One of the many events taking place as part of Portland Community College’s “whiteness history month” centered around white people paying reparations to others. The speaker at the event ranted on about capitalism, Euro-centrism, and reaches the conclusion that whites owe more than $20 Trillion in reparations.
According the speaker, a “study last year published by social science quarterly, that the estimated amount of reparations owed to African people in the U.S. is $14.2 trillion. White people owe reparations but not only for the enslavement of Africans, they owe reparations for the ongoing colonization of Africans in the United States. And YES magazine published this really good story last year called ’40 Acres and A Mule’, and would be at least 6.4 Trillion today, in addition to the $14.2 Trillion for enslavement… It’s not enough for whites to say ‘we agree with or support reparations’, we could say today ‘yeah this sounds good, let’s put some pressure on the government to pay’. What are we doing to change the material relationship that we have to oppressed Africans in the United States? How are we acting today in material and measurable ways? So when we pay reparations right now, this goes to the struggle of Africans people for power, so that they can get that $14.2 Trillion check, but also so that they can build a dual contending power. So that they can have programs that benefit African people who have been prevented, by the existed system, for gaining access to the resources that are necessary for life… White people in the U.S. are European colonizers on stolen indigenous land, that the entire European nation of white identity lives off the stolen labor and resources of colonized Africans and all other oppressed peoples of the world, who are the majority of humanity. White people are actually the minority. As well as other animals and the planet itself, it’s also an environmental (???). All white people sit on a pedestal of the oppression of African people. All white people have benefited from the accumulated value of the slave trade. All white people benefited from the European colonization of Africa. We all benefited from the European genocide against the indigenous people of the Americas and in effect, their land. All white people have a different relationship with the police than the black community. And all white people have a responsible to end our complicity with this social system that murders and oppresses in our name. All white people have the responsibility to stand in solidarity with the African liberation. Now this is not ‘white guilt’. The call for reparations is based on a material understanding of history. It’s a scientific eval system of white Europe and white people have wealth and power, and it’s on account of this dialectal parasitic relationship with Africa that all African people, in all other nations colonized by white power. By parasitic, once again, we’re talking about the dialectic of the host and the parasite. The parasite lives off of the host, to the detriment of the host.”
She/he also goes on a rant about “parasitic, European, imperialist capitalism, which supports and sustains all white people” and claims that all colonized people are Africans, are “all people whose lives, resources, and labor are stolen by Europeans” and also says “The wealth and power of (???) are based on the theft and murder of Africa” and “We’re on indigenous land, right, and so the resources of this land are going to sustain white people, primarily. So white people sit on a pedestal of stolen labor, resources, and lives”
She/he (?) continues on by saying “Race Was Invented As An Instrument To Promote Racism” and “When we’re talking about ‘whiteness’, we’re really talking about a political category, we’re not talking about biological. Whiteness and capitalism and the European identity were born out of Europe’s attack on Africa and the Americas over 5 centuries ago, and that attack is still going on today.”
And also says that racism is the foundation of capitalism.
PCC president Sylvia Kelley can be reached by phone at 971 722 4365.