Louis Farrakhan’s brand of crazy is a little too much for even the most radicalized of black Americans so he took his hustle on a world tour, landing in Jamaica and demanding slavery reparations from the Catholic Church. The Nation of Islam leader was pushing Caribbean nations to extort funds from the Pope for the Church’s roll in the slavery trade.
“When you talk about reparation, you can’t leave the Pope out….There was something in the Catholic Church called the Papal Bulls authorising slavery, it is a type of letter issued or patent by the Pope,” Farrakhan told the ceremony that was also attended by government ministers.
He said Pope Nicholas V issued a Papal bull granting Portugal and Spain, “full and free permission to invade, search out and capture… and unbelievers and enemies of Christ wherever they may be and reduce their persons into perpetual slavery”.
Actually, Pope Nicholas V, who reigned from 1447-1455, issued a Bull granting Portugal the authority to fight the Ottoman Empire and another granting the Portuguese rights to the Canary Islands. For some reason, these Papal Bulls have lunatics like Farrakhan thinking the Roman Catholic Church authorized the slave trade.
By why let historical fact get in the way of a good story, especially when big bucks are on the line. Farrakhan is even pushing his work of fiction into the modern era:
Farrakhan said even in today’s world, this Papal Bull is being regarded as “an endorsement of slavery ….so when we are asking for reparation, we can’t leave the church out.
“You can’t leave the Pope out, nor can you leave European countries out,” he added”.
As it turns out, there’s quite a big movement in the region to force reparations. The Caribbean Community Reparations Commission (CARICOM) wants to boost the area’s third-world status with a massive shakedown of rich European countries and institutions. Check out this hilarious list of things they will do if they can actually guilt Europe and the Church into paying up:
As part of its mandate, the reparations commission seeks to establish reconciliation between victims and beneficiaries. It also seeks to achieve the Caribbean Reparatory Justice Programme 10-Point Action Plan that tackles various social, educational and economic issues including debt cancellation, public health, illiteracy eradication and psychological rehabilitation.
In other words, CARICOM will act like a government agency. Rather than give the money to people who may have slave ancestors, they will waste the money on do-nothing social programs. Why does that sound familiar to me?
Neither Farrakhan nor CARICOM could explain why anyone today should be held financially responsible for something that happened over 500 years ago. They also offered no rational for why people whose ancestors had nothing to do with slavery should be forced to give money to other people who can’t prove their ancestors were slaves.
Reparations are not going to happen. Not here, not in the Caribbean, not anywhere. Farrakhan and his ilk need to move on because the false hope of something that doesn’t have the slightest chance of happening actually makes racial relations worse. Then again, maybe that’s the plan.