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|Subject: Re: OT: Reparations||Date: 6/5/2001 9:16 PM|
|Author: intercst||Number: 41068 of 775940|
There is no question that some Blacks were the victims of discrimination in both the North and the South. I'm not sure that wrong can be fixed at this late date. Does my black neighbor get reparations? Does it matter that he makes a great deal of money as a network administrator? Does it matter that he grew up in a ghetto? Do his kids get money, even though their mother is Jewish and not black? Do people who are a quarter black get money? What about an eighth black or less? Do they have to prove that their ancestors were slaves at the time of the Civil War or the in the US during the following decades? Where is the line drawn?
There's an Indian tribe in Connecticut (the Mashantucket Pequots) that have done a good job answering just this type of question.
The Pequots own and operate the multi-billion dollar Foxwoods casino in Southeastern Connecticut and all members of the tribe share in its bounty. When the casino opened in the mid-80's, the tribe had less than 100 active members. They have less than 1000 today. I believe you need to show 1/8th or 1/16th Pequot blood to get into the tribe. The fact that membership has only grown to about 1,000 seems to indicate that they're successful in denying admission to any posers.
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