They just seized 16 tons of cocaine in the port of Philadelphia. Street value is…..wait for it…..one billion (with a B) dollars. Imagine that. Whatever happened to the Southern border? I suppose that trump will want to build a wall around Philly next. Delaware or New Jersey will pay for it.
The thing is, though, this is serious business. Clearly there is a demand for drugs out there. That 16 tons of cocaine would have been cut up and distributed to various markets, and it would have been gone in the blink of an eye. If you have a cocaine habit, you might be paying a little more for your product over the next few days.
I think that we can all agree that head are going to literally roll. The people who are responsible for packing the cocaine on those ships will not take losing a billion dollars worth of dope lightly.
Finally, Mitch (turtle) McConnell didn’t think that there is a need for reparations because he felt that America was past racism. Why? Because we elected Barack Obama. Mitch doesn’t think that people in America today should even have to deal with the issue of slavery and America’s original sin because all those evil slave owners are dead.
Thankfully, he was given a history lesson today by Ta-Nehisi Coates in Washington.
Many of us would love to be taxed for the things we are solely and individually responsible for. But we are American citizens, and thus bound to a collective enterprise that extends beyond our individual and personal reach. It would seem ridiculous to dispute invocations of the founders, or the Greatest Generation, on the basis of a lack of membership in either group. We recognize our lineage as a generational trust, as inheritance and the real dilemma posed by reparations is just that: a dilemma of inheritance. It’s impossible to imagine America without the inheritance of slavery.
As historian Ed Baptiste has written, enslavement “shaped every crucial aspect of the economy and politics” of America, so that by 1836 more than $600 million, almost half of the economic activity in the United States, derived directly or indirectly from the cotton produced by the million-odd slaves. By the time the enslaved were emancipated, they comprised the largest single asset in America: $3 billion in 1860 dollars, more than all the other assets in the country combined.
It is tempting to divorce this modern campaign of terror, of plunder, from enslavement, but the logic of enslavement, of white supremacy, respects no such borders, and the god of bondage was lustful and begat many heirs. Coup d’états and convict leasing. Vagrancy laws and debt peonage. Redlining and racist G.I. bills. Poll taxes and state-sponsored terrorism.
We grant that Mr. McConnell was not alive for Appomattox. But he was alive for the electrocution of George Stinney. He was alive for the blinding of Isaac Woodard. He was alive to witness kleptocracy in his native Alabama and a regime premised on electoral theft. Majority Leader McConnell cited civil rights legislation yesterday, as well he should, because he was alive to witness the harassment, jailing, and betrayal of those responsible for that legislation by a government sworn to protect them. He was alive for the redlining of Chicago and the looting of black homeowners of some $4 billion. Victims of that plunder are very much alive today. I am sure they’d love a word with the majority leader.
The typical black family in this country has one-tenth the wealth of the typical white family. Black women die in childbirth at four times the rate of white women. And there is, of course, the shame of this land of the free boasting the largest prison population on the planet, of which the descendants of the enslaved make up the largest share.
Hopefully Mr McConnell was listening. Not that it will make a difference if he was. Some folks are just destined to be on the wrong side of history. /