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Subject:  Re: OT: Reparations Date:  6/4/2001  4:30 PM
Author:  1HappyFool Number:  40853 of 875629

However, he makes some good points in favor of reparations. One point is that the money won't go to individuals but into some kind of foundation that would address itself to improving, among other things, the quality of education of blacks.

A bad idea is a bad idea no matter how you dress it up. Fostering the idea that anything is still owed to the descendants of slaves is a bad idea. It only treats currently living people unfairly, including the proposed recipients. Why is this not blindingly obvious? I personally would feel insulted if some well meaning sob said I was owed something that was coerced away from my fellow citizens simply because of some ancient injustice visited on an ancestor. That ancient injustice may well have made me stronger and better than I would otherwise have been.


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