Since Screaming Jesus’ comment was quashed on another thread, and while I do not disagree with everything he says (the alternative, censorship, is even less attractive), I would like to start one here regarding reparations to be paid to descendants of Black slaves in America.
I personally disagree that any reparations should be paid to Blacks in America because how do you determine who was a slave? So for example, if a White and Black Southerner get married and have children, do they get reparations? What about Blacks who immigrated to the States later? What percentage of black blood would one have to have to get reparations? Why should northerners pay when they were not only opposed but fought a bloody war sacrificing their sons and fathers and brothers lives to end slavery?
And I will repeat Screaming Jesus’ comments (and why exactly are they politically incorrect?), if Blacks are to be paid reparations for the damages caused by slavery 150 years ago, should Blacks be forced to pay reparations for the much higher crime rates existing in their communities? Should they have to pay damages for the various race riots that have occurred, mostly recently the one in LA in 1992 when KOREAN shops were most targeted? Will the Black community then have to pay reparations to these shop owners? Where does this begin? Where does it end? How should all the welfare, affirmative action, etc. programs be taken into account?
I for one am sick of the whole ethnic/racial Balkanization in America. We are too diverse and too mixed up (bloodwise) for this kind of stuff anymore. That is why I think all federal forms should take off any questions regarding racial, ethnic or religious status. We are AMERICANS.