Skip to comments.Reparations for Slavery
Posted on 06/26/2019 4:59:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
Several Democratic presidential hopefuls are calling for Americans to make reparations for slavery. On June 19, the House judiciary subcommittee on the constitution, civil rights, and civil liberties held a hearing. Its stated purpose was "to examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice."
Slavery was a gross violation of human rights. Justice demands that all participants in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade make compensatory reparation payments to slaves. However, there is no way that Europeans could have captured millions of Africans. That means compensation would have to be paid by Africans and Arabs who captured and sold slaves to Europeans in addition to the people who bought and used slaves. Since slaves and slave traders and owners are no longer with us, compensation is beyond our reach and it's a matter that will have to be settled in hell or heaven.
Let's pretend for a moment that the reparations issue makes a modicum of sense. There's the question of responsibility. More explicitly, should we compensate a black person of today by punishing a white person of today, by taking his money, for what a white person of yesteryear did to a black person of yesteryear? If we believe in individual accountability, we should find that doing so is unjust. In other words, are the tens millions of Europeans, Asian, and Latin Americans who immigrated to the United States in the late 19th and 20th centuries responsible for slavery, and should they be forced to cough up reparations? What about descendants of Northern whites who fought and died in the name of freeing slaves? Should they pay reparations to black Americans? What about non-slave-owning Southern whites -- who were a majority of Southern whites -- should their descendants be made to pay reparations?
Reparations advocates make the unchallenged pronouncement that the United States became rich on the backs of free black labor. That's utter nonsense. While some slave owners became rich, slavery doesn't have a good record of producing wealth. Slavery existed in the southern states and outlawed in most of the northern states. Buying into the reparations argument suggests that the antebellum South was rich and the slave-starved North was poor. The truth is just the opposite. In fact, the poorest states and regions of our country were places where slavery flourished: Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. And the richest states and regions were those where slavery was absent: Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts.
The reparations movement would be an amusing sideshow were it not for its damaging distractions. It grossly misallocates resources that could be better spent elsewhere. According to the state Department of Education, 75% of black California boys cannot meet state reading standards. In 2016, in 13 of Baltimore's 39 high schools, not a single student scored proficient on the state's mathematics exam. In six other high schools, only 1% tested proficient in math. The same story of low education outcomes can be told about most cities with large black populations. I'd like to see lawyers bring class-action suits against public school systems in cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Detroit, and Los Angeles for conferring fraudulent high school diplomas. Such diplomas attest a 12th-grade level of academic achievement when in fact those youngsters often cannot perform at sixth- or seventh-grade levels.
The nation's most dangerous big cities are Detroit, Oakland, St. Louis, Memphis, Stockton, Birmingham, Baltimore, Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago, and Milwaukee. The common characteristic of most of these cities is that they have predominantly black populations and blacks have considerable political power as mayors, city councilmen and chiefs of police. Energy spent on reparations should be used to solve those problems.
As of 2014, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that's three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution. If money alone were the answer, the many issues facing a large segment of the black community would have been solved.
There's another possible reparations issue completely ignored: Blacks as well as whites live on land that was taken, sometimes brutally, from American Indians. Do blacks and whites owe American Indians anything?
Theyll always be used as victims by the demon party. Nothing will change with paying them off.
All for it- have all the folks who are enslaved present their case in court to sue the slave owners for damages etc.
Oh, you mean the descendants of pre-1873 13th Amendment folks getting money from descendants of pre13th Amendment folks? Not so much. Ex Post Facto laws and all....
Even worse, people claiming to be progeny of slaves seeking damages from everyone by virtue of federal tax revenues? What an idea!
Money is not the answer to their problems, but a good starting point is for them to work on the disintegration of the black family. A lot of that is because of the War on Poverty. Blacks need to clean up their own house first before we start throwing even more money at it just to buy votes.
As to reparations, I am totally against it. The entire concept is political pandering. I’d be hard-pressed to support even $1 per person in reparations.
Everything the Rats are for is costing quadrillons.
Islam owes Europe reparations for the ~1 million white slaves taken over the years ("Barbary Pirates" -- recall the US Navy was founded in response to such).
Dems know that nobody on their side excites the African-American vote, that President Donald J. Trump's policies have brought full employment and economic opportunity to entire swaths of the Dem base, and all they're hoping is that they can maintain their tenuous hold on the House.
Pay the families of the soldiers killed fighting to free the slaves in the Civil War, all 360,222 of the Union Army who died.
They need to buy some votes. How will they attract attention if they do not promise something?
The Federal Gov. is an ATM Machine. People work hard to pay all these taxes. Elected officials will use tax money to buy votes to get re-elected.
Time for the Democrat Party to pay up. As for the rest of us, none of us were alive during slave owning times. Most of our forefathers arrived here after slavery was abolished. Pay up, Democrats!
The indians owe resperations for everybody that smokes.
There’s another possible reparations issue completely ignored: Blacks as well as whites live on land that was taken, sometimes brutally, from American Indians.
I thought the land was either purchased or acquired by treaty.
An ATM machine with a printer inside.
A few talking points:
1. Blacks wouldn’t want to be in the same position today that they would have been if their ancestors had never been enslaved. They would be living in poverty in Africa. The descendants of the enslaved are better off than the descendants of the Africans who sold them into slavery.
2. What about the reparations that they have already received in welfare payments and getting benefits by racial preferences against whites? Enough is enough.
3. What about all the things they have done to become their own worst enemies — crime, drugs, divorce, “learning is acting white,” etc.?
“As of 2014, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that’s three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution.”
22 trillion. Isn’t that the current amount of our on-the-books national debt? What do we have to show for it?
If you pay them they will want more.
Legions of overfed, entitled, over-pensioned, petty bureaucratic overlords.
No doubt about it.
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