When all of the tribes and kingdoms of Africa pay reparations to all of the ancestors of slaves whom they sold into slavery, I will consider thinking about the possibility of reparations.
If the supporters of this tax can trace the owners of slaves and the corporations which directly profited from slavery, I will support legislation creating a targeted reparations tax paid directly by those persons and their descendants who can be proven to be profiting from slavery or be in the possession of monies gained from slavery.
A general fund created from income taxes should never be considered. There is no proof that the general populace profited directly from slavery. That cannot be proven.
If it can be proven, show me that proof.
There is not one slave holder in my ancestry. Half of my family came to the United States in the 1880s. The other half was poor White folk who owned no slaves and was made destitute during the Great Depression. Before the Great Depression, they were merely poverty stricken. The only members of my family who fought and died during the American Civl War fought for the Union. My family paid all dues owed at that time and, yet, never owned slaves.
For what do I owe when it comes to enslavement of the African American. How am I more in debt to the ancestors of the enslaved African Americans than the Africans who originally sold them out of Africa?
How is the average American more indebted to the average African American than the original bondsmen in Africa who profited immensely and who still profit to this day?
No one can ever answer these questions. Instead, I get called a racist or tole that I have no empathy. Correct on that mark. I have no empathy for folks who just want “free” money stolen by the State from their fellow citizens.
Someone show me definitively how I, an uninvolved, non-affluent, White American am in debt to ancestors of slaves over 150 years after slavery ended at the cost of my ancestors lives when the Africans who enriched themselves by selling those ancestors in to slavery owe nothing.
If the answer involves “White Privilege”, the argument ends before it begins.
In the end, Reparations is naught but another leftist scam meant to keep African Americans on the Democratic Plantation. Same old Master. Same old Slaves.