posted on May, 28 2014 @ 06:01 PM
originally posted by: shadow watcher
Personally I don't think reparations should be paid.
If you are the generation responsible for atrocities then you should step up and pay.
We should not go back beyond a generation because it opens a Pandora's box of sorts.
Any group who feels slighted can cite the precedence to push further back in time to get some guilt money.
Not a good trend to set.
This is the main reason that I agree with you. But this is not the only issue where I would feel this way. Let's take WWII and the persecution of the
Jews by the Third Reich. Godwin's Law, lol. I would not agree with making the German people of today literally pay for the crimes their relatives
committed. Well this is a bit different because there might still be some alive today who went through those ordeals, but the vast majority of those
responsible are gone.
There is not a single person in the US today who has kept slaves or who was a slave, in the sense we are talking about at least. If I really wanted to
make it difficult for my argument, and I do, I would bring up the Native Americans. Is there any difference between the giving of land to Native
Americans, which was taken away from them to a large degree, and paying reparations to relatives of former slaves? It is not an easy question to
answer in my opinion.
I think most people would say that giving land for Native Americans to pursue their ancestral way of life is some form of compensation, and is
justified under the circumstances. I agree with that. So should reparations be paid because slaves were cheated out of an entire life, or years of
their lives? Surely some would argue that this parallel between Native Americans and former slaves means that reparations are justified.
But perhaps it is not so cut and dry, considering the differences. Such as the fact that the majority of former slaves integrated into American
society, although the Civil Rights movement was still a long way off. Native Americans, in my opinion, did not integrate into modern society in the
same way. And considering the time that has passed I am not sure that reparations are justified. But even though I do not agree with reparations, I
cannot say that it is based on firm ground where the above argument is concerned.
Like others have pointed out, there are problems with practical application as well. It was a whole lot easier, and perhaps even fairer, to set aside
land for entire tribes of Native Americans than to figure out who gets what were reparations for slavery is concerned. Someone mentioned the Chinese
labor used in America, but I am not certain that this can be likened to the slavery African Americans underwent. There was some parallels to be sure,
but some of the most degrading aspects were absent, which in my opinion makes a difference. So to sum it up, I still do not agree with reparations,
for even more reasons than I mentioned, but I am quite certain that decent arguments could be made in favor of them.