The South was decimated by Northern Aggression.
There are some families which profited from slavery that still exist out there, I’m sure. There aren’t many. The family of Anderson Cooper, the Vanderbilts, are one such family. I’m sure that the Duponts are another. The Bush Family is yet another. There are Black people themselves who fall into this category. Many American Black people are ancestors of former slave owners. Several of Barack Obama’s ancestors owned slaves. The Bush family is directly descended from a notorious slaver trader.
However, in the end, nearly every human being on earth is descended from Slaves and from Slave Owners.
Here is a good piece that I found which explains it a bit:
Immigrants from other country would be descendants from Ottoman slave owners or Indian slave-owners or Chinese slave-owners. The Bible and the Quran both clearly support slavery, so Jews and Muslims and Christians have all owned slaves at some point in history. The Spartans had slaves (helots outnumbered Spartans by a factor of 7). Most ancient Greek cities were about 30% slave population at least. Rome, Spain, Brittain, Russia, China, Australia. The term “Slav” which covers Slavic people is where the term slave comes from, as the Muslims expanded during the 7th and 8th century they imported a lot of Slavic slaves from Italian merchants. The mongols enslaved thousands in the 13th century, and Genghis Khan owned slaves and 1 in 200 men on earth are directly descended from him. The Barbary slave trade was comparable to the Atlantic Slave trade and it was active during some of the same time periods, this was North African pirates capturing slaves from all around the Mediterranean and completely enslaving entire stretches of coastal cities (enslaving ~1 million “European Christians”).
So the answer is: 100%. All humans are directly descended from slave-owners. And from slaves. At some point in history, one of our ancestors thought it was his right to own another one of our ancestors.
So, who pays who?
Black people’s ancestors most likely invented slavery as Africa is the origin of the first civilizations (or so I’ve been told many times). Many Black people are rightfully proud of this fact. They fail to recognize the full import of this fact, though. All who have followed from African Civilizations FOLLOWED THE EXAMPLE of African Civilizations. That means that all follow on civilizations learned SLAVERY from African Civilizations. They learned SUPREMACY from African Civilizations. They learned OPPRESSION from African Civilizations. They learned PATRIARCHALISM from African Civilizations. They learned War and to pillage, rape and conquer from African Civilizations.
Who pays who?
Reparations were given at one time already. It was called Freedom. It was also called Reconstruction. Then there was 40 Acres and a Mule. Of course, the government did not follow through completely on Sherman’s 40 Acres (and a mule) promise. However, some did get it. The South was destroyed and is only now recovering from the North’s aggressive invasion and destruction.
And again, Slavery has been a legal institution since antiquity. It was invented by the earliest civilizations. It was invented by PEOPLE OF COLOR. Whitey European only followed the example set by PEOPLE OF COLOR in the Great Civilizations of the Middle East and AFRICA.
I’ve never seen a descendant of the Slavers of Africa volunteer to pay reparations. Why should I volunteer to pay reparations. My family NEVER owned slaves. My line goes back to Switzerland, Scotland and Ireland. My Scot/Irish ancestors were dirt poor. We were adversely affected by slavery in that slavery took good jobs from us and devalued labor. My Swiss ancestors came over in the 1880s. They had absolutely nothing to do with slavery as it had been abolished for two decades by the time of their arrival.
What do I owe any slave or slave descendant? What does my family owe any slave or descendant of slaves.
The Irish were treated worse than slaves in their own homeland. That’s why my people fled. There was a time when my people were serfs who lived in mud pits IN THE GROUND and were forced to work the fields of their British Masters.
That’s why so many Irish fled to America even during the War of Northern Aggression where we were taken off the boat and conscripted directly into the Armies which fought the South and which eventually forced Lincoln to declare his Emancipation Proclamation.
Hundreds of Thousands of White Men died so that the Slaves could be free. Is their blood not enough? Now, some would tell those brave young men that their blood is worthless. These people want, a Century later, to take money from the descendants of Union Soldiers. You who have never known slavery feel that you deserve money for slavery.
In the end, the whole conversation is a lie. Reparations are just another form of diversion and division brought up from time to time to “get out the vote” for some Leftist who will never follow through. American fools with their hands out fall for it time and time again. This is why Bernie Sanders has brought it up again.
Gen. William T. Sherman, ca. 1864-65. Mathew Brady Collection. (Army) Exact Date Shot Unknown NARA FILE #: 111-B-1769 WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 125