Okay, this is crazy! Check it out, then read this and see what you think.
I consider myself someone who pays attention to racial issues and hopes to defend the Black community from unnecessary attack. But, this is ridiculous. That quote doesn't even seem remotely offensive. This is why we should support Reparations.
Reparations calls us to be above pettiness, and refrain from superfluous issues that have no bearing on forward progress. There are so many more important issues dividing our Country than this.
That comment was trivial. If they're swinging from the trees - regardless of race - they are acting like monkeys. And, yes there is a history of Black people being referred to as monkeys.
Reparations calls for teachable moments. That could be solved with this question: "so, what do you mean by that?" And then, it's as simple as taking the time to explain (and receive) why those comments could be offensive.
We have to come together! Get Your Reparations!