Argument in favor of reparations: It’s been argued that blacks in America greatly contributed to economic growth and power of the Unites States in it’s early days because of slave labor. And because of slavery, they were deprived of their rights, abused and lost substantial time to grow and prosper like everyone else.
The United States was responsible for this gross injustice and therefore the United States government ought to be held accountable and made to pay reparations. Until the black segment of American society are financially compensated for their losses, this nation can never heal.
Because of slavery, racism continues and blacks were held back and never fully allowed to take part in those opportunities afforded white people, so the time has come to say we’re sorry as a nation and as a society, by way of substantial reparations!
Argument against reparations: The United States government earns no money. The money it has is take from the pockets of its citizens by way of taxes. To take money from people today for an injustice that occurred over 150 years ago is an injustice in itself.
Today’s descendants of slavery are among many other groups that suffered injustices. If you look back far enough almost all of us have been victims at one time or another, the Irish, the Scots, the Chinese. But, the important part is we progressed beyond those times and minorities have been given full and equal opportunity in our modern society. At times, the black community has been given preferential treatment in housing, government jobs and higher education.
The United States paid a heavy price for slavery during the Civil War. And the South that embraced slavery was also severely punished with horrific war losses felt to this day by many Southern families. No other nation in the world made a greater effort to end slavery or paid a more costly price. It’s time to let go of the past and focus on the present.
Editors note: This subject is frequently a topic of academic discussions, debates on colleges and sometimes forums on the air. Channel 9 KXTV had such a forum last night and I thought you might like to weigh in with your 2 cents.