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Calculating Reparations: \$1.5 Million for Each Slave Descendant in the U.S.
The Black Agenda Report ^ | January 22, 2013 | Denis Rancourt

Posted on 03/25/2017 3:17:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

For some descendants of persons held in U.S. chattel bondage, no monetary sum can compensate for the enslavement of their ancestors. However, for those looking for a number, there are various ways to calculate the value of involuntary servitude. Here’s one of them.

Calculating Reparations: \$1.5 Million for Each Slave Descendant in the U.S.

by Denis Rancourt

“This calculation includes only the money due to ancestors and their descendants, in terms of the stolen actual labor counted in person-hours.”

It is not difficult to calculate a MINIMUM amount of monetary reparation due to every single Black slave descendant living today in the USA.

If we leave out the reparations for physical violence, genocidal stress, inadmissibility to superior social classes, etc., and only take into account the stolen labor, at the today's equivalent minimum wage, then the calculation for the minimum amount due to the descendants of slaves is a simple one, as follows.

This calculation includes only the money due to ancestors and their descendants, in terms of the stolen actual labor counted in person-hours, based on a minimal economic value of that labor, adjusted at a lowest reasonable rate of interest.

Every step in the following calculation will use the lowest possible evaluators, such as to produce a MINIMUM amount due.

In the 70 year period between 1790 and 1860, there were, on average, 2 million slaves at any time in the USA. In the same period the average US population was 14 million.

Moving forward to 2000, the US population was 309 million, with 40 million slave descendants.

“We adopt the underestimate of 2% for the interest rate to be applied to the stolen income value.”

To obtain a minimal (under estimated) annual interest rate, we use the population increase from 14 million to 309 million in the 140 years from 1860 to 2000. This gives a population annually growth rate of 2.2%.

Now capital value increase interest rates in the US have been much greater that the population growth rate. Nonetheless, we adopt the underestimate of 2% for the interest rate to be applied to the stolen income value. We further apply the interest rate starting only in 1860, rather than earlier, thereby making our estimate even more of an under estimate.

The value of the stolen labor, for the period 1790 to 1860, at today's US minimum wage of \$7.24 per hour is as follows. (Note that using today's minimum wage automatically corrects for valuing the historic currency to its present value.)

70 years (1790 to 1860 period only)

X

2 million slaves (average number in the period used)

X

365 days per year (OK, maybe I should exclude one day off per week?)

X

10 hours of work per day (again a minimum)

X

\$7.25 per hour

=

\$ 3.7 trillion

Next, I apply the 2% interest rate (compounded annually). This gives a multiplicative factor of (1.02)^140 = 16, for the 140 years from 1860 to 2000. Further compounding could be applied to bring us to the present. (Again, this is a minimum estimate.)

Compounding to 2000, therefore, gives:

\$ 3.7 trillion

X

(1.02)^140 (or 16, if you prefer)

=

\$ 59.2 trillion

The latter one-time payment would be easy for the USA to make, since its annual GDP is \$15 trillion. (Think of a wealthy person's annual salary relative to buying a house in a safe neighbourhood.) The USA would not even need to sell any assets to achieve this modest payment.

For the 40 million Black slave descendants in the US today, the calculated reparation means that US white society owes each and every Black slave descendant a MINIMUM payment of \$ 1.5 million, which is long overdue.

“The USA would not even need to sell any assets to achieve this modest payment.”

After the minimum payment is made, it would be appropriate to calculate and pay the addition reparations that are due.

My goal here was to show that these calculations are simple and unambiguous. Understanding the calculated minimum allows one to move forward from that established basis, towards a more realistic reparation number. At the very least, each Black slave descendant can legitimately demand \$ 1.5 million payable immediately.

An obvious question that arises from this straightforward calculation is: Why are Black leaders not demanding reparation, as a priority demand?

Denis Rancourt is a former physics professor at the University of Ottawa, and is the author of the book "Hierarchy and Free Expression in the Fight Against Racism." More essays by this author are HERE.

TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: blacks; freestuff; gibs; gibsmedat; indolent; reparations; slavery; thugculture
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Yeah, that'll happen.
1 posted on 03/25/2017 3:17:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

To: 2ndDivisionVet

1way ticket to Liberia.

Coach.

2 posted on 03/25/2017 3:18:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both)

To: 2ndDivisionVet

We are not in arrears to former slaves.

3 posted on 03/25/2017 3:19:30 PM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Try it, buttwipe.

4 posted on 03/25/2017 3:19:45 PM PDT by Da Coyote

To: 2ndDivisionVet

I agree with the guy. All slave descendants should be paid.......by the original owner.....if he is alive.

5 posted on 03/25/2017 3:20:24 PM PDT by shelterguy

To: BenLurkin

Exactly. Anyone claiming to be descended from slaves must surrender their U.S. citizenship and return to Africa as a condition of receiving any reparations, never to be allowed to return. Otherwise STFU and be glad you live here and not in some despot-run hellhole across the Atlantic.

6 posted on 03/25/2017 3:21:46 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad (((( Make America America Again ))))

To: 2ndDivisionVet

How about chinese and Irish..they built the railroads...were more or less slaves..many of them

7 posted on 03/25/2017 3:21:59 PM PDT by RummyChick

To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d say it’s unconstitutional, but John Roberts will call it a tax (on white skin).

Then you’d see the greatest tax revolt of all time.

8 posted on 03/25/2017 3:22:34 PM PDT by ReaganGeneration2

To: ReaganGeneration2

How many guns does he own?

9 posted on 03/25/2017 3:23:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)

To: 2ndDivisionVet

I want a pony.

10 posted on 03/25/2017 3:23:53 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)

To: 2ndDivisionVet

It would definitely reduce the black population. Drugs, alcohol, robberies “gone bad”, etc. Probably not a good idea.

11 posted on 03/25/2017 3:23:55 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I tried being reasonable, I didn't like it. - Clint Eastwood)

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Labor my ancestors stole from slaves: \$0.00
Value of slave labor to my ancestors: \$0.00
Duration of time my ancestors resided in this country when slave labor was legal: 0 days, 0 weeks, 0 months, 0 years

Stolen labor X value of labor X duration = 0 X 0 X 0
= \$0.00 TOTAL OWED IN REPARATIONS.

12 posted on 03/25/2017 3:23:57 PM PDT by IronJack

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Labor my ancestors stole from slaves: \$0.00
Value of slave labor to my ancestors: \$0.00
Duration of time my ancestors resided in this country when slave labor was legal: 0 days, 0 weeks, 0 months, 0 years

Stolen labor X value of labor X duration = 0 X 0 X 0
= \$0.00 TOTAL OWED IN REPARATIONS.

13 posted on 03/25/2017 3:24:14 PM PDT by IronJack

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Almost ALL of them are slave “descendants”...think about it.

14 posted on 03/25/2017 3:25:22 PM PDT by FrankR (FULL REPEAL, OR NO DEAL)

To: 2ndDivisionVet

And here’s what will happen....

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2pveof

“Wit ‘yo broke ass......ha ha ha ha ha!”

15 posted on 03/25/2017 3:26:36 PM PDT by dfwgator

To: 2ndDivisionVet

It might be worthwhile if it squared the alleged debt, and cancelled out affirmative action, gerrymandered voting districts, and all other racial fixes put in place over the past 75 years.

But it won’t, because the issue is worth much more if kept alive in perpetuity.

16 posted on 03/25/2017 3:26:45 PM PDT by abb ("News reporting is too important to be left to the journalists." Walter Abbott (1950 -))

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Will they take bitcoin?

17 posted on 03/25/2017 3:27:08 PM PDT by right way right (May we remain sober over mere men, for God really is our one and only true hope.)

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who is doing the genetics calculations with the percentages of west African in every American? And the proof that their ancestors were in this country (or all west Africans would arrive shortly for their reparations)?

What % of west African genes do you need to collect?

18 posted on 03/25/2017 3:27:45 PM PDT by Yaelle

To: shelterguy

No, they need to first go to the still existing tribes in Africa who ran the slave trade; capture, transport to the coast and sales to the European traders.

If that doesn’t work, then next go to the democrat party and demand it directly from the party of slavery.

If they pay, then you can start paying reparations to we descendants of abolitionists and Union soldiers who lost lives, limbs, and fortune fighting to free the slaves from the democrat masters.

If none of that works then POUND SAND and move to Africa you worthless bastards. Take your democrat buddies with you and be real Africans, if you can.

19 posted on 03/25/2017 3:28:09 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)

To: 2ndDivisionVet

What happens after they piss away the 1.5 million on Escalades, hoes and bling?

Do it all over again?

20 posted on 03/25/2017 3:28:44 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (President Trump is coming, and the rule of law is coming with him.)