Reparations  for  slavery

Does the idea of "reparations for slavery" make any sense in the 21st century?  Whites, none of whom are or were slave owners, would be making transfer payments to blacks, none of whom are or were slaves.  Instead of targeting specific corporations, this time Jesse Jackson and others are talking about demanding payments from white people in general.  Most of the proposed mechanisms for collection of the money are based on tax credits, but at least one calls for a 75¢ per gallon gasoline tax.  (This assumes, I suppose, that the descendants of slaves do not buy gasoline.)  In any event, it is too late.  All the slaves and slave owners from centuries ago are long gone.  It is time to move on to more realistic goals and more urgent issues.

The whole topic of reparations for slavery is so stale and uninteresting that it really does not deserve to be dignified with any further attention.  This page would be a complete waste of bandwidth except that it shows the ridiculous goals of a few people on the noisy fringe of the political left.

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"The ongoing campaign for so-called Reparations rests upon the allegation that the European civilization in general — and its trans-Atlantic heirs, the founding fathers of the United States in particular — should be taken to task for the fact that they practiced slavery.  That is somewhat ironic since the Western civilization is in fact the only civilization in history to have created from within itself a successful movement to condemn and abolish slavery."

-- Srdja Trifkovic  

A few words about the history of slavery:

Progressives Don't Want Blacks Thinking.  There is not an ethnicity on earth today or in the history of the world whose members have not been slaves.  Slavery was never about skin color; it was about conquest, infrastructure and commerce.  Muslims were in the past the most prolific in the slave industry, albeit it's unpopular to point that out.  It's even more unpopular to point out that Islam virtually owns the flourishing global slave industry today.  A question that demands an answer is:  "If skin-color profiteers are so offended by slavery, and view America not as the repository of opportunity for all, but rather as a portrait of ill-gotten gain(s) based upon the practice of slavery — why don't they hate Muslims?"

Black Slaves, Muslim Masters: An appeal to American blacks.  Arabs and Muslims have black slaves today and hardly anyone, especially the leftist class which preens about its devotion to human rights, is screaming about this.  In five African nations — Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Nigeria, and Sudan — blacks serve Arab/Muslim masters.  They are bought and sold like furniture.  They are worked until they drop, tortured, raped, forcibly converted to Islam, and murdered.  This has been going on for many years, but it only occasionally makes today's headlines.  This is an open secret.  Anyone can Google "blacks sold as slaves in Libya" and see video of slave markets.  I know Africans from Sudan and Nigeria and Mauritania who want to tell this story but they cannot get platforms.  Below is a short clip of the testimony of an escaped slave from Sudan, Francis Bok.  Here is his incredible story told in long form.  I have decided to help these people tell their story.  The people who need to hear it most are American blacks.

Maxine Waters Talks Reparations in Selma.  Slavery was the darkest chapter in American history.  No reasonable person thinks otherwise.  I wish we could undo it so it never existed, but that's not possible.  It happened.  But it's also been gone for more than 150 years.  So why is Maxine Waters talking about reparations? [...] No one alive today in the United States has "legally" owned another human being here.  Because of that, there's no one to actually pay reparations.  Not a single living person is responsible for the sins of that era.  No living person can be forced to pay for the sins of that era without violating his or her rights.

The Age of Expert Ignorance.  To begin with, no living black American ever was a slave, just as no living white American ever was a slave owner.  Making human beings responsible for events with which they themselves had nothing to do is not only incoherent, it is an infinite task.  When does it end?

Slavery:  The Inconvenient Truth.  On the subject of slavery, very few children today are reminded that the process to abolish the Atlantic slave trade began over 200 years ago and was done primarily thanks to the intrepid mariners of the Royal Navy, who set about the arduous and dangerous task of enforcing legislation passed in the British Parliament.  The West Africa Squadron, which was established for this single purpose, was not a popular posting because it brought with it enormous risks, not least of which was death from tropical diseases.  But officers and men pursued the task with almost evangelical zeal and eventually prevailed.  Little or no mention in the history lessons of William Wilberforce, who was a primary player in the campaign to abolish slavery.  He devoted his life to a cause that cost him his friendships and his health.  Not a single African country, to my knowledge, acknowledges him, nor is there any memorial to him.  They are also not told that the Arabs (Muslims) were enslaving Africans long before the Europeans arrived, and that they continue to enslave Africans today.  And as slaves their conditions were immeasurably harsher than those that prevailed in North America.  Nothing in the textbooks about the fact that only a small percentage of the people forcibly removed from Africa ended up in what is today the USA, and that the Africans who came to America as slaves were the lucky ones who escaped the poverty, utter lawlessness, and endemic tribal wars in their homeland to be introduced to the most advanced civilization in history.

Reparations: Who Should Pay?  But let's for a moment pretend that the whole idea of reparations for blacks, but not all the other groups who've been discriminated against, like, say, the Irish, makes sense.  The first question is, who should be paid?  Obviously not blacks like Obama, who have not a drop of slave blood.  The government would have to spend a fortune to find out what percentage of slave blood black Americans had to see how much each was owned.  But it's worse than that.  If someone is 50% white and 50% black slave ancestry, how much does white privilege offset the debt owed due to slavery?  Leftists will argue that since blacks have suffered persecution after slavery ended, all blacks should be reimbursed.  That's an interesting point, so long as we ignore all the other "types" of Americans ranging from the Irish to the Japanese who have been persecuted, [...]

Cynthia Nixon ignites outrage for saying marijuana could be 'form of reparations' in black neighborhoods.  Cynthia Nixon took heat Monday from black leaders over her comments that creating a legalized pot industry in New York could serve as a form of reparations in black communities.  Nixon on Saturday told Forbes magazine "now that cannabis is exploding as an industry, we have to make sure that those communities that have been harmed and devastated by marijuana arrests get the first shot at this industry."

Former New Black Panther Chairman: 'You Don't Like Us, Mr. Trump?  Then Hand Over the State of Florida'.  Malik Shabazz, former chairman of the New Black Panther Party and president of Black Lawyers for Justice, called on President Trump to provide reparations for slavery or designate territory solely for African-Americans. [...] "We want land.  We want our own.  You don't like us, Mr. Trump?  Break us off some of this territory.  You don't like us, Mr. Trump?  You don't want to be around us?  Then hand over the state of Florida," he added.  "You don't want to be around us — make a trade.  Give me Georgia.  Give me Alabama.  Give me South Carolina."

The Editor says...
You are free to purchase land in Florida with your own money.  The land will not be given to you just because you demand it.

Dream Democrat Agenda Includes Reparations.  A wealthy Democratic donor club plotting the future of the liberal movement hopes to be fighting for reparations by 2022, according to a document obtained by the Washington Free Beacon from the Democracy Alliance's spring conference this week in Atlanta.  The desire was stated in the invitation for a Monday reception during the annual spring gathering, which was attended by top Democratic Party officials such as DNC chairman Tom Perez, former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, and Reps.  Raul Grijalva (Ariz.) and Mark Pocan (Wis.).  The reception, "Way to Win: 2022 Victory Party," was presented as a look forward at what's possible if Democrats can be effective in coming elections.

Black man demands free Starbucks coffee as 'reparations' — white barista immediately complies.  "I heard ya'll was racist, so I came to get my free coffee," Sharpe says in the video to the white barista taking his order. [...] "That's what I'm talking about!  This is justice," Sharpe says sarcastically.  "This is justice.  This is what I'm talking about."  The barista went onto to offer his choice of milk and flavoring.

Maxine Waters promises reparations in 'stump speech for 2020'.  If Democrats win back the House in 2018, Maxine Waters is promising financial reparations for black Americans.  During an appearance in Selma, Alabama on Saturday, Waters appeared alongside CNN commentator Angela Rye.  Waters took her time to — what else — attack President Trump, criticizing him for his alleged connections to Russia.

Waters promises 'reparations' if Dems take over in 2020.  How radical can the Democrats get if they take over the government again?  What used to be an extreme position — reparations to black people for slavery — is now entering the mainstream of Democratic party thought and could become a reality once the Democrats regain power.  Reparations have been mentioned since the end of slavery, but in recent years, it has been elevated to a serious issue by liberal Democrats.  Rep. Maxine "Mad Max" Waters, appears to want to make it a cornerstone of a run for the presidency in 2020.

How Progressives Use Race as a Weapon Against Our Country.  The actual enslavement of black Africans was carried out by black Africans, who sold them to Muslim Arabs, and only later to white Europeans in the Atlantic slave trade — a trade that began in 1526 and lasted for 300 years.  In other words, Americans generally did not "enslave" black Africans but bought African slaves from their black African masters.  They then transported them in the Middle Passage to the continental United States. [...] America — the United States of America — did not sustain 400 years of slavery as was long claimed by her attackers, or 246 years of slavery, as [Randall] Robinson claimed.  It was only 78 years from the founding of America in 1787 with the signing of the Constitution, to the Emancipation Proclamation and the Union victory abolished the hateful institution.  Thus, historically speaking — accurately speaking — black Africa enslaved blacks, and majority white America liberated blacks.

Slavery still exists today, and it's ugly.
African slaves cut open for their kidneys in Libya's burgeoning organ trafficking market.  The investigation into Libya's seedy underbelly, where men and women are sold off to the highest bidder, has earned international condemnation, with demands for a swift investigation into the human rights atrocity.  Now, a Ghanaian lawyer claims trafficking in the country is being used to facilitate the illegal sale of human organs and encourage a lucrative "red market".  In an interview with TV3's New Day, Bobby Banson said that he had viewed a number of videos of interviews with people who found themselves trapped into slavery with at least one person revealing he was aware that body parts of others were being harvested.

Kuwaiti Muslim Cleric:  "Slavery should be celebrated as one of the virtues of Islam'.  "Slavery has always been a part of Islam and Muslims should not try to deny this because when women and children of the enemy are taken as slaves, they are treated well.  ("Well" as in getting repeatedly raped by gangs of Muslim men?)  Best of all, these infidel slaves are forced to convert to Islam which will save them from the hellfire."

Libyan Markets Sell Slaves for $800 Apiece.  Slavery is alive and well in certain corners of the world, from North Korea's big-money "labor export" racket and brutal work camps to Libya, where CNN discovered slave auctions hawking migrant workers for $800 apiece.

Africans are being sold at Libyan slave markets.  Thanks, Hillary Clinton.  Black Africans are being sold in open-air slave markets, and it's Hillary Clinton's fault.  But you won't hear much about that from the news media or the foreign-policy pundits, so let me explain.  Footage from Libya, released recently by CNN, showed young men from sub-Saharan Africa being auctioned off as farm workers in slave markets.  And how did we get to this point?  As the BBC reported back in May, "Libya has been beset by chaos since NATO-backed forces overthrew long-serving ruler Col. Moammar Gadhafi in October 2011."

We must let go of the grudges from slavery.  The greatest threat to a healthy black culture and consciousness today is an inability to see beyond slaveholding.  When we carry resentments in our hearts over generations, these resentments hurt us.  Dwelling on slaveholding creates a desire to get back at others, to lash out.  One feels entitled to destroy institutions due to the original sin of slavery.

Star Parker Gives Powerful Testimony Comparing Abortion To Slavery.  On Wednesday [11/1/2017], Star Parker, columnist and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) testified before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice regarding H.R. 490, otherwise known as the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017.  [Video clip]

Snapshots From A Muslim Photographer:  Islam Rejects Racism? (Part 2).  Carlos Khalil Guzman takes no notice of the Arab Slave Trade, where Arab cruelty toward black Africans was so obviously in evidence.  What does he know about this traffic that involved, over 1300 years, 100 million black Africans?  That trade began earlier, and ended later (and only under Western pressure), and claimed many more victims, than the Atlantic Slave Trade.  The Arab trade consisted mainly of capturing black boys in the bush and castrating them on site, then herding them to the slave markets of Islam.  Only about 10% survived both the castration and the difficult journey, according to Jan Hogedoorn in his study "The Hideous Trade."  Estimates of the numbers involved are that 17 million Africans made it alive to be sold as slaves; if we take the estimate of Jan Hogedoorn that that represented 10% of those originally seized, that would mean, if only black boys were taken, 170 million black Africans were captured by African slavers.

Blacks, Crime, and the Bended Knee.  Whites comprise about 75 percent of America's population and they have had just about enough of the offensive accusations, protests, and moral outrage directed at them.  Yes, blacks were brought here centuries ago as slaves, but America did not originate slavery nor do we still practice slavery, as do parts of Africa and Muslim nations today.  In fact, America fought a civil war to end slavery.  It's been over 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation, thus, the fate of today's blacks rests not upon yesterday's slaveholders, but upon today's failed black leadership who have intentionally kept America's blacks on an imaginary plantation through the indoctrination of victimhood.

Will The Left Start Calling For New York To Be Renamed?  Ever since the Charlottesville protests, the Left has ramped up their crusade against Confederate monuments and street named after Confederate generals.  Using their logic, they should be calling for renaming the leftist mecca of New York, whose namesake is derived from a slave trader.  The Daily Caller reminded everyone that New York is named after the former duke of York, James Stuart, who would eventually become King James II.  James formed the Royal African Company (RAC), which eventually "became the largest single company involved in the slave trade," according to a 1999 UNESCO paper.  The RAC traded an average of 5,000 slaves per year from 1680-6 and a total of 30,000 from 1680-1700.  The company remained in the slave trading industry until it moved to trading gold dust and ivory in 1731.

When Haters Hijack History.  [General Robert E.] Lee and his immediate family opposed slavery.  His wife and mother-in-law were active in a pre-war Christian Southern movement to liberate slaves, relocating them to Liberia.  Lee's wife and daughter set up an illegal school for slaves at Arlington Plantation, teaching them to read the [B]ible.

Whose Side Is He On?  I wonder how many of the counter-protesters at the Charlottesville event even had any idea who Robert E. Lee was.  He was a major hero of the Mexican-American War.  He fought for the Confederacy against the Union, but at the time he did it, it was not illegal.  Slavery was — while 100 percent evil — completely protected by law as of 1861.  When Lee went to work to defend his native Virginia, he was not violating any law.  In fact, at no time did the Supreme Court rule that secession was unconstitutional.  To the contrary, when the Supreme Court moved towards declaring secession lawful, President Lincoln, in violation of every lawful principle, threatened to have Roger Taney, the Chief Justice, arrested and jailed.

Functional Illiterates Trying to Erase History.  Robert E. Lee, before the outbreak of the war, was overwhelmingly regarded as the finest military mind in the U.S. army.  Winfield Scott offered him command of all Union forces at the outbreak of hostilities.  But he chose allegiance to his state of Virginia, rather than the Federal government.  He didn't fight for slavery.  He freed his slaves.  He was fighting for states' rights.  He was an honorable God fearing noble man.  Stonewall Jackson was an extremely religious man who waged war with a passion, but also taught Sunday School to slaves.  Lee and Jackson must be viewed in the context of the 19th century rather than being judged by the standards of the 21st century.  The vast majority of Confederate soldiers who did the fighting and dying during that war didn't own slaves.  They weren't fighting to maintain slavery.  They were fighting because a foreign army had invaded their land.  In 1860 this nation was more an amalgamation of states than a centralized government.  States still had a tremendous amount of power and leeway to run their states the way they chose.  The ever increasing power of a central authority occurred during and after the Civil War.  The South were not the bad guys.  Their leaders, generals and soldiers were not evil.  They were Americans.

The Erasure Of The Southern Heritage.  Before the war between the states, the understanding that it was a war "against the United States of America" presupposes the outcome of the war.  Or in other words, membership is said states was seen as the right of association, and secession was seen as the exercise of that right.  Furthermore, no one I know who really understands the war between the states thinks that it was fought over slavery.  In order to understand the thinking at the time, one must understand that slavery was on its way out, would not have lasted, and was effectively obsolete given industrialization.

In Sudan, enslavement of non-Muslims is openly practiced, even today.  True Islamic Values include enslavement of non-Muslims.  Sudanese soldiers capture women and children, considered war booty, and turn them into slaves, sexual and otherwise.  [Video clip]

Slavery, White Guilt, and the Politics of Absurdity.  Over a hundred million white Americans trace their ancestry to immigrants who passed through Ellis Island, which didn't open until 1900.  Most white Americans are descendants from people who came to these shores long after slavery was extinguished.  The indictment of all white people for the evil of slavery because they share skin color with slave owners is an indulgence in absurdity.  We are told not to judge all Muslims as terrorists or all blacks responsible for the crimes of individual blacks.  Yet, for whites, the collective guilt is unending.  It is propagated in our universities under the now theological dictates of white privilege and white guilt. [...] Without powerful African kings who were all too willing to sell the people they vanquished to the Europeans, it is doubtful there would have been a trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Wisconsin students group demands free tuition for black students.  The student government at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said on Wednesday [2/15/2017] that black students should be offered free tuition and housing because blacks were legally barred from education during slavery and university remains out of reach for black students today.  The Associated Students of Madison said in a resolution that suburban high school students are over-represented.  The group said consideration of ACT and SAT scores in applications upholds "white supremacy" because it restricts opportunities for the poor.  The college has proposed measures aimed at improving diversity.

Slavery and Non-Consensual Sex OK, Says Muslim Georgetown Professor.  That slavery and non-consensual sex can be okay is not a sentiment you expect to hear from someone employed in politically correct academia — but it obviously is acceptable when a politically correct kind of person says it.  This appears the case with Georgetown Islamic Studies professor Jonathan Brown, who stated in a recent talk that it's "not immoral for one human to own another human."  A 39-year-old convert to Islam, Brown reportedly expressed the above beliefs in a Feb. 7 lecture at the International Institute of Islamic Thought in Herndon, Virginia.  Titled "Islam and the Problem of Slavery," the professor apparently believes there's only a problem with slavery when it's not governed by Islam.

Not So Fast, UN: The US Owes No 'Reparations' to Blacks.  A thumbnail review of the real history of slavery is in order here.  First, to be clear, there is no doubt many injustices and human tragedies have occurred throughout our history because of slavery; but that is true everywhere slavery has occurred. [...] Slavery became a worldwide phenomenon during the Middle Ages.  The modern slave trade began and expanded early in the era, but the practice existed in some form or other from time immemorial.  Under the Roman Empire, it was not a black-only phenomenon, but universal.  Nevertheless, before the first millennium A.D., Middle Eastern Muslims were selling goods to African kingdoms.  Those kingdoms were paying for those goods with human capital — their own people, black people.  Though Christians became involved in the slave trade somewhat later, Arab Muslim traders were probably first to hold blacks as slaves and as they ceded global dominion of the slave trade to Europeans later on.  They also are estimated to have enslaved over a million European Christians in the "barbary states" of North Africa.

Slavery: Racially Incorrect Facts.  One glaringly inconvenient truth that, odds are, few folks of any race are aware is that the very first legal slave owner in America was one Anthony Johnson — a black man.  More specifically, Johnson was an Angolan who himself had been an indentured servant in the colony of Virginia before he became a tobacco planter himself.  One of the African indentured servants who worked Johnson's 300 acre plot of land was John Casor.  When Casor had completed his seven year term of service to Johnson, he asked to be freed.  Johnson refused. [...] Casor became the first legally recognized slave in the American colonies.  Johnson, then, was the first slave owner.

Obama's 'Confident Ignorance' At Root Of His Failure.  His statement in "Dreams from My Father" about how white men went to Africa to "drag away the conquered in chains" betrays his ignorance of African history.  The era of the Atlantic slave trade and the era of European conquests across the continent of Africa were different eras.  During the era of the Atlantic slave trade, most of Africa was ruled by Africans, who sold some of their slaves to white men.  European conquests in Africa had to wait until Europeans found some way to survive lethal African diseases, to which they lacked resistance.  Only after medical science learned to deal with these diseases could the era of European conquests spread across sub-Saharan Africa.  But the Atlantic slave trade was over by then.

Another overview:
The Scapegoat for Strife in the Black Community.  No one wanted to be a slave.  But their rejection of slavery as a fate for themselves in no way meant that they were unwilling to enslave others.  It was just not an issue — until the 18th century, and then it became an issue only in Western civilization.  Neither Africans, Asians, Polynesians, nor the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere saw anything wrong with slavery, even after small segments of British and American societies began to condemn slavery as morally wrong in the 18th century.  What was special about America was not that it had slavery, which existed all over the world, but that Americans were among the very few peoples who began to question the morality of holding human beings in bondage.

The Myths of American Slavery.  [Scroll down]  So how are 21st Century citizens of the United States obliged to "finally wrestle" with, in this case, the long-ago deaths of Africans who were enslaved by other Africans, forcefully driven for many miles through a Mozambique port and on to a Portuguese slave ship bound for Brazil, while the descendants of all those who actually participated in this event are allowed to be wistfully unconcerned and guilt-free?  You see, Mr. Bunch is wrong on one key point.  Slavery is not everybody's story — it must remain exclusively a story for the United States and its people.  Only we are required to bear the indelible stain of this country's original sin — and it appears those who entered or will enter here assume this mantle of guilt themselves a century-and-a-half after the institution of slavery was ended.  It is a scab that must be picked at incessantly — not out of any real concern for those who suffered centuries ago, but to gain political advantage today.

Report of 45.8 Million Enslaved People Underestimates Problem, Offers Wrong Solution.  The Australia-based Walk Free Foundation released its annual Global Slavery Index on May 31, stating that an estimated 45.8 million people live in modern versions of slavery.  The organization said that its latest figures are about 28 percent higher than its last estimate two years ago.  A commentary on the report in the New York Times observed that its definition of slavery differs from the historical one — in which people were held as legal property.  Modern slavery, notes the Times, "is generally defined as human trafficking, forced labor, bondage from indebtedness, forced or servile marriage or commercial sexual exploitation."  The Walk Free Foundation's report said more than half of those living in what it defines as "modern day slavery" are in five countries:  India, with 18.35 million, China, with 3.39 million, Pakistan, 2.13 million, Bangladesh, 1.53 million, and Uzbekistan, 1.23 million.  The report also found that North Korea, which is ruled by an oppressive communist regime, has the highest per capita level of modern slavery, at 4.37 percent of its population.

Why we should welcome a real trial about slave reparations.  For the past fifteen or so years, there has been a movement among some liberals to require that the descendents of former slaves be paid for the suffering of their ancestors.  Conservatives have railed against this transfer of wealth, saying (rightly, one should add) that a person or entity cannot be held responsible for the actions of another person who has been dead for over 150 years.  Lloyd's of London was sued in 2004 by a group of descendents of African slaves, and the British court system ruled against their claim.  There have been other claims made by the descendents of African slaves.  All of these have been laughed out of court.  Conservatives also claim (again, correctly) that offering reparations helps to keep poorer African-Americans in a perpetual state of victimhood.  But conservatives should not only welcome the concept of a reparations trial, we should also be championing it.

Blacks and the Confederacy.  Last July, Anthony Hervey, an outspoken black advocate for the Confederate flag, was killed in a car crash.  Arlene Barnum, a surviving passenger in the vehicle, told authorities and the media that they had been forced off the road by a carload of "angry young black men" after Hervey, while wearing his Confederate kepi, stopped at a convenience store en route to his home in Oxford, Mississippi.  His death was in no small part caused by the gross level of ignorance, organized deceit and anger about the War of 1861.  Much of the ignorance stems from the fact that most Americans believe the war was initiated to free slaves, when in truth, freeing slaves was little more than an afterthought.

Texas: Muslim couple indicted on charges they enslaved African girl for 16 years.  The son and daughter-in-law of a former West African leader have been indicted on charges that they enslaved a girl from their native country while living in Texas.

Couple indicted on charges they enslaved African girl for 16 years.  A Texas couple accused of forcing an African girl to work as a domestic slave for 16 years — allegedly while calling her a whore and "a little nothing" — were indicted Wednesday on a litany of federal charges, including forced labor.  Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure, both 57, of Southlake, were also indicted by a jury on charges of alien harboring for financial gain and conspiracies to commit forced labor and alien harboring, Justice Department officials announced.  The couple was charged in August after arranging for the girl — who didn't speak English — to travel alone from her village in the Republic of Guinea to their home in January 2000.  Toure, the son of Guinea's first president, along with his wife, then forced the girl to work as the family's domestic slave, including cooking, cleaning and performing yard work, federal prosecutors allege.

Baltimore Professor:  White People Need To Personally Give All Their Money To Black People.  So here's what you should do.  Take that extra savings you have, or money you were saving for a family trip to Disney World, and give it away.  Not to starving children or to the Red Cross, though.  You're supposed to find a black person, any black person, and deposit that money directly into their bank account.  Solely because they are black.  Does that sound racist in and of itself?  Your white privilege is showing.  Now, lest ye think we deserve a boatload of hatemail for suggesting such a thing, we direct you to the source of this utter lunacy:  Lawrence Brown.  Mr. Brown is an assistant professor in the Public Health Department at Morgan State University in Baltimore.  This leftist activist teaches that black Americans require reparations, that America is still segregated, and black Americans continue to suffer from the historical trauma of white supremacist America.

Democrats — Still the Party of Slavery after all these years.  If one were to listen only to contemporary civil rights leaders in this country, one would come away with the impression that slavery was a uniquely American sin.  You also would get the clear impression that it was eradicated by the Democrats over the ongoing objection of the Republicans, but that is another story for another day.  Slavery as an institution still exists today, although it's practice is mostly restricted to Islamic cultures.  It also has taken many forms throughout history.  In czarist Russia for example, serfs were regarded as being "part of the land."  If a parcel of land or an estate changed hands between owners, the serfs who lived upon and worked that land went with it.  They were not legally allowed to leave and go elsewhere, and rarely permitted to seek other occupations.  Regardless of the details of how slavery was legally managed from one culture to the next, the defining principle was always the same:  as a slave, your labor belongs to someone else, and can be compelled.

New York Times Sunday Op-Ed Praises 'Black Lives Matter,' But What Exactly Does BLM Praise?  Often times, BLM supporters say that individuals who promote radical economic ideas such as total reparations, free college for all minorities, and other quasi-socialist-communist policies are simply fringe elements of the group.  They do not represent the whole.  They assert that the group is primarily focused on anti-police violence[.]  But according to the Movement for Black Lives website, this could not be further from the truth.  The core element of this group is a desire for an overbearing federal government focused on wealth redistribution.  The Black Lives Matter movement website is very explicit in calling for large government programs that provide all costs covered for education, not just to black lives but to illegal aliens as well.

Professor: Some Calls For Reparations Don't Go Far Enough.  A British professor argued in a Monday [8/28/2017] op-ed that many of the calls for reparations don't go far enough when addressing the history of slavery.  Birmingham City University Associate Professor Kehinde Andrews wrote in a Guardian op-ed that proposals for free college education for black people and canceling debt in third world countries aren't good enough calls for reparations.  "In many ways the calls for reparatory justice do not take go far enough.  Caricom includes a demand to cancel third world debt, and the Movement for Black Lives for free tuition for African Americans," Andrews wrote.

Black Lives Matter Unveils List Of Demands To White People:  Give Up The Home You Own.  Black Lives Matter activist Chanelle Helm released a list of "requests" to white people in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this month.  Helm, the so-called "cofounder and core organizer of Black Lives Matter Louisville," explained in an article published at the things she says need to "change."

Michael Eric Dyson Calls for Whites to Have an I.R.A. — 'Individual Reparations Account'.  Professor Michael Eric Dyson thinks that white people should have an "Individual Reparations Account" to make donations to black institutions and individuals.

Sheriff Clarke:  For 8 Years Obama Has 'Rubbed White Peoples' Nose in the Stain of Slavery' — He Can't Let Go.  In reference to the horrendous number of homicides in Chicago and President Barack Obama's pracice of dividing people by race, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said Black Lives Matter never marches in Chicago and Obama, for eight years, has been rubbing "white people's nose in the stain of slavery" because he cannot let the issue go, and wants America to wallow in racial division.  On the Dec. 28 edition of Hannity, guest host Kimberly Guilfoyle said, "Sheriff Clarke, always great to see you, too.  We have numbers here.  Chicago murders since 2009 — 3,904 lives lost, and these numbers come from the Chicago police department.  It's unbelievable.  It's a war right here on our streets in this country."

Obama: I Can't Pursue Reparations Because It's Politically Infeasible.  President Barack Obama said in an interview published Wednesday that reparations payments for black Americans could be a good idea but simply aren't politically feasible.  Speaking with The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates, Obama said that it's easy to make an argument for reparations for black Americans because of past sins like slavery and Jim Crow laws.

Black Activists Launch Monthly Fee System For Whites To Pay Blacks.  Liberal black activists have launched a monthly "subscription box" designed for white people "to not only financially support Black femme freedom fighters, but also complete measurable tasks in the fight against white supremacy."  The subscription service is called Safety Pin Box and was launched last week.  Wearing a safety pin has recently become a symbol within the liberal community for one to show solidarity with minorities.

DNC Chair Favorite Keith Ellison Supports Bill To 'Study Reparation Proposals'.  Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota is making headlines after announcing his bid for chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).  Ellison already has strong support from Sens.  Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Harry Reid.  Some have said Ellison's own identity as an African-American and a Muslim would be a strong statement for the Democratic Party under the upcoming Donald Trump administration.  He previously advocated for, and is reportedly a "passionate supporter" of H.R. 40:  Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, co-sponsored by Michigan Rep. John Coyners Jr.

Democrats and United Nations catch reparations fever.  In Obama's post-racial utopian America, racial tensions have reached levels not seen since the 1960s, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by Democrats and their globalist buddies at the United Nations.  Earlier this week, the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent released a report advocating that the United States provide reparations to African-Americans due to a history of slavery in America, and how that links to present so-called injustices against black Americans.

U.S. owes black people reparations for a history of 'racial terrorism,' says U.N. panel.  The history of slavery in the United States justifies reparations for African Americans, argues a recent report by a U.N.-affiliated group based in Geneva.  This conclusion was part of a study by the United Nations' Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a body that reports to the international organization's High Commissioner on Human Rights.  The group of experts, which includes leading human rights lawyers from around the world, presented its findings to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday [9/26/2016], pointing to the continuing link between present injustices and the dark chapters of American history.

UN Panel:  U.S. Owes Black People Reparations for History of Slavery.  A United Nations-affiliated group in Geneva is calling for the U.S. to give African Americans reparations for the country's history of slavery, according to a recent report by the group.  The group's statement was part of a study by the United Nations' Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a group that reports to the international organization's High Commissioner on Human Rights, The Washington Post reported.  The group of experts, made up of leading human rights lawyers from around the world, presented its findings about the link between the U.S.'s history of slavery and present injustices, such as the recent police shootings of African Americans to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday [9/26/2016].

Black Woman Launches 'Reparations' Website For Guilty White People.  A new website allows non-white people to ask for and receive "reparations" from white people, more often than not in the form of a financial windfall:  free laptops, tuition for Ivy League schools, an engagement ring and credit assistance are a few examples of reparations requested, offered or already paid out on the site., founded by a black woman named Natasha Marin, has a Craigslist-like layout where non-white people post their requests for reparations from white people.  White people can fulfill requests as well as post their own offers of reparations.

BlackLivesMatter Walrus Admits She Only Wants Their Money.  Want to know what the BLM thugs think about their white allies?  This one says she only wants to use white allies to drain their bank accounts, says that every single possession or cultural aspect whites own was stolen — she claims that literally everything white people have should be given away to blacks.

Activist Demands Reparations for All 'Fat, Black' Women.  According to a piece on an "intersectional feminist media" website, "fat, black" women are owed reparations due to the "trauma" that comes with being one. [...] It's important to note that [Ashleigh] Shackleford is not just some random basement blogger.  She is also the creator of an organization called Free Figure Revolution, and a respected feminist activist who speaks at a whole host of progressive conferences and events.

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If this woman is fat and black, whose fault is that?  Who is supposed to write a check for reparations that are allegedly owed to her?  Should the reparations check include a few extra bucks for those who are ugly and stupid, too?

The American descendants of African slaves are way ahead of their cousins who stayed in Africa.
Witchcraft threatens Malawi albinos with extinction:  UN expert.  Malawi's estimated 10,000 albinos face "systematic extinction" if they continue to be murdered for their body parts for use in witchcraft, a UN expert warned Friday [4/29/2016].  Ikponwosa Ero told journalists at the end of a 12-day assessment in the country that the situation "constitutes an emergency, a crisis disturbing in its proportions".  Her call for action came as a court in Malawi slapped a 17-year jail term on two men arrested last week for murdering a 21-year-old albino woman.

Sanders Says He'll Apologize For Slavery.  He Should Start By Apologizing For Socialism.  [Scroll down]  Sanders thinks he has a shot at the nomination if he can just pry enough black support away from Hillary.  So he'll say anything, including imputing pro-slavery motivations to his opponents.  In reality, of course, the president apologizing for slavery 150 years after its conclusion only exacerbates racial tensions by reinforcing the notion that America is irredeemably racist; Sanders' protestations that he wants to "wipe the slate clean" are nonsense.  Teaching yet another generation of young black people that America was born in sin and raised in evil and bears a stain that will never be washed away — all of that will do nothing to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own lives.  But Sanders doesn't want individuals taking responsibility for their own lives.  It's government's job to take responsibility for everybody's life — to seize from them their property and their labor for its own ends.  Which, come to think of it, sounds a lot more like involuntary servitude than freedom.

Danny Glover: 'Societies Must Apologize' for Slavery with Reparations.  Actor and activist Danny Glover called on international leaders to "apologize" for the enslavement of African-Americans in the past through reparations for descendants.  "I call upon you today as policy representatives and socially conscious citizens, public servants of our countries guided by personal ethics, religions, faith and/or official oath of office to avow a commitment to democracy, justice, equality and human rights.  The call today for reparatory justice for Afro-descendants is an imperative for expanded democracy and spiritual and material well-being.  It is a test case for human decency that conforms to the accepted standards of morality," Glover said in a speech before the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on "Reparations for Slavery and the Genocide of Native Peoples."

Sanders: 'Yes' I'd apologize for slavery and I'd make reparations by investing in low-income communities.  Bernie Sanders committed tonight to formally apologizing for slavery on behalf of the United States if he becomes president.  Sanders told heavily black audience that Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, 'There's nothing that anybody can do to undo the deaths and misery, how many people we don't even know who died on the way over here in the ships.'  But the United States has to make an attempt to 'wipe the slate clean' by acknowledging the truth, he said after an audience member asked him point blank if he'd offer a presidential-level apology and he said, 'Yes.'

$8.3 Trillion in Reparations.  It is a given that blacks receive government checks at a higher rate than the rest of the population.  It is also a logical given that this is unfair to the rest of the population as this makes the rest of the population at least "part time slaves" to blacks (though anybody paying taxes is a slave to anybody else collecting a government check regardless of race). [...] The math is actually quite simple.  According to the Daily Kos of all people, blacks account for 32% of welfare recipients while only accounting for 12% of the population.  You would then think they receive thrice the amount of money they should, but it is not proportional math that is required here, but a "premium" calculation.  In short, blacks are entitled to 12% of the social spending budget, but receive an additional 20%.

Bernie Sanders confronted by supporters demanding slavery reparations as he courts the black vote.  Bernie Sanders was repeatedly pressed to endorse reparations tonight by his own supporters at a 'Black America' community forum.  'I know you're scared to say 'black,' I know you're scared to say 'reparations,' panelist Felicia Perry said, then told him, 'Can you please talk specifically about black people and reparations?'  Sanders replied, 'You and I may have a disagreement on this,' but 'it's not just black.  This is Latinos.  There are areas of America, more rural areas where its whites, OK?  As he talked about income inequality and poverty in the 'African-American community an audience member interrupted to urge him to use the term 'black.'  'I've said 'black' 50 times.  That's the 51st,' Sanders declared.

UN group recommends 'reparatory justice' for African Americans.  A United Nations working group visiting the United States walks away "extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African Americans," members said in a preliminary report released Friday [1/29/2016], in which they urged the US government to address the legacy of slavery with "reparatory justice," a national human rights commission, and ongoing criminal justice reform.

The absurdity of demanding reparations for slavery.  Slavery was the normal form of social organization from the discovery of agriculture onwards.  It may have been common among hunter-gatherers long before that, but the evidence is inconclusive.  What we do know is that ownership of human beings is at least as old as civilization.

Progressive Chomsky calls for reparations to blacks, Native Americans, Iraq.  Stating flatly that the oppression black slaves faced has not changed in 400 years, progressive hero Noam Chomsky said that the time is now to pay descendants reparations for using Africans to build up the U.S. economy.

Somewhat related:
Woman Asks 'White Friends' to Pay for Her Therapy to Deal with Stress from Racism.  A 29-year-old Thai-Cambodian woman has launched a fundraiser asking her "white friends" to pay for her therapy — claiming that they owe it to her because stress caused by racism is why she needs it in the first place.  Rinna Rem is from the Portland, Ore., area and suffers from a chronic illness that affects the heart and connective tissues called "Marfan syndrome."  According to Rem, the condition is much worse for her because of all of the racism.

We used to count black Americans as 3/5 of a person.  For reparations, give them 5/3 of a vote.  Thanks to a compromise between Southern slaveholders who wanted enslaved blacks counted in the population, for the sake of boosting Southern congressional representation, and Northern whites who didn't, the framers enshrined the three-fifths clause in the Constitution.  This agreement set the census value of a slave as 60 percent of the value of a free person.  Even after the 13th Amendment neutralized the political (and moral) compromise by abolishing slavery, Jim Crow laws, which contravened the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equality, stopped blacks from voting.  The just answer today is to invert that ratio.  If black Americans were once counted as three-fifths of a person, let each African American voter now count as five-thirds.

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Yes, anyone who was ever a slave and was counted as three fifths of a person should qualify for 5/3 votes.  No such person is still alive today.  This sort of idea only appeals to those who turn to the government to solve all their real and imaginary problems.  If your great-great-grandfather was a slave, how does that make your life any more difficult, and does it diminish the value of your vote?  Is that more of a limiting factor than your absentee father?  A greater problem with this idea makes the whole thing impossible to implement:  There are very few U.S. citizens who are genuine African-Americans, that is, a person who was born in Africa and now lives here.  There are those whose ancestors lived in Africa, but who have never lived in Africa.  Most so-called African-Americans have never been to Africa, know nothing factual about Africa, can't name half the countries in Africa, and don't even know which African country their relatives came from.  Reparations is a can of worms we need not open, since there is no shortage of divisive controversy already.

I've Had Enough: How About You?  I am tired of slavery.  My family never owned any, I never lived through it and no one alive has either.  If there are reparations to be paid, they won't get a dime from me.  The first slaveholder in America was a black man and the slaves were rounded up by blacks in Africa and sold to him by Muslims.  Ask those people to pay.

Slavery still exists in other parts of the world.
Selling Women in the Islamic State Caliphate.  The Islamic State recently sold 42 Yazidi girls to its jihadist fighters.  However, they have been sold for different prices in different places, mostly very cheaply.  In order to highlight how poorly the Islamic State values women, Clarion Project presents some prices of consumer goods in the United States by way of comparison.  The 42 Yazidi girls were sold by ISIS in Syria.  The prettier the woman, the more expensive she is.  Blue-eyed girls are priced higher than less 'exotic' girls.

Ills Of Blacks Due To Government, Not Racism.  Hustlers and people with little understanding want us to believe that today's black problems are the continuing result of a legacy of slavery, poverty and racial discrimination.  The fact is that most of the social pathology seen in poor black neighborhoods is entirely new in black history.

Reparation Movement Is Getting Out Of Hand.  Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens thinks suspected terrorists housed at Guantanamo are entitled to "reparations."  It's part of a long emerging line of claims from the left that's toxic for society.  Stevens is not alone in thinking the U.S. did something wrong for its long war on people trying to kill us, and that taxpayers need to shell out.  State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf left the door open to U.S. reparations for Gitmo's finest at a press conference last Friday when asked about claims that four of the six ex-inmates now walking free in Uruguay have made against Uncle Sam for their detention.

John Paul Stevens says some Guantanamo Bay detainees should be given reparations.  Retired Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens said this week that the government should compensate detainees still being held at Guantanamo Bay even after authorities determined that they did not pose a threat to the United States.  Stevens's call to give reparations to dozens of detainees at the U.S. military detention center in Cuba comes as the Pentagon is racing to move these inmates ahead of possible congressional action that could restrict transfers.

Baltimore High Schools Coordinate "Unity Riot" — Social Media Plans For Students To Converge On Downtown.  White Homeowners around the Baltimore community are now subject to home invasions by mobs of blacks seeking reparations.

Obama Set To Push For 'Slavery Reparations' In 2016.  New reports have suggested that Obama is preparing to push for slavery reparations in 2016.  This shocking plan was revealed by Fox Business News host Charles Payne during Thursday's [4/16/2015] episode of Making Money.

Fox Business Network's Charles Payne: Obama Will Push for Slavery Reparations in 2016.  During a segment on his Fox Business Network show Making Money, host Charles Payne said that he thinks Obama is making ready for a big push to pay billions in slavery reparations in 2016.

Caribbean Calls for Slavery Reparations Summit.  Representatives from the Caribbean Community Reparations Commission and the U.S. National African American Reparations Commission plan to call for a Global Summit of Reparations Commissions for 2017 to discuss demands for redress of the crimes of slavery and segregation.  The Institute of the Black World 21st Century said Tuesday the call emerged from last week's International Reparations Summit in New York City.

150 Years Later, Democrats Are Still Fighting Efforts to End Slavery.  The Democratic Party is the Party of Slavery.  They are the party that decided to secede from the Union.  They are the party that started a Civil War over the right to treat people as property.  They are the party that, once their side lost the war, set up structures to keep American citizens from exercising their civil rights.  And now, 150 years after the Civil War, the Democratic Party is at it again.

Islam's Greatest Contribution To The United States Was Slavery.  Our dear leader loves to talk about how Islam has been in the fabric of our nation since its birth.  My Colleague Ted Shoebat has talked about the Barbary Pirate wars, but prior to the American Revolution the Arab Muslims of North Africa biggest economic trade was to supply Slaves all over the world of which about 5% of all African slaves ended up here in the USA/Colonies with the majority going to Central and South America as well as slaves in the Middle East and India.  Obama obvious hates those white rich land owners, the founders of America who enslaved Black people and were evil, but he conveniently omits the suppliers of the slaves were mostly Arab Muslims, and still today the overwhelming majority of slavery that is prevalent today is promoted and controlled by Muslims.  The ugly head of sex slavery is now prevalent with ISIS, but is is rampant and has been even before this but rarely covered by the media.  Muslims prior to the industrial revolution never provided squat to the fabric of America, you cannot find anything they did to contribute to America's greatness.

'Debunking the progressive myths'.  Also, though I knew there were some, there were actually thousands of black slave owners (in fact the first slave owner in the colonies was black) and in states like Louisiana, the number of black masters equalled the number of white slave owners.  In addition, many countries over history have endured slavery, but we are the only one to have fought a war to end it, a war that resulted in the death of 350,000 Northern soldiers.  Mr. D'Souza does a masterful job of debunking the progressive myths that paint the noble concept that is America as a force of evil that must be destroyed and reinvented in the progressive image of equality.  The truth of our history — a truth that is no longer told in our schools — is presented.

The Democratic Party freak show sinks to new depths.  [Scroll down]  The Democratic Party is, however, clearly under the control and influence of a hardcore anti-American ideology.  Last night a video was played at the Democratic National Convention in which the Democrats proudly proclaimed that "government is the only thing we all belong to" in an effort to justify an ever expanding state that intrudes into more and more areas of ordinary folks' lives.  Seriously?  They want people to be slaves to the government?  The Democrats were, of course, the party of slavery.  It was the Republican, Abraham Lincoln, who freed the slaves and Republican votes that forced through the civil rights reforms in the 1960s against Democrat opposition.

Slavery did not begin or end in the United States.
A Map of the World's Slave Workforce.  According to a new estimate, there are 30 million forced laborers in the world.  Some reports show they're involved in making everything from iPhones to chocolate.

The Race Card Is Still Maxed Out.  An 1866 report compiled under the direction of Provost Marshal General James B. Fry estimated that 279,689 men in the Union forces died during the Civil War.  The toll was raised to 360,222 by the late 19th century, when widows and orphans brought forward information when applying for pensions and survivors' benefits.  By 1870, the Census Superintendent, Francis Amasa Walker, was arguing even that number was too low because many of those discharged died shortly after the war, as a result of war-related diseases and wounds. [...] For those with an ongoing agenda, such numbers apparently have nothing to do with "America's maturation," but I'm guessing that more than a few descendants of people who gave their lives to re-constitute a slave-free union, might be a tad dismissive of a multi-generational shakedown.  For me, it's a much simpler issue:  legions of Americans with no relationship whatsoever to slavery paying off people who were never victims of it, is absurd.

Taking Reparations Seriously.  [Scroll down]  Well, if the model is retribution — punishing wrongdoers — then reparations are clearly a non-starter.  The wrongdoers are dead, to start with.  Then, there's the little matter of the Civil War, which meted out quite a bit of punishment to the slave-owning portion of the country.  The statute of limitations isn't terribly relevant given that we're not talking about crimes that violated a statute in the first place; nonetheless, we are ultimately talking about harms that were inflicted generations ago.

Yes, I Blame White Liberals.  To all you liberal college professors and intellectuals who say blacks are still suffering the psychological repercussions of slavery, please knock it off.  You evil race hustlers are all about exploiting the goodness and fair-mindedness of the American people.  Slavery happened a gazillion years ago.  Get over it.

Author: Slavery Gives Us 'Responsibility' To Not Ban Flights From Liberia.  David Quammen, an author of multiple books on science and diseases, including "Ebola," and "Spillover," argued against a ban on flights to Liberia by stating the US has a "responsibility" to the nation "given the fact that this is a country that was founded in the 1820s, 1830s because of American slavery" on Thursday's [10/2/2014] "AC360" on CNN.

Why Reparations Wouldn't Work.  Reparations probably wouldn't accomplish what they're meant to do:  Place black Americans on a permanently raised economic plateau, one near that of white Americans.  Statistics about the economic disparities of these two groups are grim, and shocking:  As of 2012, for instance, the median household net worth of white Americans was more than twenty times that of blacks.  Median adjusted household income for blacks is only 59 percent of that for whites.  The reparations plans that have been suggested, however, would work a lot like lotteries.

Dallas County commissioners unwittingly back slavery reparations.  The Dallas County Commissioners Court declared Tuesday that African-Americans deserve reparations for slavery, even though most commissioners didn't seem to know that they were doing so.  The issue arose in a resolution written by John Wiley Price, the county's only black commissioner.  Described only as a "Juneteenth Resolution," it was approved unanimously.  Other commissioners admitted after their meeting Tuesday [6/17/2014] that they hadn't read the document before voting for it.  Commissioner Mike Cantrell, the court's lone Republican, later changed his vote to an abstention.

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I don't believe for one second that the Dallas County commissioners voted "unwittingly" for reparations.

Reparations and the Great Unmentionable.  Call it American history à la carte.  Over at the Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates, the magazine's national correspondent, has written a long and instructive piece titled "The Case for Reparations."  In which Coates supports Congressman John Conyers's H.R. 40, the Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act.  Let me start here by saying I don't doubt Mr. Coates's sincerity.  And since one of his objectives is doubtless to launch a serious discussion on the issue of race and specifically the issue of reparations, I'm happy to oblige.  This is a long and serious article.  Yet for all of the facts and passion, Coates never gets around to the Great Unmentionable. [...] What is the pattern here — a very telling pattern?  Everything was perpetrated by some vague "Mississippi" or, when named, a collection of people with titles like "governor" (Vardaman) or "senator" (Bilbo and Calhoun) or "Red Shirts" or "Klansmen" or just plain "Woodrow Wilson."  The Great Unmentionable in the Coates article is... the Democratic Party.  Progressives. Democratic political fortunes were built on racial politics.

A Call To Reparations Is A Dangerous Call To Victimhood.  Ta-Nehisi Coates' essay, The Case for Reparations, has been published to great fanfare.  By journalistic standards it is a massive tome which does not deliver on the promise of "groundbreaking" original content.  Nevertheless, in light of the noisy discussion the article has generated, it is worth examining the article's actual content and considering its merits. [...] One major problem with Coates' essay is that he says very little about reparations as such.  His focus is almost entirely on documenting injustices done, and instilling an appreciation for black Americans' contributions.  As interesting as that might be, it sheds almost no light on the weirdness of trying to make up for centuries of oppression through one grand act of expiation.

Reparations and the Moral Repugnance of Collective Guilt.  You've no doubt seen Ta-Nehisi Coates' 15,000 word article in The Altantic, making the case for slavery reparations.  I've always enjoyed reading Coates — a brilliant writer, and not one to march in lock step with anyone.  But Mr. Coates has gone off the rails with his advocacy for reparations.

Resuscitating Reparations Rhetoric.  Ta-Nehisi Coates' Atlantic cover piece last week, "The Case for Reparations," is an attempt to bring back a soggy and discarded set of ideas, dressed up to look like new.  The article is the latest installment of the intellectual left's current flavor of the month:  the idea that historical injustices run so deeply in our society that only their victims can fathom just how profoundly they affect society.  The implication, for everyone else, is that any contributions they might make to the discussion on those injustices are limited, prejudiced, and unworthy of serious consideration.  This idea has enjoyed a resurgence this year, particularly on college campuses.

Carribbean Adopts Plan to Seek Slavery Reparations.  Leaders of Caribbean nations on Monday unanimously adopted a broad plan on seeking reparations from European nations for what they say are the lingering ill effects of the Atlantic slave trade on the region.

Caribbean nations consider push for slavery reparations.  More than 150 years after European colonial powers abolished slavery, a coalition of Caribbean nations is considering legal action to seek a formal apology and monetary compensation.  Caribbean leaders meeting next week in St. Vincent are expected to study a broad legal outline for the reparations claim prepared by a British law firm.

Black Skin Privilege.  Under the banner of "leveling the playing field," the rules of the game have been systematically rigged — against whites and in favor of blacks.  Speaking for the dominant culture in our universities, and for the U.S. Supreme Court's majority, Columbia University law professor Patricia Williams, who is black, explains:  "If the modern white man, innocently or not, is the inheritor of another's due, then it must be returned."  (Innocent or not!)  Attorney General Eric Holder is of a similar mind.

Slavery may be illegal in the U.S., but apparently it still exists.
African Diplomat Used Slave on U.S. Soil for Years.  The African nation of Tanzania was finally held accountable for allowing a diplomat who enslaved an African woman on U.S. soil to return home.  The diplomat had reportedly been operating at high levels of government.  Alan Mzengi was found to be liable for a $1 million civil judgement for forcing a young woman to live and work against her will as a domestic servant on U.S. soil.  The judgement came in 2008 after the woman escaped from four years of slavery.  She had been kept against her will by the diplomat and forced to be a domestic servant for no pay.  The diplomat fled back to Tanzania in order to avoid consequences for forcibly enslaving the African woman.

It's the 21st century and the Muslims still engage in slavery.
Saudi princess arrested for human trafficking in California.  A Saudi princess has been arrested for human trafficking in Southern California.  42-year-old Meshael Alayban allegedly held a Kenyan domestic worker against her will and forced her to work in the princess' condominium in Irvine.

Thirty million people are slaves, half in India: survey.  Some 30 million people are enslaved worldwide, trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labor, victims of debt bondage or even born into servitude, a global index on modern slavery showed on Thursday [10/17/2013].

Michelle Obama's Black Reparation Junket.  Michelle Obama has been capitalizing on her status as a descendant of slaves.  Her latest junket to Ireland shows she is definitely enjoying the 21st-century benefits of the transatlantic slave trade her radical friends in Chicago refer to as "genocide" by white Americans.  According to the First Couple's pals, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Rahm Emanuel, and Dr. Conrad W. Worrill of Northeastern University, white Americans should monetarily compensate black Americans for past slavery.  The four, along with others, have been pushing reparations legislation since 1987.

Conyers Reintroduces Reparations Effort.  Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) introduced two reparations resolutions on the first day of the 113th Congress.

The Anniversary that Wasn't There.  A sesquicentennial is a really big deal!  A century and a half ago, something happened that affects us today.  So why was the abolition of slavery in the United States (if that isn't a big deal, what is?) worthy of almost no attention when it marked its sesquicentennial on January first, 2013?  In the words on MLK, Jr, "Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last," yet there were no celebrations of freedom in the black community.

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Blacks apparently would prefer to play the role of perpetual victims, rather than celebrate their costly freedom.

Obama Claus Gives You 90 More Days To Collect Your $50,000 Reparations Check.  No, you don't need a potted plant and you don't even to be black or even Hispanic; as long as you are a woman (or related to one) and you fill out the forms correctly, you can collect the money because nobody will verify your information. [...] Legally, nobody CAN verify any information; the law was written to make it impossible for the people looking at the claim forms to verify that their information is correct.

Would Obama Support Reparations in a Second Term?  In Barack Obama's second term, the president will ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and sign onto the United Nations Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous People in order to impose slavery reparation, says a new report.  Danette Clark, author of the report, said that far from being an obscure conspiracy theory, the reparation movement is a part of the two main tenants of Obama's political philosophy:  social justice and income redistribution.

The Reparation Agenda: Obama's religion of reparations.  Three years into his presidency, with a possible second term looming, Obama needs to answer the question again.  Where does he stand on reparations?  The truth is the Obama administration has worked nonstop in the last three years to implement reparations, in one form or another. Whether through free health care, education and housing, or spreading the wealth around through entitlement programs, reparations appear to be President Obama's first order of business.

The Underclass.  A "legacy of slavery" surely cannot explain problems among blacks, unless we assume it skips whole generations.  In my book "Race and Economics", I cite studies showing that in New York City in 1925, 85 percent of black households were two-parent households.  In 1880 in Philadelphia, three-quarters of black families were composed of two parents and children. [...] Today just over 30 percent of black children enjoy two-parent families.  Both during slavery and as late as 1920, a black teenage girl's raising a child without a man present was rare.

How the end of slavery led to starvation and death for millions of black Americans:  Hundreds of thousands of slaves freed during the American civil war died from disease and hunger after being liberated, according to a new book.  The analysis, by historian Jim Downs of Connecticut College, casts a shadow over one of the most celebrated narratives of American history, which sees the freeing of the slaves as a triumphant righting of the wrongs of a southern plantation system that kept millions of black Americans in chains.  But, as Downs shows in his book, Sick From Freedom, the reality of emancipation during the chaos of war and its bloody aftermath often fell brutally short of that positive image.  Instead, freed slaves were often neglected by union soldiers or faced rampant disease, including horrific outbreaks of smallpox and cholera.  Many of them simply starved to death.

Islam in Africa:  There never was, and never could be, a Muslim Wilberforce.  Why not?  Because Muhammad had slaves.  It doesn't matter if he "treated them well" as apologists for Islam suggest.  He had slaves, and because Muhammad is the Model for All Time, uswa hasana (a phrase that occurs three times in the Qur'an, twice applied to Abraham, once applied to Muhammad), The Perfect Man (al-insan al-kamil), his practice, the "sunna" of the Arabs of the seventh-century, can never be declared wrong.  And that is why the Arabs most faithful to Islam, the Saudis, refused to abolish slavery, and finally did so only under enormous Western pressure, in 1962, when OPEC had not yet been formed, and oil revenues not nearly as dramatic as they are today.

Grievance-Mongering Leaders Demand Slave Reparations at the United Nations.  The reparations racket has been around for years.  It has attracted a motley bunch — from jive-talking hustlers to erudite professors of academic disciplines like African-American history and post-colonial studies.  But only in recent years have whole countries joined the reparations racket.  Besides having large black populations, they share common traits:  leftist leaders, ailing economies, and a host of anti-Western grievances propagated by leftist elites.

U.N.-Backed Summit Seeks 'Social Justice' for African Descendants.  The event is part of the United Nations-declared International Year of African Descendants.  "This International Year of African Descendants provides an opportunity to right historical wrongs:  in health, education, poverty, land rights, jobs, and financial credit for economic and social progress," said Pan American Health Organization Director Mirta Roses in a news release.

Blacks Have Separated Themselves from America.  Whatever else Martin Luther King had on his agenda, his words of "judging the content of character, not the color on one's skin," resonated with Americans then and now.  Those words summed up the entire perception I had of his struggle for equal rights.  Those words are what I thought the struggle was about.  I now realize that King's words don't represent the dream of the majority of blacks in America.  I say that because those words are not what blacks have attempted to achieve.  The goal post shifted from those words.  King's marches and speeches have become a platform for angry blacks to achieve both reparations and an elevated status that's far more divisive than uniting.

The Constitution Did Not Condone Slavery.  James Madison explained why there was no mention of slavery in the Constitution.  The framers were unwilling to admit in the federal charter that there could be property in men.  The idea that our Constitution "condoned" slavery and was therefore an immoral document unworthy of being viewed with reverence is a stock liberal claim.  It is false.

Misusing History.  The history of slavery across the centuries and in many countries around the world is a painful history to read — not only in terms of how slaves have been treated, but because of what that says about the whole human species — because slaves and enslavers alike have been of every race, religion, and nationality.  If the history of slavery ought to teach us anything, it is that human beings cannot be trusted with unbridled power over other human beings — no matter what color or creed any of them are.

Slavery Reparations:  A Dead Issue, and Well-Deserved.  Even Professor Henry Gates is now being honest about the impossible complexity and moral fog of the once championed progressive idea.

Cop killer hailed as 'Muslim martyr'.  [Scroll down]  What these groups say is that any killing of whites, including in this case Clemmons' cold-blooded murder of officers Renninger, Owens, Griswald, and Richards, is "a legitimate protest".  Black Male Felon celebrates the killings as "Brother Maurice Clemmons' daring stand against white police terrorism."  The theme of National Black Foot Soldiers is captured in the slogan:  "When whites pay reparations there will be no more black on white crime."

Senate Slavery Apology.  Last month, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 26 "Apologizing for the enslavement and racial segregation of African-Americans."  The resolution ends with:  "Disclaimer — Nothing in this resolution (a) authorizes or supports any claim against the United States; or (b) serves as a settlement of any claim against the United States."  That means Congress apologizes but is not going to pay reparations, as least for now.  Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have expressed concerns about the disclaimer, thinking that it's an attempt to stave off reparations claims from the descendants of slaves.

Reparations for slavery:  The problem, of course, is both slaves as well as their owners are all dead.  Thus, punishing perpetrators and compensating victims is out of the hands of the living.  Reparations advocates, however, want today's blacks to be compensated for the suffering of our ancestors.

The Founding Fathers and Slavery:  Even though the issue of slavery is often raised as a discrediting charge against the Founding Fathers, the historical fact is that slavery was not the product of, nor was it an evil introduced by, the Founding Fathers.

The truth about slavery:  By describing the United States as "a nation founded by slave owners," the Arkansas resolution suggested unique brutality in our national origins.  The real challenge, however, would be to name another nation not founded by slave owners — considering the universal, timeless and unquestioned acceptance of slavery as an inevitable element of the human condition.

Obama and the Drive for Slavery Reparations.  Barack Obama is the most radical candidate ever to stand at the precipice of acquiring his party's presidential nomination and the American presidency.  It is apparent that he is a member of an international socialist movement which hopes to use the United Nations as a vehicle to shake down U.S. taxpayers for trillions of dollars in slavery reparations.  One group, the African World Reparations and Repatriation Truth Commission, is demanding an astronomical $777 trillion.

Meet Obama's Reparations Model.  While some question the impact of preaching from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ on Senator Obama's thinking, the influence of one of Trinity's most recommended authors on Obama is clear.  Three of Randall Robinson's books are available for purchase on Trinity's website.  One, entitled "The Debt:  What America Owes To Blacks," is particularly important to understanding Obama's notion of reparations.  So who is Randall Robinson?

Senate Backs Apology for Slavery.  The Senate unanimously passed a resolution yesterday apologizing for slavery, making way for a joint congressional resolution and the latest attempt by the federal government to take responsibility for 2½ centuries of slavery.

Apologizing For Slavery — Again?  The horrors of chattel slavery remain unimaginable for most of us who never suffered them, and it's never wrong to express regret for such a regretful institution.  But why is the Senate apologizing now?

Should blacks get reparations?  "You wonder why we didn't do it 100 years ago," said Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, after the Senate voted June 18 to endorse a national apology for slavery. ... But one reason why we have waited so long has to do with what many advocates of the apology regard as the necessary next step — reparations to African-Americans by the federal government.  Significantly, that's a step the Senate's apology resolution refused to take.

Obama's Stealth Reparations.  While he was an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama told a Chicago radio show host that he sought "major redistributive change" for the benefit of fellow blacks.  He was speaking in the context of the civil rights movement, and how it had fallen short of "economic justice."  Although John McCain and other Republicans are afraid to say it, his remarks can only be interpreted to mean one thing:  economic reparations for slavery.

Slavery ... until the end of time.  Slavery had a sustained history in places like Ghana and Mali long before Europeans began trading in African slaves.  Slave societies were common throughout the continent.  Sometimes slavers got caught in their own nets, as in the case of Abd Rahman Ibrahima.

Black Slaveowners:  During this country's period of slavery, many freed blacks worked for years to purchase the freedom of family members.  But a great many freemen became slave masters themselves, and for the same reason as whites — to make use of slave labor for the sake of profits.  Larry Koger writes, "By and large, Negro slaveowners were darker copies of their white counterparts."

Reparations and Victimization:  There is no single group responsible for the crime of slavery.  In the period between 650 AD and 1600, before any Western involvement, somewhere between 3 million and 10 million Africans were bought by Muslim slavers for use in Saharan societies and the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea.  There was also an internal slave trade, which took place for centuries, beginning back in the 7th century and persists to this very day in places like Sudan and Mauritania, and other sub-Saharan African societies.  Second, only a tiny minority of white Americans ever owned slaves.

Barack Obama and Slavery:  When the story of slavery is told in America, as in the movie Roots, the sailors get off the boats and capture the Africans and make them slaves.  Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.  When the white slaver showed up in his wooden ship, he made a business deal with a Muslim wholesaler.

Black Reparations:  The Ultimate Prize.  In the years much closer to slavery than we now live, blacks founded and ran their own towns, owned and prospered on millions of dollars worth of land, formed so many successful businesses that it necessitated formation of the National Negro Business League, directed their own schools and colleges — all of this long before the 1950s.  Yet now, according to the custodians of the race, the "residue" of the slave experience pierces so deeply into the psyches and immediate lives of blacks, that only more monetary resources from whites can heal the wounds and finally eliminate what these worthies are calling the "lingering negative effects" of slavery.

Africa ain't that great.

You should be glad you don't live in Africa.  At least a dozen countries in Africa are ruled by ruthless dictators, and all but a few of Africa's 53 or 54 countries are stuck in perpetual poverty.  The worst example is Zimbabwe, which is discussed on another page.

Africa is giving nothing to anyone — apart from AIDS.  Even as we see African states refusing to take action to restore something resembling civilisation in Zimbabwe, the begging bowl for Ethiopia is being passed around to us, yet again.  It is nearly 25 years since Ethiopia's (and Bob Geldof's) famous Feed The World campaign, and in that time Ethiopia's population has grown from 33.5 million to 78 million today.  So why on earth should I do anything to encourage further catastrophic demographic growth in that country?

Africa's Messiah of Horror:  A friend, the head of a major aid organization, tells how his workers in eastern Congo a few years ago chanced upon a group of shell-shocked women and children in the bush.  A militia had kidnapped a number of families and forced the women to kill their husbands with machetes, under the threat that their sons and daughters would be murdered if they refused. … This is ultimately the work and trademark of a single man:  Joseph Kony, the most carnivorous killer since Idi Amin.

Much-Needed Honesty about Africa and AIDS:  The evidence is there for everyone to see:  We've tried awareness, condom distribution, economic development, and much more.  But the problem persists.  That's because the spread of AIDS is inevitably linked to the question of fallen human nature.  Things like fear, weakness, and temptation do not respond to technical expertise or incentives.  They only respond to "transcendent ideals and faiths" and the moral language they produce.

The Tragedy of Africa:  African leaders, and many people on the left, blame Africa's problems on the evils of colonialism. … [But] colonialism cannot explain Third World poverty.  Some of today's richest countries are former colonies, such as:  United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.  Some of today's poorest countries were never colonies, such as:  Ethiopia, Liberia, Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan.  The colonialism argument is simply a cover-up for African dictators.

UN says Iceland is the best place to live, Africa the worst.  Iceland has overtaken Norway as the world's most desirable country to live in, according to an annual U.N. table published on Tuesday [11/27/2007] that again puts AIDS-afflicted sub-Saharan African states at the bottom.

Slavery in Islamist Sudan.  Sellers frantically began to gather up their wares and hurry away with the buyers.  The adults understood.  They recognized the approaching signs of the dreaded scourge that most people believed had disappeared from the pages of African history long ago:  a slave raid.  It was 1986 and Bok was about to see his happy world of family and village shattered forever by a centuries-old, barbaric practice that has never died out:  the violent capture and enslavement of black Africans by Arabs.

"There but for the grace of God...."  We are told by some of our supposedly enlightened, so-called black leaders that white America owes us something because they brought our ancestors over as slaves.  And Africa — Mother Africa — is often held up as some kind of black Valhalla, where the descendants of slaves would be welcomed back and where black men and women can walk in true dignity.  Sorry, but I've been there.  I've had an AK-47 rammed up my nose, I've talked to machete-wielding Hutu militiamen with the blood of their latest victims splattered across their T-shirts.  I've seen a cholera epidemic in Zaire, a famine in Somalia, a civil war in Liberia.

How China has created a new slave empire in Africa:  These poor, hopeless, angry people exist by grubbing for scraps of cobalt and copper ore in the filth and dust of abandoned copper mines in Congo, sinking perilous 80 ft shafts by hand, washing their finds in cholera-infected streams full of human filth, then pushing enormous two-hundredweight loads uphill on ancient bicycles to the nearby town of Likasi where middlemen buy them to sell on, mainly to Chinese businessmen hungry for these vital metals.

Reparations or Rip Off?  What may become the most massive attempted financial rape of the American Government and its 200-million taxpayers, for crimes which no one living committed, is now being plotted by a consortium of trial lawyers.  They are well known for their excessive class-action lawsuit successes against segments of U.S. society in the past decade.  With the claim of seeking justice, if they win, the greatest injustice ever attempted could bankrupt the government and people of the United States.

Reparations:  Must the living pay for the deeds of the dead?  Most black Americans are in the solid middle class.  In fact, if we totaled the income black Americans earned each year, and thought of ourselves as a separate nation, we'd be the 14th or 15th richest nation.  Even the 34 percent of blacks considered to be poor are fairly well off by world standards.  Had there not been slavery, and today's blacks were born in Africa instead of the United States, we'd be living in the same poverty that today's Africans live in and under the same brutal regimes.

More slaves than ever despite world ban.  Slavery is officially banned by all countries yet there are more slaves than ever before.  Today there are an estimated 27 million slaves:  people paid no money, locked away and controlled by violence.

Chinese slave children 'sold like cabbages'.  Young people — some aged under 10 — are said to have been discovered being bought and sold at a street market in Sichuan, one of rural China's most overpopulated provinces.  According to investigative reporters, the children stood in line as they were assessed like cattle, before being driven on trucks to factories in the Pearl River Delta, China's manufacturing heartland.

Apologies For Slavery and Everything Else.  I would suggest that if the black people in America want an apology for slavery, they should first demand it from their own ancestors — the ones who rounded them up like cattle and sold them to the slave traders — the ones who are still practicing slavery today.  And, by the way, the white European colonials who settled and built most of Africa, did away with slavery while they remained in Africa.  But, when they turned the countries over to the locals, slavery was reinstated.

U.N. Thugs.  [Scroll down]  It is worth bearing in mind that slavery — the most racist of practices — endures in the Islamic world even as it has been abolished in the West.  In OIC member states like Sudan and Mauritania, Arabs still keep black African slaves.  Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, who was indicted by the World Court for human rights abuses in Darfur, is reputed to have black slaves in his own house. … And while Mauritania legally abolished slavery in 1980, it is still practiced secretly.

Reparations and Irresponsible Demagogues.  The first thing to understand about the issue of reparations for slavery is that no money is going to be paid.  The very people who are demanding reparations know it is not going to happen.  Why then are they demanding something that they know they are not going to get?  Because the demagogues themselves will benefit, even if nobody else does.  Stirring up historic grievances pays off in publicity and votes.

Slavery in the Land of the Free.  Unfortunately, slavery is still a widespread practice all over the world, including the US.  The Civil War may have removed the public sanction of slavery, but it is still a common underground practice.  Journalist Benjamin Skinner undertook four years of undercover investigation into "human trafficking" (a euphemism for slavery) in order to increase awareness of this international injustice.  His research and experiences are chronicled in his recent book, "A Crime So Monstrous."

Activists meet on U.S. slave reparations.  The chairwoman of the African People Solidarity Committee says white residents of the United States should support reparations for African-Americans.  Penny Hess spoke to a reporter with the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune Friday [11/03/2006] on the eve of African People Solidarity Day.

Six inconvenient truths about the U.S. and slavery:  There is no reason to believe that today's African-Americans would be better off if their ancestors had remained behind in Africa. … In theory, reparationists want society to repair the wrongs of the past by putting today's African-Americans into the sort of situation they would have enjoyed if their forebears hadn't been kidnapped, sold and transported across the ocean.  Unfortunately, to bring American blacks in line with their cousins who the slave-traders left behind in Africa would require a drastic reduction in their wealth, living standards, and economic and political opportunities.

Wrong way on reparations.  If this act becomes law, it would require the Treasury secretary to pay reparations to "Guam residents who were killed, raped, injured, interned, or subjected to forced labor or marches," as well as to "survivors of compensable residents who died in war or survivors of compensable injured residents."  The bill could cost taxpayers $126 million.

An apology to slaves — from the catchers.  "Project Joseph" is an invitation to blacks who trace their history to the slave trade to reconnect with the land of their ancestors — and it comes with an apology, not from countries associated with slave masters or slave traders, but from the black slave-catchers of Ghana.

Slavery:  Then and now.  In light of William Wilberforce's campaign to rid his nation of slavery, it is important to remember that, for millions of men, women and children around the world, slavery is not just a historical tragedy, it is a present reality.  The "bloody traffic" that Wilberforce considered a disgrace to his nation has not yet ended — far from it.  The number of modern day slaves is estimated to be around 27 million.

Legislators to push for U.S. apology for slavery.  Five states did something over the past 12 months that no state had done before:  expressed regret or apologized for slavery.  This year, Congress, which meets in a Capitol built partly by slaves, will consider issuing its own apology.  "We've seen states step forward on this," says Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, citing the resolutions of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Alabama and New Jersey.

Panhandling for reparations.  Frances Miller's early attempts at starting a conversation Wednesday were a little rough.  "Hey, sister, are you a descendent of slaves?"  she called out to a woman who looked African American, scoring a glare.  Miller sat on Northeast 15th Avenue at Broadway — a volunteer in the National Day of Panhandling for Reparations.  She and others across the country asked white passers-by to pay reparations for enslaving black people, and then they gave money to black passers-by.  Each got a receipt.

The slavery shakedown:  Living white Americans bear no culpability for slavery, and living black Americans never suffered from it.  It would be unthinkable to make individuals responsible for the wrongdoing of their distant ancestors, or to require them to enrich the great-great-great grandchildren of the victims.  The overwhelming majority of nonblack Americans have no family connection to slavery in any case — most of us are descended from the millions of immigrants who came to this country after the Civil War.

O'Malley signs wage bill, apology for slavery.  Gov. Martin O'Malley signed this morning a first-in-the-nation law requiring a "living wage" for state contract employees, a move backers say will help expand Maryland's middle class.  O'Malley also signed a formal apology for Maryland's role in slavery — the second such action in the nation.

Regrets for slavery:  The next time the Virginia General Assembly gets into an apologetic mood and wants to pass another resolution aimed at its black citizens, here are my suggestions:  The Commonwealth of Virginia apologizes to its black citizens for not protecting them from criminals who prey upon them and make their lives a daily nightmare.

Albany Mulls an Apology for Slavery.  The New York State Legislature is considering one bill that would have the state formally apologize for its role in slavery and another that would study and recommend remedies for the descendants of slaves.

Elsewhere in New York...
Wealthy N.Y. couple charged with slavery.  A millionaire couple accused of keeping two Indonesian women as slaves in their luxurious Long Island home and abusing them for years have been indicted on federal slavery charges.

J.P. Morgan & Co. Sued for Profiting From Slavery.  J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp. are among 18 corporate defendants named in a slave-reparations case to be heard tomorrow in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.  The case is a consolidation of nine cases filed by African-Americans across America in 2002.  Among the other defendants are Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., Aetna Inc., New York Life Insurance Co., and Lloyds TSB Group.

Questions for proponents of reparations:  While there is a growing cry for reparation payments, what has been noticeably absent (often even pointed out by proponents) is a lack of a clear plan for how such reparation payments will be made.

Slavery Reparations — Paying for the Sins of the Founding Fathers.  It has been over 140 years since the end of the Civil War, and the end of slavery in the United States of America.  Those to whom reparations might be owed are long dead and gone.  The issues here are much more complex than those surrounding the issue of reparations due to Japanese Americans imprisoned during World War Two.

Weak-kneed corporate CEO's:  Corporate executives caving in to anti-capitalists' attacks will not buy peace.  Capitulation only whets anti-capitalist appetites for bigger, bolder and more widespread attacks and extortion.

Slavery reparations:  The slavery reparations shakedown lobby is gearing up for attacks on American industry.  They've failed in the courts and Congress, so they're going after weak-kneed CEOs.

Ending slavery:  To me the most staggering thing about the long history of slavery — which encompassed the entire world and every race in it — is that nowhere before the 18th century was there any serious question raised about whether slavery was right or wrong.  In the late 18th century, that question arose in Western civilization, but nowhere else.

Pseudo leadership and black groupthink:  Black groupthink and the pseudo leaders that tout it are destroying the black community.  The black pseudo leader is the community activist who is dedicated solely to getting us to pay attention.  Nattily dressed in a Brooks Brothers suit, he stands tall at phony press conferences, studding his speech with racially charged words that solicit knee-jerk reactions from the crowd.  The black pseudo leader is a parasite.  He nourishes himself on the suffering of others.  He exists by satisfying the mob's voracious appetite for excuses and easy solutions.

Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Slavery is a Bad Idea:  For example, there is no single group clearly responsible for the crime of slavery.  Black Africans and Arabs were responsible for enslaving the ancestors of African-Americans.  There were 3,000 black slave-owners in the ante-bellum United States.  Are reparations to be paid by their descendants too?

Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Blacks is a Bad Idea for Blacks — and Racist Too:  America's African-American citizens are the richest and most privileged black people alive — a bounty that is a direct result of the heritage that is under assault.

Demoralizing Young Blacks for the Empowerment of "Black Leaders":  Black people are taught that every waking thought of white America is racist; black people are perennial victims of white oppression; we have no control over our lives and destiny. The only way black people can achieve anything is to prey upon white guilt, and seek special privileges like quotas, handouts, and lately reparations and apologies for slavery.

Reparations for slavery?  Who really benefited from slavery?  Who should fund any such reparations?  Who should be excluded from helping to finance such reparations?  How many billions of dollars have already been paid to so-called "historically disadvantaged minorities"?  Remember, when Congress makes payments, it uses your tax dollars to do so.  Here are some thought-provoking questions and historical facts.

Trillions demanded in slavery reparations:  The West is being asked to pay Africa $777 thousand billion within five years in reparation for enslaving Africans while colonizing the continent.  (That's more than three quarters of a QUADRILLION dollars.  Just make the check payable to "Africa".)

 Editor's Note:   Slavery did not begin or end in the United States.  There are still places around the world in the 21st century where you can pay cash for a slave, particularly in Sudan and Mauritania.  And according to the following article, it is an enormous problem in India, too.

Ending the "Slavocracy":  The institution of slavery continues to oppress millions.  In India, the practice often comes under the name of bonded labor — a euphemism for slavery.

Man Barred from Making Slavery Tax Claims.  A New York man was temporarily barred on Friday 4/15/2005] from preparing income tax returns for others because he has been including bogus tax credits such as reparations for African-American slavery and segregation.

Closely related:
National apology to Indians is just a sorry idea.  The U.S. Senate is considering … some kind of "whoops, sorry about that" to Native Americans, an apology for taking their land and driving them onto miserable reservations in the scrublands of the United States.  It's a bad idea.  Yes, it's fitting to regret cruelty it inflicted on any group over the years.  But that goes without saying, and those who want it said can be dismissed for parsing symbolism when there are actual problems in the world.

Reparations: A Scam Cloaked in Racial Pain.  Last month, reparations advocates held a rally under the remarkably revealing motto:  "They Owe Us."  "They" appear to be all white people.  "Us" is supposedly every African American for whom these leaders now claim to speak.  What is "owed" has been stated as high as $10 trillion.

What Would We Get In Return For Reparations?  Would we be freed, for example, from the costs of supporting blacks on welfare?  Blacks make up 12% of the population but account for almost half of welfare recipients.

Shameless exploiters:  Nothing highlights the pathetic state of the American left more clearly than the current movement for slavery reparations.

Randall Robinson:  The godfather of the reparations movement, has finally taken his criticism of this country to its logical conclusion:  he has moved out of the United States.

The Billion Dollar March wasn't exactly a spectacle fit for a King.  With the rallying cry of "They Owe Us," organizers say they will continue such protests until money is delivered.  In the long history of victimization politics among "leaders" of the black community, this movement takes the prize as the one most worthy of ridicule.

Quota "logic" part II:  What most blacks need is — first of all — the kind and quality of education that they do not get in most ghetto schools.  Least of all do they get this education from those teachers who spend precious class time dredging up the past instead of preparing students for the future.

Get out your reparations calculator.  [Anyone] whose family members ingested Filipino-harvested asparagus, peas, cauliflower, onions, tomatoes, grapes or fish, or who burned Filipino-cut firewood, or who lived in homes built of Filipino-sawed lumber from 1923 to 1947, can settle their debt by sending me a check for $999.99.

Slavery Compensation Itself Rests on Racism:  For the descendants of black slaves to make demands for special privileges, compensation, and apologies from current Americans — who had nothing to do with slavery — is an ugly moral inversion that makes Americans who happen to be white guilty because of their skin color.

An appalling idiocy:  [There is] a proposal to create a "National Slave Memorial" on the Washington Mall.  Supposedly this memorial will promote "reconciliation" and "healing," according to both the Republican and Democratic supporters of this proposal.  It is hard to imagine that any sane adult actually believes those words.

Appalling idiocy: Part II.  We have all we can do to live our own lives the best way we can, treating our contemporaries with decency and justice.  There is not a thing we can do about what other people did in times irretrievably past.

An appalling idiocy: Part III:  Divisiveness is where it's at for the Democrats and few things will be more divisive than a slave memorial on the Washington Mall.  But what's in it for the Republicans?

Stop Reparations Now:  You'll recognize many of their names immediately.  It's a who's who in the racial shakedown racket:  Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Johnnie Cochran, Randall Robinson, Cornel West.  These men, and others from the far left, are preparing for the biggest legal shakedown in history... unless they're stopped.

The True Cost of Reparations:  A growing movement is calling for the payment of reparations to black Americans for slavery, despite the fact that both the victims and perpetrators of slavery are dead.

Scorched Earth: The Reparation Desperation:  Pro-reparations "black leaders" like the Rev. Jesse Jackson remain locked in the victicrat mantra that blames slavery for America's "black plight," while, of course, suggesting money as the solution.  Will the "black leadership" stand up and recognize the primary problem facing America, in general — black America, in particular — the absence of involved, responsible fathers?

Demonstrators Want Slavery Reparations:  Estimated by police at about 2,000 to 3,000 strong, the demonstrators motored in from all parts of the United States to hear speakers such as activist Louis Farrakhan shout, "We need land for political independence; we need millions of acres.  We need payment for 310 years of slavery, of destruction of our minds and the robbery of our culture."

Farrakhan Rails Against "White Supremacy":  Farrakhan said, "We cannot accept a cash payment because a fool and his money will soon part."  Instead, he advocated the transfer of "millions" of acres of land from the U.S. government to African Americans.

New Twist On Old Scam:  Tax Exemption for Slave Descendants:  For just three dollars, those attending last Saturday's pro-reparations rally [8/17/2002] in Washington could purchase a "legal" document promising them lifetime tax-exempt status from the U.S. government. But the Internal Revenue Service and legal experts beg to differ.

Reparations and Irresponsible Demagogues:  The first thing to understand about the issue of reparations for slavery is that no money is going to be paid.  The very people who are demanding reparations know it is not going to happen.  Why then are they demanding something that they know they are not going to get?  Because the demagogues themselves will benefit, even if nobody else does.  Stirring up historic grievances pays off in publicity and votes.

"Millions" of Blacks to Rally in DC for Reparations:  Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND), and a critic of the rally, said, "If that many people have enough money to go to D.C. to march, then they don't need reparations."

Get Your Reparations Here!  There are literally millions currently employed because of affirmative action, and probably fall within groups who consider themselves to be long-term victims, currently seeking reparations through legislation or civil lawsuit.  Seriously, one of the issues here is whether the citizens of this country have already helped those who have suffered slavery and discrimination.  I think the answer is "yes."

Reparations, once silly, are now taken seriously:  Polls show that 75 percent of Americans, and 90 percent of whites, are opposed to paying reparations to blacks for the enslavement of their ancestors.  This means that the reparations fight will not take place in the political arena, where victory is probably impossible.  Instead it will be a legal and public relations campaign to force corporate America to pay.

The Slavery Reparations Hustle:  Reparations' bottom line is that black people are permanent losers who cannot rise above their history.  That is a terrible libel, and no one but a racist would believe it.

Reparations:  America's New Slavery:  The transfer of wealth from productive members of society to those (of any race) who would loot it is nothing new.  What's new about the slave reparations issue is just how morally low the attempt to rationalize and justify these transfers has become.

The Dollars and Sense Answer to Black Reparations:  Historian and Ebony magazine editor, Lerone Bennett, Jr., says, "We're not talking about a sentimental argument.  We're talking about the fact that America owes us some money."  The racism peddlers apparently know no bounds in what is becoming a growth industry.

Gray Davis Joins the Race-Baiting Left:  The legal movement for reparations is not only preposterous; it is itself a form of white-collar crime.  No court will hear a case that is 100 years old, and the reparations lawyers know this.  Their clear and often overt agenda is to create a public relations nightmare for the companies involved so they will settle to protect their stock values.  This is blackmail, pure and simple.

Who Does the "Reparations for Slavery" Charade Really Benefit?  Being a race hustler is a very lucrative business for people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.  But such people can extort money and power from white business and political leaders precisely because it is easier to pay off a relative handful of noise makers than to be bothered fighting them.  But tens of millions of blacks cannot duplicate what a small band of extortionists do.

The Debt for Slavery — and for Freedom:  At its core, the reparations movement is racist; it treats all blacks as victims and all whites as villains.

Enslaved to the past:  Polls show that 75 percent of Americans, and 90 percent of whites, are opposed to paying reparations to blacks for the enslavement of their ancestors.  This means that the reparations fight will not take place in the political arena, where victory is probably impossible.  Instead, it will be a legal and public relations campaign to force corporate America to pay.

The United Nations of Reparations Hypocrisy:  Perhaps Secretary of State Colin Powell's decision to pull the American delegation out of the so-called U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, will be just a footnote in history.  But we can at least hope that it may be a turning point toward a future time when "racism" will no longer be a magic word used to gain money or political concessions.

Rapaciousness, Not Reparation:  During the last few weeks, a handful of blue chip American companies have been targeted by slavery reparations activists and lawyers for payments because of their activities prior to 1865.  This essay examines the consequences for all Americans if these companies elect to pay.

Reparations: The Super Bowl of Shakedowns.

The Present Slavery:  G.K. Chesterton observed in 1910:  "We often read nowadays of the valor or audacity with which some rebel attacks a hoary tyranny or an antiquated superstition.  There is not really any courage at all in attacking hoary or antiquated things, any more than in offering to fight one's grandmother.  The really courageous man is he who defies tyrannies young as the morning and superstitions fresh as the first flowers."  These words resonate more than ever nearly a century later.

The Reparations Fraud II:  Most people seem to have responded to the demands for reparations for slavery in one of two ways.  Either they have supported the demands or they have maintained a discreet silence.

The Legacy of Slavery Hustle:  If what we see today in many black neighborhoods, as claimed by reparation advocates, are the vestiges and legacies of slavery, how come that social pathology wasn't much worse when blacks were just two or three generations out of slavery?  Vestiges and legacy of slavery arguments are simply covers for another hustle similar to the $6 trillion dollar War on Poverty hustle.  Interestingly enough, reparations advocates are not demanding that white people be taxed in order to send checks out to individual black people.  What they're demanding is for money to be put into a reparations fund from which they decide who receives how much for what purpose.

Does America owe reparations?  Which Americans owe black people what?  Reparations advocates don't want that question asked.

Campus Leftists Attack Ad on Black Reparations:  An ad criticizing reparations for descendants of slaves is creating an uproar at colleges across the country.  The controversy illustrates the anti-choice intolerance of left-wing activists and the speed of most student "journalists" to censor politically incorrect thought.

What America Owes Me:  When it comes to cashing in on the shrunken glove of racial resentment, you can count on Johnnie Cochran to make it fit.

Reparations for slavery?  lets do it!  In spite of the best efforts of the left, African Americans continue on their upward climb into the economic middle, and dare I suggest, wealthy classes.

Reparations for Slavery Arguments are Loaded with Contradictions:  Blacks owned slaves for the same reason whites owned slaves — to work farms or plantations.  Are descendants of these blacks eligible and deserving of reparations?  Is there anyone prepared to make the argument that blacks in America today would be better off if they were in Africa?  If blacks wouldn't be better off, then why the reparations?

The Racism of Reparations:  In today's economy, much of the wealth is created by companies in the fields of computers, communications, and biotech.  If the reparations lawsuit is successful, it will be these companies that pay -- they have the most money.

Slavery's Effects Disappeared in Two Generations:  Economic disparities between the descendants of former slaves and free blacks largely disappeared within just two generations following emancipation, according to a study by Dartmouth economist Bruce Sacerdote that may lend ammunition to opponents of slavery reparations.

 Editor's Note:   Apparently there is a move underway to offer the equivalent of reparations to native Hawaiians.  More information is available here.

The biggest scandal:  According to Newsweek, the young man at North Carolina Central University said that he wanted to see the Duke students prosecuted, "whether it happened or not.  It would be justice for things that happened in the past."

Records of Freed Slaves to Go Online.  Records the Freedmen's Bureau used to reconnect families — from battered work contracts to bank forms — will be placed online in part of a new project linking modern-day blacks with their ancestors.

These people really have an apology to make.
Sorry we ate your forefathers.  The descendants of Papua New Guinea cannibals who killed and ate four Fijian missionaries in 1878 have apologised.

"People grossly ignorant of history — and that includes graduates of our leading colleges and universities — have no idea that slavery was not even a controversial issue before the 18th century, and only in Western societies beginning then. Everywhere else in the world, it was as widely accepted as it was widely practiced — and it had been for thousands of years."

Thomas Sowell    

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