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2019 Glyph Comics Award Winner (BEST COMIC STRIP OR WEBCOMIC)!
Rasheed, Muhammad. "From the Archives of Lessons Learned." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 15 Jul 2019. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.
Kurt Moehlenkamp - Does the thought of paying Reparations to the proven descendants of slaves mean anything? Isn't this a bit like putting a new coat of paint on a burned out house?
Muhammad Rasheed - You’re saying that giving the exploited American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS) the wealth that was plundered from them is the same as giving something valuable to something that is worthless. That’s a pretty harsh opinion of the people. It gives the impression that you’re judging the entire ethnic group based on the criminal class of the poorest, most uncouth members of the group. Naturally, I would expect you to protest were I to judge all white people based on your grimiest, most barbaric members in like fashion. Neither opinion would be fair.
I want you to remember that when the white exclusionary New Deal was enacted and the very uncouth poor whites were given free money and land by the U.S. government, every resource was provided to help them learn how to work that land and learn how to use the benefits provided for them. I would reasonably expect the same treatment for my own people.
The point of Reparations, in repairing the astronomical wrong of anti-Black systemic racism, is to close the artificially created racial wealth gap and to make the two groups economically equal.
Kurt Moehlenkamp - My point is more to the root of the delusion that people living today owe anything to anyone. If you track the path back a fair piece of profit was being collected on the backs of those future slaves by the other tribes that would traffic in them and sell them to the white man. Why are we not seeing those countries for billions. Then look into pursuing China for reparations to all who live in the modern day middle east and eastern Europe. Or perhaps the great Zulu nation for genocide. Man has had a long history over slavery and killing, everywhere not just here.
Muhammad Rasheed - Kurt wrote: “My point is more to the root of the delusion that people living today owe anything to anyone.”
No one owed the poor whites anything at all, and yet the U.S. gov spent a thousand thousand fortunes giving them free money and land to grow the white middle class and allow them to have great lives. And the gov did all of this while inflicting forced jim crow segregation on the same ADOS community they refused to pay the Reparations they owed to them for slavery, sharecropping, the white hate group domestic terror lynching campaign, and the slavery 2.0 of mass incarceration.
MEDIUM: Scanned pen & ink cartoon drawing w/Adobe Photoshop color.
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