Prof Michael Eric Dyson: Whites Should Open ‘Individual Reparations Accounts’

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By Heat Street Staff | 1:21 pm, January 10, 2017
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Georgetown Prof Michael Eric Dyson wants white people to open “an individual reparations account,” he told the New York Times in an interview about his forthcoming book, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America.

The book, written for what Dyson says he considers to be an empathetic white audience, calls for white Americans to give to organizations benefitting people of color.

But more important, Dyson says, are person-to-person reparations like paying “the black person who cuts your grass double what you might ordinarily pay.”

“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,” Dyson told the New York Times.

Interviewer Ana Marie Cox asked Dyson whether he would consider the Koch brothers woke, given their $25 million donation to the United Negro College Fund.

His answer: “No. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that charity is a poor substitute for justice. But I ain’t turning $25 million down.”