http://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/04/national/04SLAV.htmlThe reparations issue is gaining momentum even though we are finally leaving the decade of the victim behind. The article above points out that you'd have to take reparations money from citizens none of whom took part in slavery. It fails to point out that it would also be paying that money to blacks who are all several generations from slavery themselves.Blacks compare this to the Japanese imprisonement during the war, and the Jewish Holocaust, both of which paid reparations, but fails to note that reparations were paid to victims not ancestors.Personally I'd favor reparations for any former slave, and it is a matter of some shame that it wasn't done. However, it wasn't, and the issue is done...unless any former slaves still live.If this goes through, why don't WE start squeezing money out of England for their two wars against us, not to mention the Germans, and when the Indians get done with us there won't be any money left at all. Good Lord, we actually sent money to Europe after the war, isn't it time the French paid up?It seems to me that Welfare has left the impression that a check SHOULD be written wherever unfairness exists. How practical is that? Why, as Mark Twain pointed out, there isn't a patch of land on the planet thats in possession of its rightful owner.mark
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