Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson says whites should keep ‘individual reparations account’

Georgetown University professor and author Michael Eric Dyson says white people should keep an “individual reparations account” to make donations to black groups and atone for America’s history of slavery and racism.

Mr. Dyson was discussing his forthcoming book, “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America,” with New York Times Magazine when he touched on a subject in his book that talks about white people making reparations on the local and individual level.

The Times’ Ana Marie Cox said Mr. Dyson suggested donating to the United Negro College Fund or paying “the black person who cuts your grass double what you might ordinarily pay.”

“Look, if it doesn’t cost you anything, you’re not really engaging in change; you’re engaging in convenience,” Mr. Dyson said. “You’re engaged in the overflow. I’m asking you to do stuff you wouldn’t ordinarily do. I’m asking you to think more seriously and strategically about why you possess what you possess.

“That is what I meant by an I.R.A.: an individual reparations account,” he continued. “You ain’t got to ask the government, you don’t have to ask your local politician — this is what you, an individual, conscientious, ‘woke’ citizen can do.

45 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Roy Fredrichsen says:

    I have been hearing a lot of talk about reparations for some ancestors slavery that the blacks think whites of today should pay. I will pay a large amount of money to the first authentic ex-slave that I meet. Otherwise, the blacks of today are just barking up the wrong tree. Not all whites had slave-holding ancestors and some of our ancestors couldn’t afford even one slave. Bye’ y’all

  • Bob says:

    What about some of us white folks who can prove our families were NOT in this country during the period of slavery? My mothers family came to the US in 1904 and my fathers came in 1927. Since neither I nor any member of my family directly benefitted by the institution, why should I have to pay? Additionally, why should those who’s family were never in slavery be paid? Obama’s father was never a citizen, or even a resident of the US, and his mother was white. Are we going to pay him, too? Here’s a novel idea…WORK FOR WHAT YOU GET AN QUIT PUTTING YOUR DAMNED HAND OUT!

  • sox83cubs84 says:

    I actually contribute to my “personal reparations fund” once, sometimes twice a day. I go to my bathroom, sit down on the toilet, make a donation, and immediately send it to them via Federal Flush Express. I don’t think FFE is as dependable as FedEx itself but, hey, I’ve done my part.

  • sox83cubs84 says:

    This guy used to have a weekly column in the Chicago Sun-Times that was a complete waste of space. I thought he was a racist back then, and the only difference is that I KNOW he is a racist now.

  • Jimmie Cooper Boswell says:

    the constitution of the united state, and the constitutions of every state strictly prohibit blood liable. you cannot charge children and grandchildren for what their parents or grandparents allegedly did.
    and further more, i am not responsible for any act of G-D to enslave jews, blacks, whites or anyone else. who were enslaved, because of their own hostile activity against G-D. they reap what they sow, and i reap what i sow.
    our own physical judgment, is based on our own mental deed not the deeds of others. nor is there any blood liable, of the sins of the fathers inherited by their children. there, is no blood liable inherited by birth – corruption is taught, not inherited.
    every generation, rebels against the sins of their fathers. even if they, unwittingly rebel in the wrong direction.

  • MyRoseHasTHORNS says:

    When are they (non whites) going to pay for the damages to society and the fear they spread in making victims of the whites and or civilization.

    My sole additional white penalty payment would be having real teachers, tutors and delinquency enforcement. FREE education, required to used. If you wont or cant learn and refuse to act in a legal civilized manner, a banishment to protect society from you is necessary.

  • Liz Hamilton says:

    Mort Leith: I totally agree. But I add one more thing: I had nothing to do with what went on over 100 + years ago. I don’t know if all that is said to have took place actually went on. I only know what I have heard in history lessons. If our government lies to us, what is to keep the school text books from being propaganda. The black people living today were not so called slaves, just like I was not responsible for what they say went on. They have changed history books to tell their made up stories, make our caucasian children learn about them for one whole month and participate in their mediocre games, but yet they have taken away all of the sports caucasians began plus the Ms. America, even having their own Ms. Black America of which I might add whites cannot be in. All this guy wants to do is to stir up more trouble between the two races. Where does it all end? I DON’T OWE THEM ANYTHING,,ANYTHING,,ANYTHING! They can work for what they get just like I had to and my mama and daddy had to do. No!, all they want is a giveaway program and sit on their cans doing nothing but smoking and doping while we give them everything we work for. There are a lot of good, Christian black people who need to stand up with the whites and put a stop to all this.

  • 1Orchard-1955Arthur Tompkins says:

    Will it never end? Maybe we should pay “Reparations” to the Chinese, the Native Americans, the Japanese, and any other group that feels oppressed by times long ago. Nut jobs like him have a problem, and need to feel vindicated for their feelings.

  • Billy says:

    Michael Eric Dyson is a useless, RACIST, punk. He is just another scum-bag in the same mold a Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

  • William Merrell says:

    he should blow this up his ass. What about those 600,000 plus that lost their lives fighting for this? Where does our funding come from? The ones that owe it don’t have it.

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  • teaman says:

    Is stupid fools all we now have in higher education? There isn’t a person living today who had anything to do with slavery. Fact is, my own father was not a perfect man, but I will never take responsibility for his mistakes. Nor should anyone living today take responsibility for the past history or our Nation. Like it or not, when slavery was practiced in the U. S., it was legal. Get over it and stop preaching it, move forward not backwards. Young blacks today or preached to about slavery just to build hatred in their minds……SICK!!

    1. Deplorable Patriot says:

      Yet they have all but eliminated, Patriotism.

  • randy jackson says:

    Mr. Dyson is a damned fool and he can kiss my white ass!

    1. FIRE1949 says:

      I would not let any dyson-type fool anywhere close to my ass. Dyson can go kiss al sharpton’s and jesse jackson’s asses. Maybe let him kiss michael moore’s ass, too. Or better yet, let dyson lick maxine water’s fat ass.

      1. randy jackson says:

        Nice improvement.

      2. Worried Vet says:

        The ones who should pay is Jackson, Sharpton and others who got rich off the blacks by causing racial divide. Sharpton still owes millions in back taxes, but he is still free and spewing his hate speech. It’s time for people to see the truth and I hope Trump brings out all he can.

  • Tiger says:

    Good luck with that one being as 165,000 WHITE men died in the Civil War to free the slaves and to keep the Union. It was the Barbary coast Pirates, Muslims who were in the slave trade, they killed millions of Africans and by the way Europeans until Thomas Jefferson burned their asses. Americans didn’t have salves until the British brought them over and the Pilgrims who came in the beginning of our country had NO SLAVES. Pack it in cause it isn’t ever going to happen.

    You been free for 150 years and Regressing daily since MLK died. You have been given every opportunity to make it and immigrants who came to America and to Ellis Island, poor but with the love of Freedom and Capitalism made it. They worked their asses off and loved the idea they could work their asses off. I haven’t seen a majority of blacks in this country doing that. I think we got the short end of the stick and Lincoln was dead on when he was worried how long it would take the slaves to catch-up with the rest of America.

    How Long Will it Take? How Long? Get off your asses and work, with a good president maybe at last your inner city Hell will be cleaned up, the drug lords, gangs and all brought to justice. By George if Kennedy’s brother could clean out the Mob then Trump and a Real DOJ doing their jobs can clean out this inner city mess created by your beloved Democrats including the Great and Powerful O. But then he was too busy helping his Muslim brothers to worry about you all wasn’t he?

    1. Jimmie Cooper Boswell says:

      if any one is physically deprived, it is because they have mentally deprived themselves first. and mentally blame others, for what is their own physical judgment. you physically, get what you mentally paid for without ELOHEEM and THEIR Son. physical hell and death is your own worth, without G-D.

      1. Tiger says:

        Blaming others has become a Mental Disorder.

        1. Jimmie Cooper Boswell says:

          well i have never been one, to claim 100% sanity. but i, have observed the insane divide grow to big for it’s bridges.
          it’s like distilling to 100% alcohol, the closer you get to 100% the harder it becomes to obtain that last 5% to achieve it.

          1. Tiger says:

            Not speaking about you but was talking concerning your post and you were right on.

            As to insanity like I told the psychologist who when in last days of my Clinical for RN , said to me you are scripted, I said tell me who isn’t. People expect us to act a certain way, like you across that desk is that really who you are? She shut the F up.

            Your good in my books.

          2. Jimmie Cooper Boswell says:

            i noticed your level of sanity, a long time ago as well above average by your scripture. nor was i seeking to discourage you, but reinforce and encourage you.
            i am the first to admit, i am not mentally normal for this world. since i also know, that normal for this world means to be normally insane.
            i tend to observe the mentally abnormal in this world, closer than the mentally normal. since normal is only a collective bias that can be totally insane.

          3. Tiger says:

            Great post very profound and I know exactly what you mean. Norms change like fashions. What my parents understood to be normal behavior is now not even in the game and all abnormal behavior they understood is now the norm. But the best of your post and I surely thank you for it is this.

            “I tend to observe the mentally abnormal in the world, closer than the mentally normal, sine normal is only a collective bias that can be totally insane. Wow.

          4. Jimmie Cooper Boswell says:

            i only have one objective, and that is to be true to THE FATHER WHO sent me. and to reject the alleged as truth, of THEIR enemies.

          5. Tiger says:

            That is a good objective and through the ages those who have followed that path found the peace within they needed. Sadly they didn’t get that peace from most around them. But then when God is with you who can be against.

          6. Jimmie Cooper Boswell says:

            with hell and death all around me, i have them all surrounded.
            physical hell and death, has no power over me without it being commanded by G-D.

          7. Tiger says:

            I worked with dying patients because I had an experience with death. I died while they were trying to pull my elbow that got dislocated from a bad fall, back into place. The ER two big male nurses, they were so busy pulling they forgot to watch my IV pain med and I bottomed out.

            When I came to they were crying and had paddled me three times before I was back. They said you died. I said yes I know and I wouldn’t trade for that experience so thereafter as an RN I would ask for the dying when on the floors. I made it a point to work Holidays to be with them. I learned much and shared much. Medical people know much about living but they still don’t understand the Crossing Over.

          8. Jimmie Cooper Boswell says:

            physical death, i know a lot about.
            the physical body, cannot withstand prolonged separation from it’s casper. your options are limited, once the casper departs from the physical body. and being returned to the physical body, is not a common experience. but it does happen enough, for people to become aware of it.
            and typically they, forget the details after about three days. if they do not record the experience, within that period of time. the actual experience is almost always lost. your physical body itself, won’t remember it.
            the physical human eye, is incapable of observing this miracle. your casper must be awaked in your physical body to see it. your second set of eyes, must be opened wide to see even ANGELS, Angels, and angels.
            for the longest time, i thought these were normal experiences everyone had. but they, just did not like to talk or hear about it. but eventually i, learned what is normally for me is not normal for the world.

          9. Tiger says:

            You would be surprised. I have lived all over the world and the Third Eye is alive and well in most humans and that Sixth Sense that was with us from small and left after the Age of Believing snuffed out by the interference of worldly negatives is alive in millions still.

            I remember everything that happened and much more than that have I experienced and I have seen wondrous things in the early morning skies and I am Blessed with knowledge because I hold it dear and I don’t talk about these things with many but you understand.

            Love is a word people throw around and the Greeks had 7 words for it but when love saturates every cell of one’s body then you have a Saint and a person that animals don’t fear because they cannot partake of the things of this world, they separate themselves and many have lived lives on nothing more than water or simple herbs. They go into caves for reasons and when little I told my mother I thought I wanted to go away to a place where I blocked out all worldly things and just concentrated on the Power that is. She said I couldn’t do that. I had to live in this world and learn to be a part of it.

            I have lived all over the world, I studied and study ancient civilizations and I have worn many hats, from serious glamor to piss poor. I served my country in two wars as an Army Combat Support nurse and I saw with my own eyes the immense cruelty and savagery of war. We are in an ugly place in time, strong forces are moving across the world in the hearts and minds of those who are seeking it, going to get interesting.

          10. Deplorable Patriot says:

            Very Deep

          11. Deplorable Patriot says:

            I really enjoy people like you, you have a very good understanding of analogies, and how to be able to communicate, clearly and precise, with the creative use of them. Awesome talent!

          12. Jimmie Cooper Boswell says:

            give the credit to THE FATHER, WHO Personally taught THEIR Male Child.

          13. Deplorable Patriot says:

            As should all.

        2. sox83cubs84 says:

          Just like being a liberal.

          1. Tiger says:

            One and the same.

          2. Jimmie Cooper Boswell says:

            only the enemies of G-D, are liberals. HEAVEN of Heavens, is a THEOCRACY. so is Heaven on Earth, a mental and physical Theocracy also.
            The closer you are to ELOHEEM and THEIR Son, the greater shall be your reward in HEAVEN of Heavens, or Heaven on Earth. which means HEAVEN of Heavens and Heaven on earth, are more towards capitalistic than any other form.

    2. Deplorable Patriot says:

      Give em H3LL, They just do not understand, we Real American Patriots are extremely mad and will see this righting of the country, through to the end. By whatever means necessary!

      1. Tiger says:

        Indeed I will. “They just do not understand, we Real American Patriots are extremely mad and will see this righting of the country, through to the end. By whatever means necessary!”

        Our battle cry my friend good stuff and true every word.

  • Krow361 says:

    Sorry none of my ancestors were here until after the Northern war of aggression.

  • wesleymethodist says:

    I will consider paying reparations to any slaves that can prove they were previously owned by me.

  • Mort Leith says:

    I’ve been paying “Reparations” via 1/3 of my paycheck for over 40 years,,
    to pay for their generational Welfare ! ! !

    How about all the ignorant single baby-momma’s paying us back for all the CRIME their little thugs commit?

    1. Tiger says:

      They need to be talking to the Muslims, those Barbary coast Pirates that killed millions of blacks and Europeans. They need to stop with this crap. I don’t owe them anything and time to put our foot down.

      They are in a mess because of Democrats and the first black in color only, president did nothing for them he was too busy giving his Muslim brothers what they needed to become the menace they are today.

    2. john says:

      I guess they would have been better off if left in Africa

  • Jose says:

    How about an I.R.A. for the poor disabled person that the 4 low life thugs caused great harm. Since you refer to your I.R.A. as being set up by “white” people, how about you being the first contributor for the I.R.A. of the disabled white person since the harm was done by blacks like yourself. What is good for the goose should be good for the gander. How about a reply

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