We should pay reparations to the African American communtiy
We should not pay reparations to the African American community
By the same token, most folks who advocate for reparations don't consider the many ways that African Americans have been "compensated" by the American taxpayer for their living situation.
At the end of the day I think it's probably a wash in the general sense.
This country has really bent over backward over the course of the last few decades to give African Americans a fair shake and to provide food, homes, spending money, education, and job opportunities to those most in need.
If any particular African American can make an evidentiary claim that s/he suffered some kind of direct and quantifiable loss as a result of institutional racism then I think we should weight that evidence with a bias toward the claimant and make that person whole.
But i think it's outrageous to expect that we go through another, more contemporary, round of "40 acres and a mule" (maybe something like "Condo and a Kia") for every American whose skin is darker than some arbitrarily chosen shade of tan.
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“Now it is not good for the Christian’s health to hustle the Aryan brown,
For the Christian riles, and the Aryan smiles and he weareth the Christian down;
And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased,
And the epitaph drear: “A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.”
I didn't read the article yet, but yes, I believe the gov. should provide reparations, but in the form of quality education and other EFFECTIVE social programs rather than in the form of land or money. It should also do so for Native Americans.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
Africa should pay the repatriation if anyone after all they are the ones who enslaved their brethren first.
Islam is an antiquated religion and needs to either modernize with the times or be completely eradicated.
There are two types of Muslims, terrorists, and their enablers. They need to fix that if they want to be part of civilized society.
Anti-Democracy advocate, Mixed government is the only good government
THE second point to be examined is, whether the [constitutional ]convention were authorized to frame and propose this mixed Constitution.
only if they're descended from American slaves
No one should get money just because of the color of their skin.
If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.
And as one by one other North and South American countries and their island possession abolished slavery, some of their descendants wound up here in the USA. So who owes them reparations? The African slave traders who captured their ancesters and brought them to the slave ships? The countries of origin of the ships owners/captains themselves? Or all those other countries who received the black people as slaves? International slave trade to the USA was abolished in I think 1808--working from memory here--as it was in most place during those early 19th century decades. Denmark/Norway for instance ended their slave trade about the same time we did and abolished slavery in that area just a few years before we did. If any descendants of their slaves immigrated here, are we still liable for reparations to them? Or can they bill Denmark?
I think it would be a noble thing for all who feel guilty about black people to set up a fund and start raising money for reparations to them. Just bear in mind that when you do that, you see the beneficiaries of your benevolence as something less than your equals.
But for the rest of us, many of us who were active and instrumental in ending institutional prejudices against black people, think we have paid our dues and prefer to just see our black friends and neighbors as people and equals. Thank you very much.
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." --Benjamin Franklin 1776
Justice as a collective thing this far after the fact is itself an injustice. Justice should be an individual thing, except in extreme cases, and be recent in history.
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You can never be safe from a government that can keep you completely safe from each other and the world. You must choose.
Go ahead and get your checkbook out if it makes you feel better, Glen. The rest of us don't owe anyone anything.
Anyone who was ever a slave in America is welcome to come forward for reparations. Anyone who has never been officially enslaved, you've done nothing to earn it.