Black Reparation: Social Justice through the visibility of the Black narrative

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In American history, the people of color narrative have historically been invisible; the dominant discourse of American society has been predominantly white with Eurocentric emphasis. Thus, we see the silencing of the narrative of minority groups in American history. In his literature The Price of Reconciliation, Ronald Walters argues for a Black political agenda that includes reparations; he believes that the legacy of slavery has produced a domino effect that produces the oppression of Blacks till this day. Conservatives on the other hand disagree with Walter’s argument; they believe that reparation is unnecessary because America is now fair to Blacks. Furthermore, conservatives believe that Blacks should move on since slavery happened a…show more content…
He looks at the idea of reparation with a critical eye as a form of social justice. Walter suggests that part of reparation is the recognition of the erasure of Black history and the lack of acknowledgement of contributions of Black in forming American identity and democracy. Although reparation will provide a form of monetary relief to descendants of enslaved men and women, it will not elevate their material status. Reparation will rectify moral and legal wrongs in which racial integrity is violated(Walter,14). Walter insists that more than anything reparations are acknowledgement of the atrocities done to Blacks and acknowledges the effects of it in Black America. Reparation is necessary to provide a sense of justice to the Black community for being oppressed and taunted as inferior for the past centuries. Another argument that Walter provide in favor of reparation is this idea of providing Blacks the ability to determine their own destiny. Walter states that Black oppression constitute the lost of an individual’s ability to determine their destiny by not having control over one’s own life and not having the ability to seize opportunities open to other Americans(Walters, 169). Their position as subordinates strips them away of any form of power; thus, they are unable to make decisions that are beneficial for themselves and their family. Black’s relative status as powerless being provides whites an easier venue to oppress and shape

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