT AND RAVE AND EXPECT MONEY ? NO !!!!! PAST History !!! get off your poor me for you were not slaves !!! and what happened then is NOT NOW !!!! for the LOVE of money is the root of ALL evil and those who prey upon past History need to KNOW THAT HISTORY !!! Hey ! I could be one of those ancestors of the ( surplus poor ) where’s my check ??/ And Muslims today own 27 millions black slaves !! BOOM Obama ! and the brotherhoods



          • thinkclearly68 on May 7, 2016 at 10:41 pm

            Seems we did you all a favor. Would you still want to be living in the jungles of Africa? You’re welcome.



          • shellyTheGreat on May 8, 2016 at 5:23 pm

            if you cracked open a book every now and then, you would know that there’s more jungle in other parts of the world, like parts of europe and even florida, than in africa…africa is grassland and desert. You’re welcome.



          • WixosTrix on April 10, 2016 at 3:29 pm

            The black community has worked together to create our own many times in the past and white folks have quite literally torn them down every time. So don’t come with that BS. Learn about black history in this country.



          • Guest on April 12, 2016 at 11:22 am

            Reparations for descendants of African slaves is a very real thing and is a topic of discussion in the United Nations but you’re right us congress would never approve any such act, although they have for descendants of holocaust survivors. Countries like Brazil also have given reparations to descendants of African slaves.



          • thinkclearly68 on May 7, 2016 at 10:47 pm

            We are not under the United Nations. No reparations. Earn your money.



          • H Town Psych on May 16, 2016 at 10:56 am

            “Earn your money.” What? Like white planters did? Oh, wait. They “earned” their money off the backs of slaves. That money then established the economy that allowed your ancestors to escape their oppressive conditions in Europe.



        • mike on April 10, 2016 at 4:23 pm

          Don’t you think that investment in black communities in areas like education (esp higher education) will have longer-lasting effects?

          • shellyTheGreat on April 11, 2016 at 1:40 am

            absolutely. but like i said, the way the funds are spent need to be on OUR terms, not plans according to what a politician thinks is best for us. education is definitely a part of building up a community, but that’s only one part. i’d argue that job opportunities is even more important. there are several things that we need to do to improve the race.



          • Jason on April 13, 2016 at 11:48 am

            No. Pay up as reparations for the injustices suffered are owed. Those who already have high-educations and jobs/businesses won’t benefit from giving some institution of “higher learning” money. Blacks need to learn to build, grow and support their own businesses.



          • thinkclearly68 on May 7, 2016 at 10:48 pm

            Get your own money. Not a penny of mine.



          • KAREN IRVING on April 20, 2016 at 12:36 pm

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JErESW-CQI CK UN DOCUMENTS EDUCATION NOT ENOUGH



      • KAREN IRVING on April 20, 2016 at 12:38 pm

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JErESW-CQI AFRICANS WERE HERE BEFORE NATIVE INDIANS DO YOUR HISTORY STUDY BOOK READ BEFORE THE MAYFLOWER LERONE BENNETT

    • Rand Stand on April 12, 2016 at 7:34 am

      Shelly, you’re Great, but, please consider this in your calculated reasoning:

      If every black person gets a check from the government to make up for the disgusting institution of slavery and its after effects, where will the money come from?

      Surely the government will print the money and add it to the debt.

      Somebody will say stuff like “take it from the rich” or some stuff like that, but at the end of the day, it will result in more debt. period.

      Future generations of black people will be forced to pay this debt off, in the form of higher taxation.

      They will cash in their time, the hours of their life, for money. The government will take the fruits of their labor – their money. Valuable, precious, time, that they will never get back, will be taken from them. In a certain way, the government is taking their life. Not directly, but indirectly.

      Also, what happens to the value of something when suddenly there is MORE of it? … It loses value, right? If the government all of a sudden prints billions and billions of dollars out of thin air, the money in the savings and checking accounts of black people will have less value and will buy less stuff.

      At the end of the day, isn’t it immoral and damaging to load up future generations of unborn people with debt because the present generation wants to get something for free?

      Nothing is free. Financial reparations could end up being just another set of ‘golden chains’ – looks pretty, but weighs us down and constricts us – sacrificing tomorrow’s prosperity of the unborn in the name of comfort and proliferance for the living.

      • shellyTheGreat on April 12, 2016 at 3:46 pm

        in a perfect world, the government would not print the money out of this air, but would instead redirect funds from one place to another. this is a wealthy country, i know there are things the government could stop funding so that they can fund our reparations. but this government doesn’t care enough about black people to do anything like that. may i ask, are you a white person?

        • thinkclearly68 on May 7, 2016 at 10:49 pm

          You get NOTHING. You might as well accept it. You are owed nothing either.

          • shellyTheGreat on May 8, 2016 at 5:17 pm

            i’m not asking YOU for anything, creep.



          • Rick McFadden III on May 9, 2016 at 2:53 pm

            Actually, you are….. You are just not that great or bright or you??



          • shellyTheGreat on May 9, 2016 at 6:45 pm

            actually, i’m not. shut up.



    • Bone Headed on April 13, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Keep dreaming. Being a professional victim will never be a paid job. Maybe try a Go Fund Me or Kickstarter…doesn’t seem below you to do so…

      • shellyTheGreat on April 13, 2016 at 4:39 pm

        listen bonehead, if someone does a job for you, that person is usually PAID for it. Black people want to be reimbursed for the years of labor their people were forced to do, which made this country and europe into some of the wealthiest places in the world. if you think that people who did all of that for free are just being victims or begging, then we have nothing else to talk about, just go back to tmz or stormfront.

    • KAREN IRVING on April 20, 2016 at 12:35 pm
    • Rick McFadden III on May 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Get a job, there is your check!! Reparations from the white people? Did you fall on your head or something?? BLACKS owned the first BLACK slaves in this country and guess what you moron, BLACKS captured them and sold them to the white man!! AND hold on, let’s check and see, YUP, BLACKS STILL HAVE BLACK SLAVES in your slums of a homeland…..LEARN your REAL black history first, then try running your cumsucker shellyNOTSOgreat!!

      I’m Irish and Cherokee, ever see us riot and destroy our own neighborhoods? NO you don’t!! Wanna know why? Cuz we don’t expect nor do we want a hand out!! Again, Ms. shellyTHEilliterate, check your history and you’ll LEARN that BOTH sides of my ancestors had much worse then yours did. I’m sick and tired of blacks running their mouths about how unfair everything is or was and how they think we should just hand everything to them.

      Get an education, pick your “battle” and begin to make changes that way. EARN what you get, that way you’ll feel better about it and yourself!!

      • shellyTheGreat on May 9, 2016 at 6:45 pm

        i read the first couple lines, saw that your goal was to be insulting, and stopped. save your ignorant essays for someone who cares about your opinion.

  2. Shrijss Do'arn on April 8, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Reparations? For what? The slavers LOST the Civil War. The Confederacy is no longer in existence. Why should the government that abolished slavery make reparations? Were not the quarter-million Union soldiers who died in combat payment enough?

    • Scott Hughston on April 9, 2016 at 11:45 am

      The civil war was not waged as a moral battle against slavery. The emancipation proclamation only freed slaves in southern states. It was an economic tactic. The trauma of the unthinkable crime of slavery in this country still lives on to this day and racism is still a huge problem in our country. To deny it and claim that nothing needs to be done is terribly ignorant. It needs to be addressed, thoroughly, and yesterday.
      New gov’t assistance programs could be helpful, but are not a solution. Yes, the money should be put directly into the hands of black families and communities, but the amount that this will help in the long-run is very limited if the police and prison systems continue to operate as they are. The entire justice system needs to be overhauled, as it is effectively a thinly-veiled system of slavery. Black people are being policed and funneled into prisons at disproportionate rates that can only be explained by recognizing that we still live in a white supremacist society.

      • Shrijss Do'arn on April 10, 2016 at 2:12 pm

        The slave owners are dead. The slave traders are dead. The government that supported slavery is gone (as long as we keep the democrats in check). No one living and/or working today had any involvement in slavery. Many of us don’t even have any ancestors that engaged in slavery in America. Reparations were paid in the blood of the soldiers who died.
        If you spend too much time living in the past, you will only rob yourself of your future. We are each responsible for our own actions and not for those of anyone else. I refuse to let my taxes be wasted on phony reparations for something that happened before my family even came to this wonderful country.

    • shellyTheGreat on April 9, 2016 at 11:45 am

      what?!?!?!?!?! please open a history book, because you are clearly misinformed on the REAL REASON the civil war was fought. SMH.

    • Jason Williams on April 9, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      “Why should the government that abolished slavery make reparations? “.
      Slavery was ONLY 100 years ago so basically that money is very much alive and has been converted to modern businesses. USA made around 100 trillion dollars of free labor from blacks.Estimations of the cost for reparation payments exceed the amounts of 14 trillion dollars. Probably why it hasn’t happened yet.

      • Rick McFadden III on May 9, 2016 at 2:59 pm

        I’ll tell you what, show me the slave duties YOU performed and I’ll pay you!!! Once again here is someone trying to get something handed to them for something they did NOT do……. Grow up and take responsibility for YOURSELF!!

        • Jason Williams on May 9, 2016 at 5:28 pm

          Take responsibility as in get hired within a company? Since I am a relative of those who were enslaved does that mean I’m not entitled to whats owed?

  3. Jacob Anders on April 9, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Helping out all poor areas regardless of color is not reparations, Mo Barnes, you Hillary supporting hack of a “writer”. If you tried using google, you’d know Bernie’s stance!

    • Issac Abrams on April 9, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Its a effing racist comment, we dont want govt handouts

      • Jacob Anders on April 9, 2016 at 10:36 pm

        That is not true. Investments into schools and better police forces will improve our most poverty stricken communities. The invisible hand of capitalism ain’t workin.

  4. Issac Abrams on April 9, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Sanders comment is insulting, and they sitting there clapping like seals. He’s just adding to the stigma that blacks want handouts from the gov’t. But he’s a racist pos, anyway. He already inferred that all blacks live in ghetto

    • Ann Anderson on April 9, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      Wow you need some education and to be truly informed on Senator Sanders platform. He is the antithesis to racism of any kind. You have, just like the mainstream media, taken his words out of context. He never meant that all blacks live in ghettos and you know that, otherwise you are, once again, misinformed.

  5. Bone Headed on April 13, 2016 at 11:11 am

    How about reparations for the people that lived in good/safe neighborhoods…until they were taken over by African Americans? Oh right, Sanders lives in Vermont…the whitest state in the country. Why would he be concerned about that…

    Look at what’s going on in Chicago right now:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3537205/Protests-erupt-Chicago-police-officer-shoots-dead-16-year-old-black-teen-foot-chase-led-armed-confrontation.html

    Trump2016!

  6. Ashley on April 14, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    THE WAY iSEE IT IM AFRICAN AMERICAN .. BLACK PEOPLE THINK EVERYTHING IS ( O W E D ) TO THEM IF YOU REALLY WANT TO KNO THEY ARE 40% OF THE PROBLEM THATS IN AMERICA WITH THEIR FOOD STAMPS SECTION 8 HOUSING ,, HAVING KIDS JUST TO GET A CHECK EVERY MONTH INSTEAD OF WORKING IM SICK OF IT .. IF THE GOV DRUGED TEST THESE 45MILLION PEOPLE THAT ARE ON FOODSTAMPS WE WOULDNT BE IN A DEPT CRISIS BUT WHO COULD TAKE CARE OF ALL THE CHILDREN THAT WOULD BE IN THE ADOPTION AGENCY? THIS COUNTRY IS SAD BUT ITS NOT JUS BLACK PEOPLE DONT GET ME WRONG WHITE PEOPLE THINK NO ONE IS ABOVE THEM AS WELL EVERY RACE HAS ITS ISSUES EVERY RACE !

  7. PEGIDA USA on April 16, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Why do Europeans hate themselves so much? I know Germany will forever have Guilt for Hitler’s Third Reich but come on. LET IT GO! YOU had nothing to do with it. You do not owe anyone ANYTHING.
    Americans suffer from White Guilt too. I lost it this week when Bernie Sanders stated African Americans would receive reparations for the slavery atrocity when he’s president. I guess Bernie’s old enough to have owned slaves but we’re not.
    I say, “You never picked my cotton and I never whipped you…I owe you nothing.”
    Europe Stop flooding your countries with the cesspool of refugees all in the name of multiculturalism disguised as humanitarianism.
    Stop hating yourself. Embrace YOUR culture before there’s nothing left of it.
    Remember…Blondes have more fun!

  8. KAREN IRVING on April 20, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    BLACK OWNED NEWS MEDIA AND RADIO STATIONS UNDER A FEDERAL ACT OF REPARATIONS ,THE REMOVAL OF REDLINING ,SECTION 8 UPGRADING TO RENTS EQUAL TO GENTRIFICATION ,WITHOUT THAT THE STAKES OF HOMELESSNESS IS HIGH Sanders previously has stated that the issue of cash reparation payments directly to Blacks is dead as legislation in the US Senate. His position on reinvestment into the community is similar to what Hillary Clinton has proposed.HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD GRANT ALLOCATED JUSTICE :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JErESW-CQI

  9. KAREN IRVING on April 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    LERONE BENNETT BEFORE THE MAYFLOWER The black experience in America—starting from its origins in western Africa up to the present day—is examined in this seminal study from a prominent African American figure. The entire historical timeline of African Americans is addressed, from the Colonial period through the civil rights upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. The most recent scholarship on the geographic, social, economic, and cultural journeys of African Americans, together with vivid portraits of key black leaders, complete this comprehensive reference. http://www.amazon.com/Before-Mayflower-History-Black-America/dp/0874850002

  10. KAREN IRVING on April 20, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVX1QPI9BxA Published on Feb 12, 2013

    This video’s purpose is to stress to Africans in America and the world that our history did not start with slavery in the New World. The Ancient Ancestors of Egypt and West Africa traveled to the New World, traded and exchanged cultural ideas with the inhabitants. This irrefutable and historical fact is very important to the African psyche here in America. We have to put down this propaganda that has branded us as “inferior” in all important areas of life and defend and challenge it with undeniable truth. Please read Ivan Sertima’s book “They Came before Columbus” as a starting point on this untold story.

    WEB Dubois quote “In propaganda against the Negro since emancipation in this land,” Du Bois lamented, “we face one of the most stupendous efforts the world ever saw to discredit human beings, an effort involving universities, history, science, social life and religion.

    No infringement of copyright is intended in any way under DMCA, under the terms of fair use for education. NO PROFIT is made by me on any material contained herein. This video is for educational purposes only.

  11. KAREN IRVING on April 20, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America by Ivan Va… http://www.amazon.com/dp/0394402456/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_Zh7fxb1YYVY4J via @amazon
    They Came Before Columbus reveals a compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Africans in ancient America. Examining navigation and shipbuilding; cultural analogies between Native Americans and Africans; the transportation of plants, animals, and textiles between the continents; and the diaries, journals, and oral accounts of the explorers themselves, Ivan Van Sertima builds a pyramid of evidence to support his claim of an African presence in the New World centuries before Columbus. Combining impressive scholarship with a novelist’s gift for storytelling, Van Sertima re-creates some of the most powerful scenes of human history: the launching of the great ships of Mali in 1310 (two hundred master boats and two hundred supply boats), the sea expedition of the Mandingo king in 1311, and many others. In They Came Before Columbus, we see clearly the unmistakable face and handprint of black Africans in pre-Columbian America, and their overwhelming impact on the civilizations they encountered.Amazon.com Review

    This controversial book by Ivan Van Sertima, the Guyanese historian, linguist, and anthropologist, claims that Africans had been to the New World centuries before Columbus arrived there in 1492. Citing–among other things–the huge Negroid-looking Olmec heads of Central Mexico and the similarities between the Aztec and Egyptian calendars and pyramid structures, Van Sertima pieces together a hidden history of pre-Columbian contact between Africans and Native Americans. He also puts forth the possibility that Columbus may have already known about a route to the Americas from his years in Africa as a trader in Guinea. The ideas in this book have been debated and discussed since its first publication in 1976; even those who choose not to believe Van Sertima’s theories should take his argument seriously. –Eugene Holley, Jr. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

  12. Teri Key on April 20, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    reparations ” you say !Hey !! if they want reparation go after the family of the first slave owner their own !! America’s first slave owner was a black man. By 1830 there were 3,775 black families living in the South who owned black slaves. By 1860 there were about 3,000 slaves owned by black households in the city of New Orleans alone.Many blacks sold themselves to white masters so they would not have to go to Africa !!! The Forgotten Slaves: Whites in Servitude in Early America and they buy Black slaves from African chieftains! , they sold their own White working class kindred (“the surplus poor” as they were known) from the streets and towns of England, into slavery. Tens of thousands of these White slaves were kidnapped children. In fact the very origin of the word kidnapped is kid-nabbed, the stealing of White children for enslavement. SO DO WE RANT AND RAVE AND EXPECT MONEY ? NO !!!!! PAST History !!! get off your poor me for you were not slaves !!! and what happened then is NOT NOW !!!! for the LOVE of money is the root of ALL evil and those who prey upon past History need to KNOW THAT HISTORY !!! Hey ! I could be one of those ancestors of the ( surplus poor ) where’s my check ??/ And Muslims today own 27 millions black slaves !! BOOM Obama ! and the brotherhoods

  13. Ren on April 28, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    It is doubtful that the Federal Government would write a check to every African American in America, for what was done to ancestors in the past; just like they would never write a check to every Native American in America today for what was done to their Ancestors in the past. The Federal Government can do programs like Well-fair, Food Stamps, Low Income Rent assistance, etc. but living on the Government comes with a price for the people on assistance, as some people have pointed out in other comments, it is clear that the entire needs of Human beings can never be met solely on Government assistance programs.

    The Government cannot give love, cannot give teachings to young people, cannot guide young people; and all Human beings no matter our skin color NEED to be told we are Worthy, we CAN achieve, WE CAN succeed.

    Apologies have been given before, even to Real ex-slaves, but without the Care and guidance of the Human Element, not just Government programs, Human beings are isolated.

    There are no easy answers for those who feel disenfranchised from society, be it socially or business wise. But, I have seen programs from organizations not government related, help people over come the back ground they grew up in and become well rounded people, successful in all walks of their lives.

    I personally would like to see more people actually care and reaching out to their neighbors!

    Any thing the Federal Government comes up with, cannot ever really give people the Personal Care and the personal touch of , we are here to help because we care about you!

    When deadly tornado’s ripped through out State in 2011 most of the Cities and Communities took very little Government Grants, we raised the money together, we rebuilt homes and businesses together, and built them better than they were before!

    I sincerely hope that for every person who needs helping, neighbor hands, finds the support they need!

    I did not come from riches, I grew up working along side my parent’s and grandparent’s helping with the garden, and helping with the harvest. We canned food, and had live stock that Granddad would take to the butcher house. I had to apply for scholarships and get financial aid loans to go to University. I worked hard and studied to keep my grades up and graduate early so that I could get a full time job!

    I hope that the Government would work with the Communities and help people who are descendants of Slaves to better themselves in all areas of their lives, from Home to Work.

    May we all be successful in all areas of our lives!