View Poll Results: Should we pay reparations to the African American community?

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    Re: Do you believe that America should pay reparations to African Americans?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    I cannot imagine anything that would inflame racial enmity more than reparations. It would be catastrophic in its ability to drive an invigorated racial wedge into American society. This would be disastrous.
    How would it inflame racial enmity? I think what you mean is that it would make a bunch of white people mad since I can't imagine that it would create much hostility from black people. Sounds like the angry white people would just have to suck it up and realize that their white privilege was going down the drain. I mean, black people having being sucking things up because of white people for centuries. White people can't do it for a little bit?

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    Re: Do you believe that America should pay reparations to African Americans?

    Quote Originally Posted by johndylan1 View Post
    No, I don't think so. What has a slave built 150 - 160 years or so ago that benefited me? I would say that you have benefited from my labor, though.
    LOL, the prosperity of this country and all the benefits that come with it is, in GREAT PART, due to slave labor. What the **** kind of question is that?

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    Re: Do you believe that America should pay reparations to African Americans?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Contrarian View Post
    Te-Nehisi Coates' recent article in The Atlantic has raised a few eyebrows, and showed me just how much I did not know concerning how America and America's government has oppressed the African American community in the past...and even to the modern day.

    Coates points out that reparations isn't a matter of "we can't afford it" or "how do we determine who gets paid how much", but a matter of right and wrong. America - and America's government - committed great wrongs against the African American community over many generations, including within my own lifetime.

    I was raised to believe that if I did somebody wrong, I should apologize sincerely...and I should do my level best to make it up to those I wronged. I was taught that a refusal to make up for what I have done to others is not just wrong, but dishonorable.

    It is for this reason that I agree that we as a nation should pay reparations to the African American community - because it is a matter of right and wrong, a matter of our national honor.
    I come and go on this issue, vacillating between yes and no on reparations. In some ways, we are paying reparations via our many poverty and education programs which are geared toward helping African Americans. But, i am also cognoscente of the fact that we enslaved Blacks; we forced them through both law and threat of violence into ghettos, sub-par schools and other institutions; now we jail them in record numbers...

    I just don't know.

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    Re: Do you believe that America should pay reparations to African Americans?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    LOL, wow. How white of you.
    My - how racist of you.
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    Re: Do you believe that America should pay reparations to African Americans?

    These black Africans should be paying us for rescuing them from a fate worse than slavery, being eatened, burned alive and torchered was their alternative.
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    Re: Do you believe that America should pay reparations to African Americans?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Contrarian View Post
    Te-Nehisi Coates' recent article in The Atlantic has raised a few eyebrows, and showed me just how much I did not know concerning how America and America's government has oppressed the African American community in the past...and even to the modern day.

    Coates points out that reparations isn't a matter of "we can't afford it" or "how do we determine who gets paid how much", but a matter of right and wrong. America - and America's government - committed great wrongs against the African American community over many generations, including within my own lifetime.

    I was raised to believe that if I did somebody wrong, I should apologize sincerely...and I should do my level best to make it up to those I wronged. I was taught that a refusal to make up for what I have done to others is not just wrong, but dishonorable.

    It is for this reason that I agree that we as a nation should pay reparations to the African American community - because it is a matter of right and wrong, a matter of our national honor.
    I voted no, but we should have an honest discussion about it. Money alone won't fix the harms done to them. So, how we move forward is worth a sit down.

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    Re: Do you believe that America should pay reparations to African Americans?

    If there is a black person who was a slave in 1865 and is still alive he or she should receive compensation otherwise no.
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    Re: Do you believe that America should pay reparations to African Americans?

    A thousand times no.

    The people that deserved reparations are long dead. It's a silly topic, really.
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    Re: Do you believe that America should pay reparations to African Americans?

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    A thousand times no.

    The people that deserved reparations are long dead. It's a silly topic, really.
    Think legacy.

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    Re: Do you believe that America should pay reparations to African Americans?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    I voted no, but we should have an honest discussion about it. Money alone won't fix the harms done to them. So, how we move forward is worth a sit down.
    Yes, and intellectual honesty requires that such discussion should include the fact that slavery is a minimal or perhaps not a factor in the black experience in America today. It also has to include a myriad of well-intended but disastrous government programs of 'reparations' that were supposed to help black people but instead have forced too many into permanent second class citizen status entrenched in permanent unemployablility and generations of crime ridden poverty that perpetuate themselves. And now, in 2014, THAT is what has harmed black people for the last 60 years.

    And because those disastrous policies have so enriched and empowered the permanent political class, they are not about to change their spots and do anything differently. So look to those folks for any reparations due.

    PEOPLE LOVE THE PAST. It provides convenient excuses for all manner of individual or group shortcomings. Academic "experts," politicians and race hustlers use history as a cover-up. They point to the ugly facts of slavery, Jim Crow and discrimination as explanations for the high rates of black illegitimacy, crime and family breakdown. The connection between slavery and discrimination, and what we see today, is hardly ever challenged. But challenge it we must.

    Only 40 percent of black children live in two-parent households. The illegitimacy rate among blacks stands close to 70 percent. The "legacy of slavery" explanation for today's weak black family structure loses all manner of credibility when one examines evidence from the past.
    Even during slavery, most black children lived in biological two-parent families. One study of 19th-century slave families (Herbert Gutman, "The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom: 1750-1925") found that in up to three-fourths of the families, all the children had the same mother and father. In New York City in 1925, 85 percent of kin-related black households were double-headed. In fact, "Five in six children under the age of six lived with both parents.". . . .

    . . . .Both during slavery and as late as 1920, a black teen-age girl raising a child without a man was rare among blacks. Gutman, also found in analyzing data on black families in Harlem between 1905 and 1925 that only 3 percent of all families "were headed by a woman under 30.". . . .

    . . . .The "politically correct" theory is that poverty and discrimination is the cause of high crime rates. During my youth in the 1930s and 1940s, black neighborhoods were far safer than today. It would be preposterous to suggest back then there was less poverty and discrimination.

    The level of social pathology seen in many black communities is unprecedented and has nothing to do with a so-called legacy of slavery, unless we're willing to say that slavery has a delayed reaction of four or five generations.

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