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2019 Glyph Comics Award Winner (BEST COMIC STRIP OR WEBCOMIC)!
Rasheed, Muhammad. "The Mother of All Flimsy Excuses." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 27 Jun 2019. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.
Daniel Kibbey - Does anyone really deserve reparations? After all is anyone even alive anymore that participated? Why or why not?
Muhammad Rasheed - That’s the equivalent of asking: “Does anyone deserve the compounded inherited wealth transfers they receive from their ancestry line over the generations?”
- Did you deserve the house your mom left you?
- Did you deserve the small business you received when your uncle passed on?
- Did you deserve those tuition fee payments your parents took care of for you? Or the college housing allowance?
- Did you deserve that car your grammy gifted you with on your 16th birthday?
- Did you deserve to have access to the $300,000 funds your dad provided to enable you to start your business?
This is what Reparations means—the restoring of my family’s stolen wealth... the righting of that wrong. The anti-Black slavery institution robbed the American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS) of the compounded inherited wealth transfers those families would have used for themselves to build up a legacy. The Reparations payout was designed to repair that fundamental wrong, but when the United States government reneged on paying that debt, they opted to compound MORE debt on top of it with an additional 150 yrs of anti-Black systemic racism that plundered even more wealth from ADOS communities to give to the white racist aristocracy.
The compounded wealth of my family needs to be restored to me. Your family lineage now hoards wealth that came from my exploited labor which you certainly did NOT deserve as it was a blatant theft. I don’t care if you hold onto it or not, but what needs to happen is that the artificially impoverished conditions of ADOS represented by the racial wealth gap must be fixed. The U.S. government needs to provide an estimated $2.5 trillion a year for ten years to the ADOS community until we have caught up economically with the white community so that true equality can be obtained.
I deserve to have that long overdue debt finally paid.
MEDIUM: Scanned pen & ink cartoon drawing w/Adobe Photoshop color.
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