An elderly man told Edwards that “something has been sticking in my craw” and explained that “a certain fella committed two murders in California and the jury found him not guilty. And all they said was, ‘It’s payback time.’ How are you going to have that come out in this election to combat one of your competitors?”
Edwards seemed puzzled, as most people in the audience seemed to be.
“The black jury in Los Angeles, the reason they found O.J. not guilty was ‘payback,’” the older gent explained.
“Payback for what?” Edwards asked.
For mistreatment by white America, the man said.
“What do you want the president to do about that?” Edwards asked.
“How are you going to get that brought out in your campaign? Will the same thing happen? If he should become elected, you think Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Oprah Winfrey are going to let him forget about that and their obligation?” the man said, not identifying who he meant by “he” and “him.”
You have to read the article to get the full effect. But basically, here's another white guy worried about what'll happen should a black person become president.
What is my personal opinion? You can best be believing African Americans should receive reparations, free college education, more money at HBCUs, or something!! Can we at least get a national memorial? Can somebody give slaves and free Blacks the credit they deserve for being the foundation of the national economy? I know lots of African Americans feel that no amount can undo the damage or actually "repay" what had been done. But we can't hardly get an apology in the US! So what people have died? The federal and state governments that allowed representation for people who couldn't even vote and raised revenue of the "peculiar institution" are still around.