Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
they would be paid only to descendants of slaves,
Absolutely. Who suggested otherwise?
and the funds for such payments would come from a special tax levied only against descendants of slave owners.
I disagree here.
The federal government is guilty of legalizing and unconstitutional practice. The money should come out of the government's coffers, however they
manage to get it.
Individuals will have to make their peace, if they feel that they need to, some other way.
This debt, if we agree it exists, cannot be transferred to the population at large. Here's why...
If I may tweak your example a bit, I see this situation differently. It's more like, someone builds a house on an Indian burial ground, their
descendants live there happily, and invite the new guy to move in. When the fed's come knocking, to make it a historical site or whatever, the new
guy has to leave too. It doesn't matter if they knew it or not.
In case the purpose for my changes are unclear, "when the fed's come knocking" is a reference to the federal government using tax dollars
accumulated from the entire population to pay this centuries-old debt.
Because, if you really think about it, black Americans would also be funding out own restitution, and that's not fair either.
That's what happens when you wait to long to fix and old problem. It becomes more difficult to fix.
If these reparations were deferred payment for forced labor, period, we'd also have to figure wages at the time of slavery to determine the amount
owed. And we'd have to subtract room and board (as meager as it was - it was given).
I wouldn't want to put to fine a point on that part yet. This country has paid reparations before, and we were instrumental in making sure the Jews
got their reparations. I'm sure there are pre-established ways to tabulate the amount.
I doubt that the Germans deducted 'concentration camp' expenses from Holocaust survivors.
And then we'd have to know who all were slaves and have accurate records of their descendants.
(btw, I say "who-all" too.
Because if the government uses my taxes (me not being the descendant of slave-owners) to pay "black people" (many not the descendants of slaves)
some arbitrary amount of money in reparations... Is that fair?
Is it fair that my tax dollars are going to Iraq, even though I objected from day one
No, but we don't get much of a choice when it comes to how they spend our money. I would think that Americans, tired of our government killing
people with our money and destabilizing foreign governments, would jump at the chance to do something positive.
Wouldn't it be a surprise if, instead of succumbing to our baser emotions, reparations were paid, and the whole population realized, Hey- we can get
them to do what we want!
I'm not saying this is your take on it. It's one I've heard.
I think I said this before, but the form that reparations would come in is negotiable. Many black groups are proposing community initiatives with the
money, as opposed to individual checks to black Americans. I don't know where people are getting this (wrong
I blame fear-mongering...
(for some reason, I can't preview this post, so I may have to edit.)