There has been a movement to give “black” people in America reparations for slavery. I have many questions about this and no one seems to be able to give me an answer!
Slavery in this country ended over 150 years ago, which means that no one alive was a slave in this country and to make it a finer point, not even the children of a slave are still alive and, in many cases, not the grandchildren of a slave are alive.
So, who do we pay the reparations to?
I understand that we should honor our past and pay for our mistakes! Again, though I have to ask not only who gets the money, but who pays the money? My family, both on my mother’s and father’s side never owned slaves. At no point did my family ever “own” another human being! So how do you tell us that we have to pay for our past when we did not participate in these horrific acts?
Yes, the argument has been made about becoming great by the sweat, tears and back-breaking work of others. And in parts of this country that was true, but not the entire country was built this way. And to claim that this county is only great because of slavery dismisses all the hard work of everyone that did not own slaves and all of those that have existed in the last 150 years and all those that will come in the future!
History Can Have Many Colors!
In my family, I have a “black” ancestor that was a slave, but yet my skin is “white”. Do I get some of these reparations? Just because my skin is not dark does not mean that I was not affected by slavery, just look at my very tight curls and you will see the effects. So again, who gets what and how do you figure it out? Would DNA tests become required for everyone in America to make sure that those with African or “black” genes get a portion of the payments? And does someone with a 1/2 of the DNA get more than someone with 1/3? Will you have to then prove that your ancestor was a slave? And how would anyone be able to do that without question or debate?
Change of Address…
Not everyone that is a descendant of a slave still lives in this country, how would that be handled? Do we start an ad campaign in every country around the world letting people know that they might be able to get some money?
Where the Money Comes From!?
My final question is this: who pays for those reparations? As I said before, my family never owned slaves, do I still pay? What if you are like me and have a “black” ancestor, do I pay reparations and then get a check in the mail for the same amount? And since all reparations would come from taxes that most of us pay (yeah, that is another post!) that would mean that there would be a tax increase on ALL Americans to pay for the reparations. In the end, you would pay for exactly what you got, so no one is any better off than they were.