Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University professor and op-ed writer for the New York Times, is no stranger to saying really, really stupid things.
For example, he wrote an entire feature piece on “the courage of Colin Kaepernick.”
Now he wants to have white Americans start special savings accounts, which he refers to as “individual reparations accounts,” in order to pay back black Americans for slavery.
Something about ice water and people in Hell comes to mind.
In an interview with New York Times Magazine, Dyson asserted that such an account, which he dubs an “I.R.A.” for short, would be a concrete means to compensate for the damages of slavery, though later in the interview he suggests that the main purpose behind the idea is to force white people to confront their privilege.
“This is what you, an individual, conscientious, ‘woke’ citizen can do.”
“Look, if it doesn’t cost you anything, you’re not really engaging in change; you’re engaging in convenience,” he explained. “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.”
When asked to elaborate on how such an ideal would actually be carried out, he pointed to an idea he proposes in his latest book, Tears We Cannot Stop, noting that “that is what [he] meant by an I.R.A.: an individual reparations account. 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.”
Nice plug for your book in the middle of that madness, Professor.
This will be an unpopular opinion with social justice warriors, such as Professor Dyson, but white America owes black America nothing.
For that matter, black America owes white America nothing.
People like Dyson really serve no useful purpose to society, other than to serve as perpetual burrs under the saddle of civil discourse.
You don’t heal a wound by picking at the scab, and what people like Dyson are proposing, is short on solutions.
Slavery was an awful thing. It happened. We’re not the only nation where it was a problem, but we’ve made great strides in overcoming that stain on our past.
If Dyson’s goals were more than just mercenary in nature, he’d be addressing the ongoing issues of slavery around the world.
But he’s not.
As the interview closed out, reporter Ana Marie Cox pointed out to Dyson that the Koch brothers had donated $25 million to the United Negro College Fund.
“But charity can’t be the end of it, right?” she asked. “The Koch Brother gave the United Negro College Fund $25 million, but I doubt you would consider them ‘woke.’”
“No. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that charity is a poor substitute for justice,” Dyson replied. “But I ain’t turning $25 million down.”
So what’s the price on “justice” in your mind, Dyson?
There is no dollar amount that can be put on the suffering of the past. If there is, then it’s not true suffering.
However, when you constantly tell working class people, many who are living below your elite, Ivy League lifestyle, that they owe you anything, so that they are forced to “face their privilege,” it doesn’t tend to go over well.
Time to stop counting dollars off the backs of the working class, Professor Dyson.