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originally posted by: roadgravel
originally posted by: Woodcarver
a reply to: Trueman
According to the document, the money will go directly to Cory Booker and he hands it directly to who he decides deserves it.
With that method, I bet we find out there really are not that many people related to slaves. Only a select few get the hand out.
originally posted by: CADpro
originally posted by: carewemust
Some of the slaves lived better here than they did in Africa.
They were never happier as slaves. Massa made sure they were cared for in every way being a slave was expensive. They had food, clothing, housing etc.. Would you take a sledge hammer to your John Deere tractor every day?
If anything, slaves owe massa the cost of their purchase.
originally posted by: Graysen
Why should the government have to pay reparations? The federal government never owned a single slave (though Virginia and Louisiana did.).
Likewise, the US Army spent the bulk of its energy trying to keep white pioneers from stealing NA lands. The black hills were originally tribal territory that white civilians were forbidden to enter. Then gold was found and a few hundred federal horsebacks were powerless to hold back 50,000 white "immigrants."
And again, the Trail of Tears (referred to as "removal to the west") was the federal attempt to get native Americans, particularly the "civilized tribes" like the Cherokee, out of harm's way. Harm was white rapists and claim jumpers.
Federal government, including its officers, worked hard to limit slavery and eventually end the practice. They also wanted to leave natives with some degree of autonomy. The fact that they were unable to control the great mass of the population doesn't mean that they should be punished for trying....
My ancestors were abolitionists involved in pushing for an invasion of the south to end slavery immediately. Do I get a discount?