Skip to comments.Ex-Black Panther Sues Bush, Pope, Elizabeth II over Slavery
Posted on 01/08/2004 9:21:51 AM PST by WinOne4TheGipper
Bob Brown, a former Black Panther and co-director of Pan-African Roots, filed a 183-page class-action lawsuit yesterday, claiming that 71 defendants owe reparations for slavery.
The suit names: The King of Spain, the Queen of England, the Pontiff, President Bush, and Jaques Chirac; the governors of Illinois, Virginia, Louisiana and Texas; nine ports; several major sugar, gun, tobacco, and railroad companies; many, many banks and even Bacardi Rum.
The Chicago Tribune pointed out that Brown will have difficulty with such a suit, considering that "slavery was legal, as well as the difficulty Brown and those he represents face in proving that they were directly deprived due to slavery." Not to mention the fact that it would be nearly impossible to prove that the pope or the current president had anything to do with slavery.
[Editor's note: In fact, if one wanted to sue anyone, one might think of suing the Democratic party, which, had Gen. George McClellan defeated Lincoln in 1864, would have eliminated emancipation in a conciliatory move toward the secessionist South, but we digress]
Bob Bennett, former dean of Northwestern University's law school told the Tribune: "The lawsuit strikes me as a rhetorical statement which probably belongs in the realm of political rhetoric and demonstration and maybe even lobbying, but not in a court of law."
Brown brought the suit himself, without the help of a lawyer, and has been working on it for two years, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
He is calling on those named as defendants in the suit ""to acknowledge and apologize for the role that they and their predecessors played and continue to play."
[Editor's note: No one is sure what role anyone continues to play in the slave trade, since it has been outlawed by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, ratified almost 150 years ago, but we digress further]
Brown added that "Slavery was and is an illegal criminal enterprise," a point that is clearly not true; slavery is certainly immoral, wrong, horrific and heinous - but it was, unfortunately, legal in the South at the time.
Brown challenged Pope John Paul II directly: "The Pope must come and say the truth ... He must come and tell us why ... certain Catholic forces disobeyed Catholic laws, enslaved us and became unjustly enriched up on us. He must open the Vatican library and disclose the files."
|Hey, I don't mean to be nosey...|
|... but I'd really like some bacon,
or some help for FR.
If he's looking for currently slaveholders, perhaps he should try suing the government of the Sudan.
If he's just a fool out looking to cause trouble with people who have money, and no ties to slavery less than 130 years old, then he's on the right course.
Instead of descendants of slaves suing for slavery, I would advise the present day Africans to sue the Arabs and Europeans for depriving their ancestors of a chance of participating in the slave life, and escaping Africa.
I'm guessing it's for the same reason that certain racist criminals (oh, let's say the Black Panthers, just for argument's sake) disobeyed the laws of California and the US and engaged in robbery, rape, murder, drug dealling, fomenting revolution, etc. Brown must explain himself and immediately make available all of his old notes, letters, and diaries! /sarcasm
Seriously, what a nimrod...
My then-unborn spirit, although close to the Lord Above before and after the historical course of slavery, made no effort to abolish it.
I'm not able to recall, but I may well have been too busy trying to intervene from On High with regard to the enslavement of my own ancestors by the Romans and later by the Turks.
But, Bobby, should you change your mind and add me to your list of miscreants, I've got a response to your motion for discovery "right here," as they say.......
Reparations would harm people who never owned slaves and reward people who never were slaves.
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