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Reparations should be paid to any former slave. I doubt there are any left alive.

Anyone else who wants reparations would be given a mandatory one way ticket to Liberia.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MNu2GNx-kQ

the great hitch pretty much sums up how i feel about it.
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anyone who thinks they have it so bad here... should be given a free plane ticket back to nigeria
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It might be more effective to eliminate the United Nations as a whole.
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No that was ages ago.
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Ravenstein wrote:

Reparations should be paid to any former slave. I doubt there are any left alive.

Anyone else who wants reparations would be given a mandatory one way ticket to Liberia.
Our founding fathers should have sent all the natives to Liberia, after all their intentions weren't too far off from this.
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Maybe the UK should pay for the Irish slaves they had or the black people in Africa who's ancestors sold there people to the Americans.

Really this all is stupid. There are no slaves in America. And the freed one's from the past where already given things to make up for it.
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No. Heck, I don't even think it's exactly possible as all of the slaves are long dead and I'm not quite sure how that's going to work. While the thought is nice, it just isn't practical and in this day of age, not even possible. At least giving them their freedom to make a living themselves should be enough seeing that this is all they really want.
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I'm just wondering if they realize how children are made. Most whites and blacks can trace their ancestry back to white men fooling around with pretty black maids. They weren't too big on birth control back then.

Seriously, they want to pay me reparations for slavery? Laughable.
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I'm mostly white but 1/4th Native American, my Father is 1/2 and my Grandmother is full blood. Native Americans where also forced into slavery. While it's not extremely well known it did happen. 9 out of every 10 Native Americans where killed either threw war, or small pox infested blankets thanks to the English who founded the U.S.

Neither me, my Father, nor Grandmother hold any contempt towards this country. If you look at slavery in the U.S. at it's peak less then 2% of all Americans where slave owners. Ironically the rate of which free blacks at the time who owned slaves where very high (some estimates say 20%-25%). It was part of this countries history and it was unfortunate but I feel we have come a long way towards righting the wrongs of our past.

You can look into slavery in the Middle East. It was far worse and slaves where forcefully sterilized and treated as live stock more then humans, If you where a slave in the Middle East at that time and you where injured and couldn't work you where put to death.

The longer we focus on the dark days of the past the longer it will take to see the progress we have made.
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No. Should those Africans who originally enslaved other African tribal members and then sold their slavers to others have to pay reparations? No.

At this point everyone on this planet is a descendant of both slaves and slave owners. Further, The Civil Rights Acts were passed in 1964. That's 52 years ago. Further, Only those 18 and older were in any position to actually institute legalized racism...that is 70 years ago. Meaning no one alive in the US under the age of 70 had a thing to do with implementing Jim Crow or legalized discrimination and racism. And really, what power did an 18 year old have 70 years ago? It really wasn't until the mid 20s that people started having the power to enforce these discriminations, so the vast bulk of people younger than 78 but 70 and older had nothing to do with it.

In other words, most of the people responsible for it are dead (slavery itself, of course, ended in 1865, so all those responsible for it are long dead.

The Civil War raged from 1861-1865. Further, some, though not all or even most, slaves did receive some compensation of land. While not many in number back then, you'd have to disqualify their descendants. And then there are all those who've benefitted from Affirmative Action programs. Have to disqualify those individuals, and where applicable, their descendants.

Of course, they all received the reparation many on this planet would still kill for: US citizenship.


You, I don't know you but I like you and the way you think. I have thought in a similar way for a long time. It should also be mentioned that due to immigration, and their progeny, over the last 100 years or so our population has swelled exponentially. Many of the people who are alive today may very well not even be remotely related to anybody who was either a slave or slave owner. The vast bulk of my family immigrated in the early 20th century to avoid all of the civil wars in Eastern Europe. They were not even here at the time so should I also have to pay for something I have no connection to? How about people whose ancestors didn't own any slaves? Furthermore many of the African Americans alive today may be in a similar situation so should they receive compensation for something they have no connection to? The idea of reparations also assumes several very big things and that is that all whites owned slaves which is far from the truth. Secondly that only whites owned slaves which is also false. Lastly that all slave owners treated their slaves poorly which cannot be proven nor disproved as a whole. Looking at historical evidence like Oskar Schindler indicates it is entirely likely that some of the owners, or even many, may not have been tyrannical sadists as is commonly portrayed. That would be a question that needs to be answered on a case by case basis. Lastly name me a race that hasn't been enslaved at some point somewhere in history?
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redokami wrote:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/should-us-pay-reparations-for-slavery-un-appointed-experts-think-so/ar-BBwIbEN?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=UE07DHP

thoughts?

I don't see mexico paying their people for their sex trafficking issue they currently have

or Italy paying their people for all the slaves the romans had

why cant we just let things go

what is going on today is not due to slavery, slavery, in the sense in America that they are talking about, is gone


is the Mexican government directly involved with sex trafficking? or is that the cartels?
Is the Italian government the same as the Roman's? because I'm reasonably sure the Roman Empire no longer existed by the time the current government consolidated.
I understand what you're trying to say, but your analogies don't fit. and no, reparations have already been paid for the most part, any further reparations should only go to direct descendants of US slaves and if they can show their family never got the reparations they were due

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It's not possible for dead slave owners to pay for them.

Nor is it possible for the dead slaves to receive the reparations.

So, no.
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