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Should Black America Get Reparations?
NewsOne For Black America ^ | May 16, 2012 | Kirsten West Savali

Posted on 05/29/2012 12:30:03 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Reparations.

That single word has the power to bring forth memories of slave screams, blood-shed, lynching, raping and the unrepentant theft of generations of successful Black families by the United States of America.

It also has the power to breed resentment, as the 40 acres and a mule that Black Americans were promised by General William Sherman at the close of the American Civil War were snatched away by President Andrew Johnson and returned to their White owners.

Watch the 2008 presidential hopefuls debate whether African Americans should receive reparations here:

(VIDEO AT LINK)

Primarily left landless, fragmented, disconnected from our culture, and uneducated with little-to-no chance of gainful employment, the dregs of slavery and Jim and Jane Crow continue to poison our communities in both tangible and intangible ways.

During her investigation into the wealth — or lack thereof — in the African-American community, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien spoke with Rev. DeForest B. Soaries of First Baptist Church in Lincoln, New Jersey, who made the sharp correlation that “debt is slavery”:

“When I’m paying last month’s bills with next month’s check, that’s slavery. When I ‘m writing a check hoping that it doesn’t bounce, or when I pull out my credit card praying that it’s not rejected, then I’m living in financial bondage.”

Watch Minister Louis Farrakhan discuss what America and Europe owe to Blacks here:

(VIDEO AT LINK)

What becomes clear when the imbalanced economic scales in this country are tilted further by institutionalized racism, is that we are still very much living within a system that profited immensely from the blood, sweat, and tears of slave labor, while refusing to make good on the loan of our livelihoods and collective economic value. According to Harper’s magazine (November, 2000), the United States stole an estimated $100 trillion dollars for 222,505,049 hours of forced labor between 1619 and 1865 with a compounded interest of 6 percent.

In lieu of these tragic numbers, Dr. John Hope Franklin, renowned historian and author of “From Slavery to Freedom,” voices his contempt for the pseudo-apologies that the U.S. government has given for an institution that has left Black America in a perpetual race, with many having no idea why we seem to never make significant and collective economic strides:

People are running around apologizing for slavery, he said. What about that awful period since slavery — Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and all the rest? And what about the enormous wealth that was built up by Black labor? I think that’s little to pay for the gazillions that Black people built up — the wealth of this country — with their labor, and now you’re going to say, ‘I’m sorry I beat the hell out of you for all these years’? That’s not enough.

It’s definitely not enough.

In a system that relies heavily on what many consider to be Dixiecratic handouts, vilifying those who are forced to accept them, while simultaneously and condescendingly stating that, “Rising tides lift all boats,” this country has to reach a point where reparations is not viewed as a joke or some unimaginable occurrence. If the boats have historical, psychological, and economic holes blown through them by Jim Crow and Uncle Sam, rising tides without life rafts do nothing but drown us deeper into debt.

In his 1970 book, “By Any Means Necessary,” Malcolm X (aka El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) spoke of reparations not as a choice, or a last resort, but as the only way to rectify the inhumane atrocities committed against Black Americans:

If you are the son of a man who had a wealthy estate and you inherit your father’s estate, you have to pay off the debts that your father incurred before he died. The only reason that the present generation of White Americans are in a position of economic strength…is because their fathers worked our fathers for over 400 years with no pay…. We were sold from plantation to plantation like you sell a horse, or a cow, or a chicken, or a bushel of wheat…. All that money…is what gives the present generation of American Whites the ability to walk around the earth with their chest out…like they have some kind of economic ingenuity. Your father isn’t here to pay. My father isn’t here to collect. But I’m here to collect and you’re here to pay.

In the next weeks, NewsOne will speak with Black leaders on the topic of reparations and how exactly the concept can be contextualized in a contemporary narrative. More importantly, we will ask for feedback from our readers on the possibility of reparations and what we are willing to do – if anything — to ensure that it comes to fruition.

What do you think?

Should Black America receive reparations from the U.S. government for slavery?

Yes, absolutely.

No, that time has passed.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: economy; modernslavery; obama; reparations; slavereparations; slaveryinafrica; slaveryinmiddleeast
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What say you?
1 posted on 05/29/2012 12:30:18 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Absouletely. Every living former slave should be compensated by the people who enslaved them. If none are still living, then there is no one to give reparations to.

Oh? That’s not what they want to hear? Then perhaps they should explain why people who never were enslaved should be compensated for something they never experienced.


2 posted on 05/29/2012 12:37:16 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

One answer: No! Reparations were paid in blood in the Civil War. Relatives died wearing Union Blue to free them. They were abolitionists too and got into a lot of trouble for it too. My direct ancestor was wounded at The Crater—fighting along side of Black Troops. I feel any debt was paid by that sacrifice.


3 posted on 05/29/2012 12:43:25 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hell. No.

"We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power..... the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave."

--Patrick Henry, to the Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775


4 posted on 05/29/2012 12:45:24 AM PDT by Viking2002
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh. Hell. No!!!


5 posted on 05/29/2012 12:45:41 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Given the entitlements, high crime rate among blacks and other ways in which they take advantage of white America, they’ve been getting ‘reparations’ for decades.


6 posted on 05/29/2012 12:49:03 AM PDT by South40
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
How about the reparations owed to regular America for the destruction wrought by the cRap culture of depravity, hate, hedonism, and lawlessness?

In the next weeks, NewsOne will speak with Black leaders on the topic of reparations and how exactly the concept can be contextualized in a contemporary narrative. More importantly, we will ask for feedback from our readers on the possibility of reparations and what we are willing to do – if anything — to ensure that it comes to fruition.

Sure, just visualize swarms of violent, entitled yutes helping themselves to the fruits of others' labors. Locust demons with a king Obama over them.

7 posted on 05/29/2012 1:02:07 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Found some more red meat to throw to Freepers, eh, 2DV?


8 posted on 05/29/2012 1:05:18 AM PDT by Misterioso ( Socialism is an ideology. Capitalism is a natural phenomenon. -- Michael Rothschild)
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To: Norm Lenhart
I'm with you Norm. Who should we get to pay these reparations?

Taxpayers? Don't blacks pay taxes?

So 13% of the funds received are paid to themselves?

Asians pay taxes. Should they be saddled with a debt when they received no benefit?

How about recent immigrants. Do they have to pay also?

How about the French, British, and Germans? They bought the cotton and tobacco. Shouldn't they get a piece of the bill?

The Dutch profited from the slave trade so make sure they pay too.

The competing tribes in Africa that captured these men that were sold to the slavers should be made to pony up.

While we are at it, what about the Jews that were enslaved by the Egyptians. Don't they have to be paid?

And on and on....

9 posted on 05/29/2012 1:08:13 AM PDT by Wingy (Don't blame me. I voted for the chick. I hope to do so again.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

On top of the $10 trillion already paid?
(shrug) Sure.. Why not? Ubama’s beeen handing out the reparations through the back door since he took office anyway..


10 posted on 05/29/2012 1:08:47 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If the intent is to restore them to their original circumstances, wouldn’t that mean recipients of reparations would have to return to Africa?


11 posted on 05/29/2012 1:11:45 AM PDT by E.Allen
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
When I’m paying last month’s bills with next month’s check, that’s slavery

No, that's redefining what slavery is in order to maintain your illusion of being a victim of it.
12 posted on 05/29/2012 1:12:39 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: Misterioso

Yeah, I wrote this disguised as a black female journalist, then carefully went back to my original identity to get the conservatives all up in arms about slave reparations. Nothing like my work as a 3 year old at the grassy knoll, but still pretty slick, huh?


13 posted on 05/29/2012 1:22:55 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe this should be expanded to include the issue of whether the offspring of the slave traders should be tapped for some funds. Like maybe the proceeds from Obama’s books could be garnished to help raise funds for the sons and daughters of the former slaves?! Surely this should also be on the agenda!? [Have any of you suddenly switched sides? :]


14 posted on 05/29/2012 1:27:12 AM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, without a doubt.

Every living Black person who was owned as a slave should get something by way of compensation for the labor coerced.


15 posted on 05/29/2012 1:28:38 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Wingy
Plus, don't forget that it would be necessary for American blacks who want (even more) reparations to prove that they indeed had an ancestor who was an American slave. Taxpayers can't be adding to the $10 trillion they've already paid out over the past 50 years in welfare, food stamps, Section 8 housing, Hurricane Katrina debit cards, etc., etc., etc., if all blacks are eligible for "reparations", including all the Jamaicans and numerous others who came to America long after slavery was abolished and never had any ancestors who were slaves in America. Ubama, for example, shouldn't be eligible.

Can you imagine the "roots" cottage industry that would spring up offering blacks all kinds of fake genealogical trees?
LMAO!!

"Reparations" talk has been around forever, but it's just another silly pie-in-the-sky fantasy that serves to give the liberals something to chatter about, much like the "global warming" scam, and hopefully keep them out of more serious mischief.

16 posted on 05/29/2012 1:30:20 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Jack Hammer

I agree. As a man from AK is is just appalling that blacks in slavery get no pay.


17 posted on 05/29/2012 1:34:03 AM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

IN his 2008 book George Washington said “No I don’t think so”


18 posted on 05/29/2012 1:40:28 AM PDT by JohnD9207 (Mitt is going on the campaign trail with McCain Tuesday....Geez? Not a clue!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

get a F’ing job, stop having fatherless kids by the boat load and grow up.


19 posted on 05/29/2012 1:44:13 AM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No.


20 posted on 05/29/2012 1:44:55 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s do DNA testing, if they have a single drop of White blood, they get nothing. In fact, they would owe based on their Whiteness. How do you think that the argument would change then?


21 posted on 05/29/2012 1:47:32 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If during our own age white-skinned Americans must atone for the 150 year-old sins of their white-skinned fathers who enslaved people of color, then it makes sense that those who began the institution of slavery sometime after the deluge be held culpable as well.

After the deluge, during the day’s of Noah, it was people of color who began this institution. It is known that slavery flourished in Babylonia under Nimrod and in the land of Ham, making people of color the first to enslave other people.

If contemporary people of color want to cast stones at white-skinned people for the sins committed by their white-skinned fathers, then people of color ought to begin by casting stones at their own distant fathers lest they be hypocrites.

Let he that is without sin cast the first stone.


22 posted on 05/29/2012 2:05:37 AM PDT by spirited irish
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If during our own age white-skinned Americans must atone for the 150 year-old sins of their white-skinned fathers who enslaved people of color, then it makes sense that those who began the institution of slavery sometime after the deluge be held culpable as well.

After the deluge, during the day’s of Noah, it was people of color who began this institution. It is known that slavery flourished in Babylonia under Nimrod and in the land of Ham, making people of color the first to enslave other people.

If contemporary people of color want to cast stones at white-skinned people for the sins committed by their white-skinned fathers, then people of color ought to begin by casting stones at their own distant fathers lest they be hypocrites.

Let he that is without sin cast the first stone.


23 posted on 05/29/2012 2:06:03 AM PDT by spirited irish
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
When will these African nations ever apologize or pay "reparations" for slavery? Better yet, when will they end the practice?

Slavery in modern Africa

Slavery in Africa continues today. Slavery existed in Africa before the arrival of Europeans - as did a slave trade that exported millions of sub-Saharan Africans to North Africa, the Middle East, and the Persian Gulf.[1] However, slavery and bondage are still African realities. Hundreds of thousands of Africans still suffer in silence in slave-like situations of forced labour and commercial sexual exploitation from which they cannot free themselves.

Modern-day enslavers also exploit lack of political will at the highest levels of some African governments to effectively tackle trafficking and its root causes. Weak interagency co-ordination and low funding levels for ministries tasked with prosecuting traffickers, preventing trafficking and protecting victims also enable traffickers to continue their operations. The transnational criminal nature of trafficking also overwhelms many countries’ law enforcement agencies, which are not equipped to fight organised criminal gangs that operate across national boundaries with impunity.

Slavery by African country

Chad
IRIN (Integrated Regional Information Networks) of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports children being sold to Arab herdsmen in Chad. As part of a new identity imposed on them the herdsman "...change their name, forbid them to speak in their native dialect, ban them from conversing with people from their own ethnic group and make them adopt Islam as their religion."[2]

Mali
The Malian government denies that slavery exists, however, the slavery in Timbuktu is obvious. Slavery still continues with some Tuaregs holding Bella people.[3]

Mauritania
A system exists now by which Arab Muslims -- the bidanes -- own black slaves, the haratines.[4] An estimated 90,000 black Mauritanians remain essentially enslaved to Arab/Berber owners.[5] The ruling bidanes (the name means literally white-skinned people) are descendants of the Sanhaja Berbers and Beni Hassan Arab tribes who emigrated to northwest Africa and present-day Western Sahara and Mauritania during the Middle Ages.[6] According to some estimates, up to 600,000 black Mauritanians, or 20% of the population, are still enslaved, many of them used as bonded labour.[7] Slavery in Mauritania was finally criminalized in August 2007.[8] Malouma Messoud, a former Muslim slave has explained her enslavement to a religious leader:

"We didn't learn this history in school; we simply grew up within this social hierarchy and lived it. Slaves believe that if they do not obey their masters, they will not go to paradise. They are raised in a social and religious system that everyday reinforces this idea.[9]"

In Mauritania, despite slave ownership having been banned by law in 1981, hereditary slavery continues.[10] Moreover, according to Amnesty International:

"Not only has the government denied the existence of slavery and failed to respond to cases brought to its attention, it has hampered the activities of organisations which are working on the issue, including by refusing to grant them official recognition".[11]

Imam El Hassan Ould Benyamin of Tayarat in 1997 expressed his views about earlier proclamations ending slavery in his country as follows:

"[it] is contrary to the teachings of the fundamental text of Islamic law, the Quran ... [and] amounts to the expropriation from muslims of their goods; goods that were acquired legally. The state, if it is Islamic, does not have the right to seize my house, my wife or my slave."[12]

Niger
In Niger, where the practice of slavery was outlawed in 2003, a study found that almost 8% of the population are still slaves.[13] Slavery dates back for centuries in Niger and was finally criminalised in 2003, after five years of lobbying by Anti-Slavery International and Nigerian human-rights group, Timidria.[14] More than 870,000 people still live in conditions of forced labour, according to Timidria, a local human rights group.[15][16]

Descent-based slavery, where generations of the same family are born into bondage, is traditionally practised by at least four of Niger’s eight ethnic groups. The slave masters are mostly from the nomadic tribes — the Tuareg, Fulani, Toubou and Arabs.[17] It is especially rife among the warlike Tuareg, in the wild deserts of north and west Niger, who roam near the borders with Mali and Algeria.[18] In the region of Say on the right bank of the river Niger, it is estimated that three-quarters of the population around 1904-1905 was composed of slaves.[19]

Historically, the Tuareg swelled the ranks of their slaves during war raids into other peoples’ lands. War was then the main source of supply of slaves, although many were bought at slave markets, run mostly by indigenous peoples.[20][21]

Sudan
Francis Bok, former Sudanese slave. At the age of seven, he was captured during a raid in Southern Sudan, and enslaved for ten years.(Courtesy Unitarian Universalist Association/Jeanette Leardi)

There has been a recrudescence of jihad slavery since 1983 in the Sudan.[23][24]

Slavery in the Sudan predates Islam, but continued under Islamic rulers and has never completely died out in Sudan. In the Sudan, Christian and animist captives in the civil war are often enslaved, and female prisoners are often used sexually, with their Muslim captors claiming that Islamic law grants them permission.[25] According to CBS news, slaves have been sold for $50 apiece. [1] In 2001 CNN reported the Bush administration was under pressure from Congress, including conservative Christians concerned about religious oppression and slavery, to address issues involved in the Sudanese conflict.[26] CNN has also quoted the U.S. State Department's allegations: "The [Sudanese] government's support of slavery and its continued military action which has resulted in numerous deaths are due in part to the victims' religious beliefs." [2]

Jok Madut Jok, professor of History at Loyola Marymount University, states that the abduction of women and children of the south by north is slavery by any definition. The government of Sudan insists that the whole matter is no more than the traditional tribal feuding over resources.[27]

It is estimated that as many as 200,000 people had been taken into slavery during the Second Sudanese Civil War. The slaves are mostly Dinka people.[28][29]

Child slave trade
The trading of children has been reported in modern Nigeria and Benin.[30] The children are kidnapped or purchased for $20 - $70 each by slavers in poorer states, such as Benin and Togo, and sold into slavery in sex dens or as unpaid domestic servants for $350.00 each in wealthier oil-rich states, such as Nigeria and Gabon.[31] [32]

Ghana, Togo, Benin
In parts of Ghana, a family may be punished for an offense by having to turn over a virgin female to serve as a sex slave within the offended family.[33] In this instance, the woman does not gain the title of "wife". In parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, shrine slavery persists, despite being illegal in Ghana since 1998. In this system of slavery, sometimes called trokosi (in Ghana) or voodoosi in Togo and Benin, or ritual servitude, young virgin girls are given as slaves in traditional shrines and are used sexually by the priests in addition to providing free labor for the shrine.[34]

Ethiopia
Mahider Bitew, Children's Rights and Protection expert at the Ministry of Women's Affairs, says that some isolated studies conducted in Dire Dawa, Shashemene, Awassa and three other towns of the country indicate that the problem of child trafficking is very serious. According to a 2003 study about one thousand children were trafficked via Dire Dawa to countries of the Middle East. The majority of those children were girls, most of whom were forced to be sex workers after leaving the country. The International Labor Organization (ILO) has identified prostitution as the Worst Form of Child Labor.[35]

In Ethiopia, children are trafficked into prostitution, to provide cheap or unpaid labor and to work as domestic servants or beggars. The ages of these children are usually between 10 and 18 and their trafficking is from the country to urban centers and from cities to the country. Boys are often expected to work in activities such as herding cattle in rural areas and in the weaving industry in Addis Ababa, and other major towns. Girls are expected to take responsibilities for domestic chores, childcare and looking after the sick and to work as prostitutes.[35]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_modern_Africa

24 posted on 05/29/2012 2:40:35 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: spirited irish
After the deluge, during the day’s of Noah, it was people of color who began this institution.

So, colored people began the institution of slavery? How ironic.

25 posted on 05/29/2012 2:40:45 AM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I want a Tax refund for the TRILLIONS in transfer payments for the past 52 years of Giveaways to Minorities


26 posted on 05/29/2012 3:03:10 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, the slavers who sold them to the white traders were often muslims, no? Building slavebases in new lands.

They probably should get some repairs from there.


27 posted on 05/29/2012 3:07:18 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (nobody gives me warheads anyway))
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To: Norm Lenhart
Then perhaps they should explain why people who never were enslaved should be compensated for something they never experienced.

...by people who owned no one.

28 posted on 05/29/2012 3:08:50 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In Fairfax VA many drive expensive German or Japanese cares. I think they already got it.


29 posted on 05/29/2012 3:10:34 AM PDT by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reparations were paid during the Civil War and later, in the equally tragic War on Poverty. Any future payments must be sought from the slave dealers.

Just as the DEA pursues the drug dealers with more enthusiasm than drug users, folks seeking further reparations should seek them from the Arab/African slave dealers, not the slave customers.


30 posted on 05/29/2012 3:13:12 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sure.

One million dollars each, plus a free one-way ticket to the African paradise of their choice.

However, they must renounce their US citizenship and leave their American passport when they turn in their boarding pass.


31 posted on 05/29/2012 3:14:05 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sure, sounds reasonable. Give any person who can prove he was a slave in the United States before 1864 one million dollars in tax free cash as a one time deal.

I'd go even a little farther; give anyone who can prove his parents were slaves in the United States before 1864 $50 000 in tax-free cash as a one time deal.

Otherwise, no.

32 posted on 05/29/2012 3:15:17 AM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the People's Republic of Boulder)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They already have...it was called The Great Society.


33 posted on 05/29/2012 3:25:21 AM PDT by madmominct
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Someone who looked something like me once did something to someone who looked something like you, so now I owe you money?

Yes, Barry, please make this an election issue, along with Amnesty, and giving the country’s land back to the Indian’s, and giving women free morning after pills.


34 posted on 05/29/2012 3:25:53 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Someone who looked something like me once did something to someone who looked something like you, so now I owe you money?

Yes, Barry, please make this an election issue, along with Amnesty, and giving the country’s land back to the Indians, and giving women free morning after pills.


35 posted on 05/29/2012 3:26:21 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Should Black America Get Reparations?

Not from my family. My Father's ancestors came to America after slavery had already been abolished, and my Mother's ancestors all fought and died to free the slaves.

On behalf of my Father's Mennonite ancestors I'd like to make my request for reparations form the Catholic Church. And on behalf of my Mother's Separatist ancestors I'd like to request reparations from the Church of England, and the British royal family. I could go on, but if we all sued each other for every bad day we and our ancestors had to live through to get ourselves to this point, all the nation's money would eventually be in the hands of the nation's abundance of lawyers.

Personally I'd like to class action sue Black Americans in general for sub-par performance in many respects that end up affecting all of us, but I'll settle for giving up the delusion of a fair world if those who are expecting reparations from me will also.

36 posted on 05/29/2012 3:26:32 AM PDT by ME-262 (We need Term Limits for the federal house and senate. We need new Bums up there.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Right after I get my reparations for the 1066 invasion. Damn Normans!!!!!


37 posted on 05/29/2012 3:33:18 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Misterioso

38 posted on 05/29/2012 3:33:45 AM PDT by kanawa
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“When I’m paying last month’s bills with next month’s check, that’s slavery. When I ‘m writing a check hoping that it doesn’t bounce, or when I pull out my credit card praying that it’s not rejected, then I’m living in financial bondage.”

That's how I feel about the federal government. But, he's not talking about that. He's saying that they should be getting everything free. It doesn't matter that there are no living ex-slaves. They want it all free.

39 posted on 05/29/2012 3:35:39 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well we already give Columbia millions...

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/04/obama-shakira-join-forces-at-colombian-cultural-event/

The United States has allocated $61 million to improve the quality of life in predominantly indigenous communities and provide support to Colombia’s land restitution efforts.


40 posted on 05/29/2012 3:37:10 AM PDT by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
Reparations were paid in blood in the Civil War. Relatives died wearing Union Blue to free them.
That is the correct answer.
41 posted on 05/29/2012 3:41:02 AM PDT by samtheman (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2888480/posts?page=2#2)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reparations already paid since 1965 - about $7 trillion - are
more than enough.

If Farrakhan wants to talk about territory I’d think about it, but only if approved in a bi- community plebescite.


42 posted on 05/29/2012 3:44:23 AM PDT by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: Norm Lenhart

they have already gotten decades of welfare


43 posted on 05/29/2012 4:00:08 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

First class one way ticket to any country of their choice in africa, $100,000 in cash per adult, $25,000 per bastard, no returns allowed forever, not even visits.


44 posted on 05/29/2012 4:04:45 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They already did. Their names are Barack Hussein Obama (maybe), and Eric Holder.


45 posted on 05/29/2012 4:10:31 AM PDT by Student0165 ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If White America is assigned collective responsibility for slavery, even those of us whose ancestors were never involved, then Black America should be assigned collective responsibility for all black crime.


46 posted on 05/29/2012 4:16:56 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes. Anyone that can prove their parents were slaves should get 40 acres and a mule. Then we can end this foolishness and the rest of the blacks can start looking forward.


47 posted on 05/29/2012 4:24:37 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Isabel C.

To add a bit more irony to the pot, certain people of color, mainly the ‘progressive’ black-skinned ones in academia, claim Nimrod as evidence of the past glory and superiority of black-skinned people.

But since they clearly see slavery as a very great evil, which it is, they ought not be surprised by the fall of Babylon, the ancient progenitor of the first “God is dead” movement, slavery, nature worship, Mystery Religions, secret initiations, intercourse with disembodied intelligences, hedonism and more.

Again, let he who is without sin cast the first stone.


48 posted on 05/29/2012 4:27:34 AM PDT by spirited irish
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To: catfish1957

Check your family tree. You may be in the same boat as I am and have ancesters on both sides there. I’ll have to pay myself.


49 posted on 05/29/2012 4:30:19 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She sounds like a very malevolent soul. Here's a link to a vicious piece about a white husband in a celebrity bi-racial couple which is so blatantly unfair and bitter that most comments from readers were strongly against her. Reading the common sense rejections of this woman's nonsense did my heart good.

Savali on Paula Patton as "black trophy wife"

50 posted on 05/29/2012 4:32:29 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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