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Reply to "Survey Shows Most Blacks Favor Slavery Reparations"

Insome wrote:
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Reparations is the solution to the debt owed. That's the only problem it is meant to rectify.


Respectfully, I have an issue with that. I don't see anything as being owed to me except a fair chance at the things I need. I, personally, didn't earn it. That doesn't mean I think what happened was good or fair. It is just that I did no work for it and no one promised me, personally, money for it.

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Once upon a time, agitating for civil rights was seen as unrealistic. As a result, it was the courageous Africans in America who were willing to march, boycott, protest, sit-in, etc. The rest of them sat back and reaped the benefits.


(removing egg from face) Well said.

But I think the general political climate was different in that the south (and by association, the more conservative wing of the GOP) held significantly less legislative power in the federal governement during that time. Now you have a party moving towards the far right of its fringes and consolidating hold on power that may last a generation or more.

Even with that said, I stand corrected on your second point and will refrain from using that line of dissent in the future.

Your first point though, is a point I just can't get past. I have worked hard to place a different ethos in my kids regarding work, expectations, and compensation. If that is the central line of reasoning behind the call for reparations then it is folly for me to continue to discuss the issue, as it is a point that I can not, personally, level with my beliefs.

I appreciate you taking the time to help me walk through this issue.
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