We should pay reparations to the African American communtiy
We should not pay reparations to the African American community
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
"It is only when men contemplate the greatness of God that they can come to realize their own inadequacy." Jean Calvin
What is your suggestion for 'reparations?' Money?
We have plenty of Native American tribes that get small and large $$ stipends, weekly, monthly.....that money is often wasted and does not benefit them in the larger sense. The tribes try to control it more now so that it does not just get 'blown thru.'
Handing out money to individuals....is that the idea? Maybe it's not so I wont waste time going into it further. But I can if that's what you have in mind.
I have never done anything to anyone. My parents either. My grandparents came from Ireland where there was MUCH worse treatment (at that time) than not being able to sit at the counter with Whitey.
The fact is that ethnic slavery is nearly 7 times MORE prevalent now than in 1861 America.
How we could "repay" these debts would be to work, collectively black white etc, to stamp out the CONTINUING scourge of ethnic slavery.
But maybe more important would be stamping out economic slavery. (read Disposable People by Kevin Bales)
Slavery lasted for only 70 some years in the USA. It lasted for centuries under Europeans should there be a proportinal cut paid by them?
Should the West African groups who actually enslaved those people have some accountability?
Should the black slave-owner's descendants pay reparations?
And since we are handing these out where is the line for those caught in the Irish Diaspora? My great-grandfather was murdered in his home 1899 (not part of the diaspora), in front of his wife and 9 children by British soldiers for daring to advocate for Home Rule (Ireland). But I might not exist, and in such a GREAT country, so maybe I should make reparations to the British for the 7 bullets they put into Seamus' chest? I Could, adjusted for inflation, reimburse the cost of the bullets? The time of the soldiers?
Would the descendants of slave-owner's pay it? They are the ones who ostensibly benefitted.
The Irish were taken directly off the boats of East Coast ports and forced to fight the American Civil War..you ever hear of the draft riots?
They were forced to fight to free a CHEAPER labor source than them!
Another reason why the Irish should be compensated.
Now, I am honest...this wasn't the case for my family...they came much later but not all Irish people would be so faithful to their stories.
When you open up such a ridiculous concept as paying people free money for something that happened to their ancestors, especially ancestors they had no chance of ever meeting or knowing, you open up about a million different types of people you're going to have to pay. Where is this "free money" coming from and why do you think you deserve it from me? Have I wronged you in some way? Be specific.
"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger
Continuing to cart out the reparations theme is as wrong as saying "the check is in the mail."
What's due to him a man receives
This law no man can break
My heart is neither sad nor grieves
For what is mine no man can take
I will leave it at that. Nothing else needs to be said.