On 7/29/01 1:32 PM, "Olga Bourlin" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> United States prospered due to slavery, so it seems fair and just for the
> United States to give up a teensy bit of that prosperity to help out the
> descendents of some of those families who gave up their entire lives for
> generations (through force) for the sake of the United States.
Another obvious problem with this in principle is that if you do a detailed
study of pre-20th century US history, you will find that half of the
nationalities, ethnicities, religions, etc. represented were badly wronged
by the government at various points in time. There are even ethnic trends
and problems among some white ethnicities today that can be traced back to
officially tolerated abuse during the 19th and 18th centuries. If you
support reparations for blacks in principle, you are allowing reparations
for groups too numerous to count that can claim legitimate grievances. I
simply don't see the value in resurrecting every single historical wrong
ever perpetrated in this country.
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