• Bad idea. Next women will want compensation for years of unequal pay, Native Americans will want their country back, and the native Africans and middle east slave traders will want their slaves back who have already been FREED AND GIVEN EQUAL RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY!! Where is the gratitude for rescuing them from the life they would have had there? Anyone who don't like the deal they have here can always go elsewhere. No other country is going to pay them for crying.
    • Archie Bunker
      The first person to legally own a slave in the US was black. Does that mean that blacks now have to go back and sue his ancestors to get their money? And there were actually more Irish slaves in the US than blacks, even at the height of black slavery in the US. Do the Irish get money too?
    • Archie Bunker
      Native Americans wanting their country back? And who, exactly, did they get it from? American Indians were fighting each other for centuries before the Europeans arrived. The right of conquest, which has been a dominant force throughout history, means that land changed hands many times through the ages. Indians didn't just pop up from the ground here.
    • mushroom
      Irish "slaves" were in an entirely different position. Indentured servitude, while arguably as harsh or worse than slavery, was a limited contract usually about 7 years and did not pass on status to descendants. Slaves were "property" and descendants born to slavery retained that status and could be sold off to other masters. Nobody would argue today that the Irish had not fully integrated into society by the turn of the century. New York City had an Irish mayor, William Grace, in 1880.
    • Roaring
      Don't know how reparations will help. Ending the illegal practice of Red Lining would do something more concrete at least from here on in. Post WW2 the govt even reinforced these practices where two men who fought together and gained mutual respect and economically similar were offered different opportunities in where to buy a house. Fast forward to today, one family passed on economic equity to their children and the other divided by ethnicity could only buy in non-white areas where property had no future equity. Even in the 60's if it wasn't for our church community's commitment to diversity a black fellow wouldn't have found a home in our area (to then go on to become a well respected judge)

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