If reparations are paid to descendants of slaves in the US, who pays and how much?
Will all white people today be forced to pay higher taxes or something to compensate for these reparations, for something they did not do? Where would this money come from? Do we not have welfare programs, Affirmative Action, and other programs in place to help people? If your family came over from Europe in the early 1900s and did not own slaves, should you be forced to pay? The North was against slavery, so should the South (descendants of slave owners) pay? What about the Native Americans who were forced from their land, or the Irish who were made slaves? Do they get reparations?
600,000 mostly white men died to end slavery in the United States, and it was Europeans who ended the institution of slavery that was common world wide before their decision to end it.
In fact, ISIS has sex slavery today - but the Yazidi sex slaves claiming reparations would be able to get money from the groups that killed their men and enslaved the women.
Six generations later in the US, the point is thoroughly moot. Do those whose families came in the 1920s pay reparations to the children of African immigrants? Do descendants of blacks who owned slaves have to pay money to the descendants of their slaves? What do you do with interracial people?
Note: There is no white privilege, you don't get extra rights or money for being so, and if there is power, it is with ethnic minorities now who get preference in college admissions with several hundred points lower on the SAT, preferences in government hiring and government contractor employment, preferences in scholarship and grants and so forth - all of which is worth quite a lot of money. And if all the war dead didn't pay that debt in blood, all the preferences since the 1960s more than equal it.
You also got to take into consideration that whites are not the only ones the owned slaves at the time so did some tribes of native Americans like the Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Cherokee along with others. Do we make them pay even though most tribes would not have the money to do so.
What about the whites, and Native Americans that were also slaves do they get money. Or if we say well if your geology says you had a slave owner in your family then you have to pay so much well what f it also says you also came from slave does that means you pay yourself? Where do we draw the line on who pay and who does not?
Why should anyone be forced to pay for reparations for something that happened centuries ago, and not in our control.
Isn't it enough that God wants you to pay for the sins of Adam and Eve, now someone less than God wants to apply the same reasoning for slaves.
The Indians finally hit the jackpot with gambling, and the Irish are doing well today. You didn't mention the Jews that were shunned from becoming part of America, but they are also doing well.
Immigrants come from Asia, and they become part of the country and part of the success.
Slavery was around long before the US became a country. And who should pay for the hundreds of thousands of lives lost during the Civil War? Maybe the descendants of the slaves should pay for that?
The immigrants that came to the US in the early 1900s got nothing from the US government, and it took them only decades to make something for themselves here. The Chinese were brought here to work on the railroads, but you don't hear them asking for reparations. The reason is that they are doing well on their own.
That is the original concept of the US, and today we don't have that concept anymore. People today want the US to change in conformance with their culture, as opposed to becoming Americans.
Reparations aren't about money being paid, it's about acknowledging the wrongs done against certain groups of people and then working to systematically take down institutions that still oppress those peoples.
Majority of people of color are denied access to welfare programs, Affirmative Action has been shown to not work, and there are very few integration programs in place to help these people reclaim their power and identity.
Would you be willing to have part of your paycheck deducted to pay those reparations? I don't know about you, but I am scraping by as it is. Can't imagine any being taking to of my paycheck for something I would have been opposed had I lived then.
Will Muslims apologize for the slaves they took in the 1000-1800s?
Heck, they need to handle the Phillipina maids and Indian workers not paid in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and ISIS sex slaves NOW.
Everybody would owe everybody something. I am of Irish descent. And the Irish were slaves in America. Do I get money too?
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