Hello... I'm JImmy C. Cameron, aka "HUSHMO," the Host of The Hushmo Black Forum. The FORUM engage in social commentary on a range of issues affecting Americans of African descent.
I want to applaud the President on a great State of the Union speech. Anytime the President of the United States make "economic inequality" a high priority it's a plus.
Everyone in Washington, DC seem to be looking for a solution, but find it almost impossible solve.
I add my input to part of that solution in my new book.
Tell us what you think below.
In looking at the economic divide challenges that is front and center on the country’s conscious today, for Americans of African descent, the problem of economic inequality is so hard to solve because no one wants to deal with, nor admit to, the root cause of it.
In my book "RACISM and HATE: an AMERICAN REALITY" I make the case that "racism" through the discriminatory "separate but equal laws" that were codified into national law in the "Plessey v Ferguson" case in 1896, injured Americans of African descent economically for over 90 years after the Civil War. In 1954 when "Brown V Board of Education" set aside “Plessey", myself, along with, at that time, about 25 million Americans of African descent were due "financial reparation."
The injuries suffered were broad ranging, but none more devastating than the outright denial of real estate in any significant quantity. In 1866 the United States Congress passed into law the "Southern Homestead Act" setting side 46,000,000 acres of land in five southern states to provide the 4.5 million newly freed Americans a foundation from which they could better assimilate into the larger society. The whites in the South fought
against the "Southern Homestead Act" for 10 years claiming that it was somehow a “wealth redistribution scheme.” In 1876 the "Southern Homestead Act" was repealed by the US Congress and 43,000,000 acres of the property went back to
the federal government.
The black community never recovered from that initial denial of real estate.
From 1876 a long list of discriminatory practices was put in place that we point out in the book.
Thurgood Marshall and his legal team did not petition the court for “financial reparations" in 1954 was due mainly to threats of further racial
tension in the South or in other words threats of "racial terrorism." The fact that no petition for financial reparation was made to the court still did not prevent the "racial violence" that continued through the civil rights movement of the late 1950s and early 1960s I further make the argument that Americans of African descent
born prior to 1954 were directly injured by the laws codified by "Plessey " and any solution to their economic plight today has to include "financial reparations" from the "government" whose laws inflicted the wounds.
~Jimmy C. Cameron