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Reply to "Survey Shows Most Blacks Favor Slavery Reparations"

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Originally posted by NativeAlien:
MBM wrote:

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Reprations, as I see it, is about recuperating lost wages.


With all due respect, MBM, I have an issue with that logic. The wages were not lost to us... or even our parents... or in most cases our grandparents.


The way I see things, slave families contributed critical "venture capital" at the 'start-up' of the US economy. Their labor capitalized this nation and, in so doing, subsidized the standard of living for Americans from day one to the present. Those same families exist here in the United States. That same United States government exists. The same US government has an opportunity to allow the same families to cash in the investment that they have been holding onto for generations. In the same way that, say, a government bond issued in the past would be payable on demand today, in my opinion, our investment in this nation created value for this country, and deserves to be repaid. Certainly our nation is now capable of redeeming that investment. Certainly it is the moral and right thing to do.

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I hear what your saying. If my dad passed away tomorrow I would expect to pick up the check he earned for the month.


Two sides to this analogy: if your dad passed away with assets - certainly those assets would pass down to heirs. If he had debts, they also would be the responsibility of his estate. Same concept applies here - IMO.
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If my great grandfather died while working in 1920 would his employer, ownership of which by now has changed hands 5-6 times, be expected to pay me for wages he didn't pick up? For the sake of argument, let's assume that no one picked up that check back then.


Why not? What would have occurred to have canceled that moral obligation of the company?
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What if I claimed that not only were his wages due to me but they had now grown to include an adjustment for inflation and pain and suffering? Would you be interested in paying that too?


There are plenty of scenarios that can be created to make it seems as if reparations is unsound. The core fact remains that there are families in this country today who invested of their blood, sweat, and tears in this nation - in this economy - for hundreds of years. Let's remember that slavery was about pure and unadulterated greed and avarice. It was simply about reaping more profit - at any and all cost. So called Christians rationalized their behavior in treating other human beings worse than livestock all because they wanted more money. There was obviously absolutely nothing in the slightest that was honorable or redeeming about the institution. So with that as context, and based upon the fact that current American wealth is - in part - due to what slaves contributed to/invested in this nation - then I see no reason for America not to repay this long over-due investment.
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Knowing what I know -- hell, what we all know -- about white people and American politics... it will never happen in America. Ever.


In my humble opinion, the distance from where are today to the point where America would pay reparations is much closer than where were as chattel property to where we are today. If reparations is an end point, IMO, we are already great than 50% there.
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