Reason 3 Against Reparations By David Horowitz
3. Only A Tiny Minority Of White Americans Ever Owned Slaves, And Others Gave Their Lives To Free Them Only a tiny minority of Americans ever owned slaves. This is true even for those who lived in the ante-bellum South where only one white in five was a slaveholder. Why should their descendants owe a debt? What about the descendants of the 350,000 Union soldiers who died to free the slaves? They gave their lives. What possible moral principle would ask them to pay (through their descendants) again?
Reason 3 For Reparations
3. Horowitz is playing the shell game by asking the wrong question. The moral principle at work is that the US government is an institution, and responsible for its actions. Since the US government had allowed and encouraged slavery, and since slavery would not have existed in the US had it been illegal, the US government is responsible. It is also worth noting that this point contradicts point #2. If the US benefited economically from slavery, and if African-Americans even benefited from slavery, then clearly non-slaveholding whites did as well. Horowitz is so muttonheaded that he can't even retain consistency across sentences. In either case, both points are incorrect, and in no case can both points be correct.
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