GOOD NEWS FROM PORTLANDIA – It wasn’t a comedy show, it was a documentary:
An Oregon activist has created a ‘Reparations Happy Hour,’ asking white people to donate money — as a symbolic gesture — to be doled out to people of color.
‘Reparations Happy Hour’ creator Cameron Whitten, 27, of Portland, Oregon, threw the inaugural event on May 21 at local bar Backyard Social.
The event’s invitation, which was shared on social media, stipulated ‘Reparations for black, brown and indigenous people. Paid for by whites folks.’
According to event organizers, $10 cash would be given out to attendees as ‘reparations,’ paid for in part by the donations of white people who were specifically not invited to attend the happy hour.
‘White people can show up and support by GIVING reparations. Instead of physically attending, your presence will be felt through your active financial support for healing, leadership, and community building within Portland’s black, brown, and indigenous community,’ the event’s listing stated…
Whitten said that more than 100 people — white and non-white people alike — donated money for the ‘Reparations Happy Hour’ and that it would become a regular event.
Kudos to Whitten for his capitalistic initiative to exploit the white guilt. The white guilt is a gold mine. Bonus kudos for making it voluntary rather than instinctively reaching to the government to make it compulsory, as is generally the case with the left’s redistributive politics. If there are white people in Portland who want to shout drinks because they feel guilty about slavery, which was abolished more than 150 years ago, and racism, which no doubt still persists (the extent and the degree are debatable), who can blame “black, brown and indigenous people” for taking advantage? If I had to guess though, the irony is that those having free drinks are the least in need of “healing”.