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The truth about slavery reparations
Washington Examiner ^ | June 16, 2014 | Walter Williams

Posted on 06/19/2014 6:13:13 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota

Calls for slavery reparations have returned with the publication of Ta-Nehisi Coates' "The Case for Reparations" in The Atlantic magazine. In making his argument, Coates goes through the horrors of slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and gross racial discrimination.

First off, let me say that I agree with reparations advocates that slavery was a horrible, despicable violation of basic human rights. The gross discrimination that followed emancipation made a mockery of the guarantees of the U.S. Constitution. I also agree that slave owners and slave traders should make reparations to those whom they enslaved. The problem, of course, is that slaves, slave owners and slave traders are all dead. Thus, punishing perpetrators and compensating victims is out of the hands of the living.

Punishing perpetrators and compensating victims is not what reparations advocates want. They want government to compensate today's blacks for the bondage suffered by our ancestors. But there's a problem. Government has no resources of its very own. The only way for government to give one American a dollar is to first — through intimidation, threats and coercion — confiscate that dollar from some other American. Therefore, if anybody cares, a moral question arises. What moral principle justifies punishing a white of today to compensate a black of today for what a white of yesterday did to a black of yesterday?

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: reparations; slavery; walterwilliams
Good article by Walter Williams.

He is getting older now, and its hard to see who will replace him.

Someone needs to create a video library for Williams on YouTube, as has been done for Milton Friedman.

1 posted on 06/19/2014 6:13:13 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Reparations are DUE to Americans for the economic
and antiFreedom assault of EXEMPT Obama and
the corrupt, enabling EXEMPT Congress.

Reparations should come from the EXEMPT DNC, EXEMPT unions
and the EXEMPT Congress and their EXEMPT Staff.


2 posted on 06/19/2014 6:15:14 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: LucianOfSamasota
"Reparations? ...I got mine! ...still getting mine too!"


3 posted on 06/19/2014 6:17:21 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: LucianOfSamasota
I think the call for slavery reparations is simply another hustle. Advocates are not demanding that government send checks to individual black people. They want taxpayer money to be put into some kind of reparations fund from which black leaders decide who receives how much and for what purpose.

He expresses my thoughts exactly.

4 posted on 06/19/2014 6:21:00 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: TexasCajun

I think we are to the point where they need to start paying us back. They didn’t suffer slavery and we aren’t the slavers. Those were different times. Their own people started slave trading before the white man ever did. Get over it, stop whining, act respectable and stop being wienie babies in the name of greed.


5 posted on 06/19/2014 6:22:48 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: LucianOfSamasota

I don’t know how you would decide who gets it. There are people who consider themselves African Americans with skin color almost as light as my tanned Swede skin. Family history? Yea that’s foolproof.

Only thing I can think of doing is establish an AA gene template and establish some kind of procedure for deciding if applicants are close enough to the template to qualify. At the cost of many many $billions. And at the even higher cost of establishing the precedent of dividing ourselves into distinct groups by genes.

Reparations are awful from top to bottom.


6 posted on 06/19/2014 6:26:39 AM PDT by DManA
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To: LucianOfSamasota
The reparations scam is just another tool that is trotted out every few years around election time by democrats to keep blacks on the democrat party plantation and motivate them to go out and vote. Democrats know that reparations don't stand a snowballs chance of ever becoming law (or even being voted on for that matter) and would be massively unpopular with the other 87% non-black population of the country if they did try. (Proof? Why didn't democrats pass them when they controlled both the House and Senate with filibuster proof margins in 2009? Not a peep about reparations then...)
7 posted on 06/19/2014 6:27:42 AM PDT by apillar
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To: jsanders2001

Paying us back? I’d be satisfied with simply stopping the current ongoing “reparations”.

And, yes, I know more white people are on the dole than black people, but that’s a red herring.

Return charity to the churches and private sector. Let each claimant demonstrate need and his/her ongoing efforts to not need help in the future.

Of course, this will never happen, because a gov’t dependent person is someone that will support democrats forever.


8 posted on 06/19/2014 6:28:45 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: LucianOfSamasota
The problem, of course, is that slaves, slave owners and slave traders are all dead. Thus, punishing perpetrators and compensating victims is out of the hands of the living.

Incorrect, my dear Doctor. Slavery is alive and well, in that eutopia called Africa. Doing quite well in India and Saudi Arabia and a few other Moslem dominated States.

Your salient point is well made, as always, but when will blacks accept the fact that slavery is thousands of years old and the variant we subscribed to in our Nations infancy was perpetrated by blacks themselves?

9 posted on 06/19/2014 6:29:33 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

“Reparations” is simply an alternative term to the more accurate “Sack.” Conquerors always demand loot.


10 posted on 06/19/2014 6:32:35 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Great article by Walter Williams, as always. Clear, concise, and worth saving.


11 posted on 06/19/2014 6:34:58 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: MrB

More white people are on the ole because there are more of them population wise. Compare the percentage of the population that are white and black and I bet you will find more blacks are receiving welfare than the white population percentage wise. Add to that 0 has killed the economy so effectively that more white people have had to go on welfare because the lost their jobs due to his economic policies.

Here’s one such report that tends to support what I am saying though I don’t know how accurate it is, if the data sets are taken from a wide enough swath of the population, if it’s findings are skewed by bias, etc...

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/07/12/the-politics-and-demographics-of-food-stamp-recipients/


12 posted on 06/19/2014 6:37:49 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

You won’t see that taught in history books. Only white Americans are evil. All others are good, compassionate folks.


13 posted on 06/19/2014 6:39:44 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: jsanders2001
more blacks are receiving welfare than the white population percentage wise

Didn't include that because most people understand this.
Leftists/liberals always try the red herring of "more whites on welfare", but it just shows that the leftist in question is just plain ignorant.

In other words, I didn't do anything but dismiss the argument in my other post because it was so obvious.

14 posted on 06/19/2014 6:40:17 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: jsanders2001

And more non-blacks are in slavery worldwide.


15 posted on 06/19/2014 6:41:09 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative

Con men always go for the easy marks.


16 posted on 06/19/2014 6:43:15 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Reparations “has” already been paid: 50+ years of Affirmative Action.


17 posted on 06/19/2014 6:49:08 AM PDT by thejokker
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To: LucianOfSamasota
Reparations payment on this date 150 years ago.
18 posted on 06/19/2014 6:50:05 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: LucianOfSamasota

This reparations thing is, in my opinion, just a sort of “look over there” sort of thing.

It is not only never gonna happen because nowhere near enough people would support it, but it is grossly unconstitutional.

But it really is a sort of fun intellectual exercise.


19 posted on 06/19/2014 6:59:10 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: LucianOfSamasota

I come from a family of poor, but extremely good-looking people. My ancestors were slaves throughout the world. The royalty would see my ancestors and then make them house slaves. Eventually, my ancestors would wind up in bed with the royalty. The spouses of the royalty weren’t free thinkers and became jealous of my ancestors and ran them out of the country. The motto on our family crest is, “Get those bastards out of here before we have more bastards!”
The one real benefit from this is that all the males in my family can put on their pants while running.
We don’t demand reparations for being slaves, but we would like to be acknowledged by the royalty. Perhaps they could have THE ROYAL ORDER OF GOOD-LOOKING BASTARDS. We could have a special sash or something.


20 posted on 06/19/2014 7:21:24 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Reparations were paid in lives, blood and lost limbs between 1861 and 1865.
For every five slaves freed one white man gave his life, and many others gave arms and legs.


21 posted on 06/19/2014 7:23:46 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Remember this, the only people that were slaves were black is the drum beat. how about all those others that lived in slavery? The Poles , Slaves and Irish and Italians and other Europeans that was indentured servitude. All this is a money grab and a way to deepen the divide.


22 posted on 06/19/2014 7:26:42 AM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: MrB

Another hustle like the Pigford settlements. No matter what you pay, it will never be enough.


23 posted on 06/19/2014 8:04:13 AM PDT by Brownie63
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To: LucianOfSamasota
Does Derek Jeter's mother pay his dad? Tiger Woods'? Halle Berry's? Barack Obama's? Are Jamaicans black but not African Americans? Do families of soldiers who fought for the South pay families of those who fought for the North? My ancestors came after slavery ended, why should I pay? (as Mr. Williams pointed out)

It's another Pigford scam. Used by the Administration to deflect attention to how awful things are employment-wise, scandal-wise and foreign policy-wise.

24 posted on 06/19/2014 8:08:10 AM PDT by Dilbert56
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To: LucianOfSamasota
Well, if we're talking about reparations, let's not forget there were BOTH black and white slave owners at the time of the Civil War. In fact, the first slave owner, Anthony Johnson (a free black man and farmer), sued his Virginia neighbor for return of his property, an indentured black man named John Casor. Johnson won his case and Casor was bound over to him as a slave for life in 1655. By contrast, blacks were not bound over to whites until 1670.

So, are the ancestors of black American slave owners going to get a pass? Remember, we are talking to the bigots at the Holder Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division. You bet they get a pass because it's all about getting whitey.

[Note to Holder's idiots: I have two great grand uncles on my father's side that fought for the Union and emancipation of the slaves. On my mother's side, Grandpa and Grandma came to the U.S. from Sweden in 1900-1910. They never owned or saw a slave. If there's any reparations, I want blacks paying ME for my great grand uncle's service in the Civil War to liberate the oppressed. Screw these race baiters and race hustlers.]

25 posted on 06/19/2014 9:12:32 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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