12689692, sure - but the diagnosis isn't as simple as you make it out to be.|
Posted by Vex_id, Sun Jan-04-15 06:06 PM
>Even if your people never owned slaves, you
>benefitted from the government sanctioned super-exploited
>state of enslaved Black folks. Hence, contemporary issues of
>racism and white privilege.
People say this in a one-size fits all fashion, making no room for distinction amongst an American whose family has been in America for centuries versus those whose family arrived here within the past 50 years. Those are very different groups of Americans - both culturally and (often) socio-economically.
So to just say "well idc, they all are complicit and benefited" isn't very helpful in seriously prescribing a reparations formula.
We should accurately account for those proximately responsible for the institution of slavery. Descendants of slave-owners should have their wealth audited and be compelled to disburse reparations to the descendants of their slaves -- but the biggest wave of reparations should come from government payments. The American government legalized and sanctioned slavery and thus should be held accountable for distributing wide-ranging reparations. However, going after Dmitry and his so-called 'white' family who moved to America in 1996 because they (apparently) benefit vastly from 'white privilege' isn't a very productive use of time.