The US federal government was responsible for destroying the African American community financially and allowed horrible human rights violations to occur. The USFG is responsible for the large poverty rates the African American community faces and should give them reparations as a result.
These should be in the form of vouchers for houseing, education, starting small businesses etc. Not simply a check in the mail.
Will the federal government pay through taxes? If so, the American people will be paying reparations. 1.4% of white Americans owned slaves, so having Americans pay reparations would be punishing people whose ancestors didn't partake in slavery. Mention that in your class.
Last I checked, there are no living black former slaves within the United States.
Is this a joke question? We should punish people who nearly all believe slavery was wrong, for something their ancestors did? What about the people who owned Irish slaves? Should they be punished for something they didn't do too? Maybe it's you who should check your privilege, if you're that entitled.
No. If black people want reparations they should seek them from the African's that sold them in the first place.
My first reaction was definitely not, but I thought about it some more and decided that it depends. I'm going to go with no on the assumption that this would work like giving out stimulus checks. That would be overly costly and wouldn't solve anything. Racial discrimination is still very real, but it's difficult to catch it happening. Some black people are well off, and it would be absurd to give them more money. The most rational course of action is a combination of affirmative action and improving underprivileged communities with better schools, law enforcement, etc.
Not only are the people in the federal government different from who they were during slavery, but it's not the federal government that has to pay: the federal government doesn't really make money, it gets its money from the taxpayers. So why punish American taxpayers for crimes committed in the past? That makes no sense.
What a coincidence, my school is also debating this same topic! I'd say no because although it is true that American capitalism has benefitted off the exploitation of slavery and segregation, the damaging legacy of slavery is not necessarily going to be solved by financial reparations. For example, incarceration and gang violence won't be solved by a check in the mail. The best thing would be to improve on affirmative action that already exists to benefit those afflicted. Also, the federal government gets money from taxpayers, meaning these reparations would be bad for the people, and it may not be seen as right to punish white people for something their ancestors did, not to mention not everyone in America is descended from white slave owners. Private companies such as tobacco and cotton producers exploited African Americans the most, not necessarily the federal government itself. Well, I have to argue both sides anyway so I'm sure there's evidence to support either :) #defendthattitle
We need to limit government spending. In addition, there aren't any former slaves currently alive, so there is no need to pay them reparations. And lastly, on a side note, racism is virtually nonexistent. Blacks should have no problem finding job and living a decent life, thus there is no need for affirmative action.
No financial reparations. Blacks will have to learn how to pull their own weight like whites did.
In no way are blacks systematically discriminated against in the Uinted States anymore. There aren't even any more black slaves alive anymore! All blacks in this country have the same rights as all other people, so there is no reason for any government, federal or state, to pay reparations to blacks in this country.
So why should people alive today be paid for what was done to their ancestors? They have it better than they did.