Reason 5 Against Reparations By David Horowitz
5. The Historical Precedents Used To Justify The Reparations Claim Do Not Apply, And The Claim Itself Is Based On Race Not Injury The historical precedents generally invoked to justify the reparations claim are payments to Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, Japanese-Americans and African- American victims of racial experiments in Tuskegee, or racial outrages in Rosewood and Oklahoma City. But in each case, the recipients of reparations were the direct victims of the injustice or their immediate families. This would be the only case of reparations to people who were not immediately affected and whose sole qualification to receive reparations would be racial. As has already been pointed out, during the slavery era, many blacks were free men or slave-owners themselves, yet the reparations claimants make no distinction between the roles blacks actually played in the injustice itself. Randall Robinson's book on reparations, The Debt, which is the manifesto of the reparations movement is pointedly sub-titled "What America Owes To Blacks." If this is not racism, what is?
Reason 5 For Reparations
5. The suggestion that African-Americans were not harmed by slavery, despite the history of Black Codes, Jim Crow, and the fact that much of the racist ideology of blacks as inferior and distinct from whites on an intellectual level can be traced directly to slavery is silly. The Kerner report of 1968 was the nation's first comprehensive look at race issues in the United States, and it was the federal government's first official document that said racism existed and was a problem. Thirty years later the "The Millennium Breach," report stated the following: The national unemployment rate is below 5 percent, but unemployment rates for young African-American men in places like south-central Los Angeles have topped 30 percent. Our national incarceration rate of black men is four times higher than the same rate in South Africa under apartheid. Our child poverty rate is four times the average of western European countries. Of the 43 percent of minority children attending public schools, more than half are poor and more than two-thirds fail to reach basic levels of national tests. The lack of economic and political power has harmed us and expresses itself in every negative aspect of the black plight. Morally it is obvious that the goverment that committed the wrong owes a debt to right that wrong and make its victim whole. And as our current condition is the continuation of that wrong sufferd through 245 years of slavery, 104 years of Jim Crow and 385 years of sustained racism, the debt should be paid. As for the previous precedents regarding the victims of goverment malfeason, our government can establish any precedent it desires. With the stroke of a pen the President can issue an executive order and thereby command that reparations be paid.
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