Review of The Debt (by Randall Robinson)
Randall Robinson, author of the Debt, over-reaches his duty as an African-American in what most would call a long overdue appeal for justice. It would seem at first that Robinson’s petition for reparations was a plight for the welfare of his bank account. However, Robinson’s well structured thesis and supporting arguments more than adequately justify and make clear what is actually a plea for the repair of damage to the black class. Robinson’s call for reparations is a perfect expository to the problem that has for so long been in need of just that - repair.
It is apparent in reading that Robinson used his time as the founder and president of TransAfrica, a lobbying organization dedicated to influencing U.S. policy toward Africa and the Caribbean, effectively. There are traces of realism and personal recounting that are noticeably a part of the author’s construction. There is a struggle of the past that is revisited in the words and pages of the writers book. Although the work closes as a liquid proposal for reparations, it definitely develops as a solid-based triumph to the fight to overcome racism. That is, Robinson is so clear and concise with his evidences to the point that there is nothing to be refuted. The writer extends the invitation for reparations on behalf of blacks from years and years past and years and years to come. That is the power of his message. Robinson even details the racisms of present day, a subject often left uncharted for fear of being labeled a fanatic.
Among Robinson’s statements for support of the blacks is a direct reference to other groups receiving compensation for what he would consider nominal acts of intolerance, compared to the long span of unfair and inhumane treatment to blacks. Robinson stated that “No race, ethnic or religious group has suffered as much over so long a span as blacks have and do still, at the hands of t...