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Reparations There is no doubt that throughout the history of the United States of America, African-Americans and anyone with dark skin in general, have not received a fair deal. From the time the first Africans were stolen or sold from their homeland and forced to work in the fields of the south, anyone perceived to be “black” was put at an immediate disadvantage. Throughout history, African-Americans have been able to rise up and break through the barriers of each era with more and more dignity, rights, and possibilities. However, this process has been a slow and painful one that is most certainly incomplete. The hardships that these people have faced have not been natural. Rather, they have been the product of the racism, discrimination, and violence, that has come almost exclusively from those with white skin. Now, at a time where America has begun to openly attempt to shed its racist ways and move forward as the land of opportunity for all, questions have risen about what to do about the wrongdoings of the past, as well as the still existing inequalities of the present. The idea of reparations is an answer that many, both black and white, have proposed and favored for years. This idea calls for money to be paid out to the descendants of slaves by the United States Government, this money would typically come from taxes. The idea of repaying an entire ethnic group or group that has been previously wronged is not an
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unprecedented idea. Following World War II and the Holocaust, Jewish survivors received payments from Germany for the atrocities committed against Jews. Also, 50 years after the interment of thousands of Japanese Americans during WWII, the United States government paid out $20,000 to each victim of the internment. The idea of giving reparation money to descendants of slaves however is a different idea altogether. It is a more complicated issue, as almost one hundred and fifty years have gone by since Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. In that time, so much has changed in America, that reparations for the family members of former slaves would be nearly impossible to fairly evaluate. I do not feel that reparations to individual African Americans would be a fair or realistic solution to the wrongdoings of the past. There are many reasons why direct reparations in the form of payouts to
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