Reparations for slavery

  1. I'm curious, what are your opinions on reparations for slavery? It hasn't been in the news lately, but it's an ongoing issue for a lot of people. I used to post on "The Black World Today" (even though I'm white), and there are some VERY strong opinions for it.

    What are your thoughts on it?
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  3. by   Spidey's mom
    I know everyone likes to read thoughts in each poster's own words but this issue is best represented, for me, by a very smart black economist/columnist named Thomas Sowell. I've read most of his columns and a few of his books and it is stimulating to read another point of view from the black community that isn't associated with the Jesse Jackson mindset. And so, I'll post a couple of links to his columns on this issue, for those who are interested. If not, pass them by.
    Last edit by Spidey's mom on Jun 24, '03
  4. by   Ted

    Why apologize for posting articles? Articles, besides representing a person's point of view, also provides opportunities for further research and education for other readers.

    On a personal note, I'll read what you posted. I try to read all the articles posted here on this bulletin board. Don't always read them all, though. Also, don't always respond to them. Sometimes, reading them is good enough for me.

    Last edit by Ted on Jun 24, '03
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Ted my dear . . . cause some people were complaining about all the articles being posted, so I thought I'd start with a disclaimer.

    I also am happy for more education. I loved and love school.


  6. by   Ted
    Originally posted by stevielynn
    Ted my dear . . . cause some people were complaining about all the articles being posted, so I thought I'd start with a disclaimer.

    I also am happy for more education. I loved and love school.


    Can't please all the people all of the time . . . .

    Warning: I'm going to post articles on this forum!
    Stevielynn. . . . dear!


  7. by   eltrip
    Thanks for the articles from Thomas Sowell. I do appreciated his thought processes. He & Walter Williams are among my favorite columnists!

    Reparations? I think we've already been providing this in the form of affirmative action.

    Oh yeah, by the way, half of my family emigrated after 1890. The other half was too poor to own slaves.
  8. by   renerian
    All of my ancestors came after that period of time. To agree with the previous post, all my family members were to poor to have any assistants, slaves, maids, butlers or other help. In my opinion, flame me if your heart desires, paying anyone monies for that is well............I can't curse here. Since my family is of German heritage should I pay all Jewish families monies? What about Irish heritage? What about my husbands heritage? It could go on and on and on with any nationality paying for damages done by people long ago dead and gone.

  9. by   mednurse
    Good point renerian.
  10. by   CCL"Babe"
    My family was Quaker and part of the underground railroad. Does that mean I'm exempt?
  11. by   renerian
    What about the poor native americans? Look at their slaughter and loss of lands? What about their health care, reservations and should they get monies? Should they get more help then they are getting now? I feel for the native americans, I do. I think slavery was a HORRIBLE thing to do to another human. I do. I just do not think taxpayers should have to pay for mistakes made by other generations with regards to slavery.

    I would protest my soapbox now LOL.

  12. by   renerian
    Good thread........

  13. by   CCL"Babe"

    I read the links from Stevielynn. I think I have heard him on TV and heard his quotes before.
    This whole issue that I should step away from because I get so angry. I got in trouble once in college for not standing up for the black national anthem. As far as I know there is only one nation and one national anthem. I think I'll stop now before I insert foot in mouth.
  14. by   renerian
    ??????????????????????I thought there was only one national anthem as we were both in the dark on that one.....

    renerian is sticking her foot in and chewing.......