Reparations

Evanston, Illinois, has voted for Reparations to Blacks for slavery and wants to pay for it by taxing the sale of marijuana. It’s an idea that might go up in smoke. Today’s problems are rooted in the past.

The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 prohibited slavery in the Northwest (today, Central)Territory, but residents were allowed to retain all property, and slaves were considered property. Illinois entered the Union in 1818 as a “Free State,” but slavery continued. There were what was known as “Black Laws.” Blacks were by law, not permitted to vote, testify or bring suit against a white person, gather in groups of three or more, and they certainly were not permitted to own a firearm. The census of 1820 showed that there were 239 slaves working the Salt Mines of Equality, Illinois. Only a spiritually blind man would miss the irony of being a Slave in a place called “Equality.” God Bless America!
The Bible says, “Be sure your sins will find you out.” Sin is like a boomerang; it will come back to hit or haunt you. Cows come home and chickens to roost. I don’t know if a company or country can sin, for it does not have a soul. But if America is a family among nations, with sons and daughters of freedom, an equitable solution to a grave error must be found. I have never been a slave, nor owned a slave. I can’t imagine being treated like someone’s personal property. But if statues can be raised, they can also be razed. Early America set aside days of Thanksgiving and Feasting, but she also set aside days of Fasting. Perhaps a National Day of Fasting should follow the Macy’s Day Parade. Only a Solomon could sort out this tangle, yet I believe Jesus is greater than Solomon. I don’t know if it is possible for an entire nation to repent, but I do know that unless America can somehow temper its pride with humility, she is ruined. -id