Slavery reparations – a modest proposal

Here at the Bill Sticker Institute for Truth, Justice and Just that we’ve been hearing a lot about reparations for the practice of slavery in the West up to and including the US Civil War, the shooting phase of which lasted from Apr. 12th, 1861 – Apr. 9th, 1865. It’s the current bargaining chip of the latest crop of Democrat Presidential hopefuls. Vote for us and we’ll give you free stuff, although not quite sort of thing. Now having looked at the situation, my trusty crew of Igors have stated that reparations for slavery are, on the whole, a brilliant idea. I say, great. Let’s do it. A one off lump sum payment to the descendants of slaves held in the Continental USA and CSA and dependent territories up to and including 9th April 1865. One million dollars for each claimant over eighteen years of age at a date to be decided should be more than enough.

Of course there would have to be specific legal provisions to make sure that the right people got exactly what they deserve.

For example; no reparation funds should go to organisations, only individual claimants who could provide verifiable (From government records) documentary proof upon demand that they are directly descended from slaves held up to and including the US Civil War in slave holding states. Of course, this would only apply to US citizens. No-one whose family fled to say, Canada would be eligible as for the purposes of this discussion only the family of slaves in the continental United States of America would be eligible for this scheme. Those claiming full eligibility would also have to be full blooded descendants of slaves, therefore those whose family tree having a direct ancestor (Either matrilineal or patrilineal, tested by DNA) who was not a slave up to and including the US Civil war, or who immigrated to the USA after Apr. 9, 1865 and therefore not a slave descendant, would have their reparations cut proportionally.

In the interests of complete fairness and equity, we would envisage the reparations formula working like this; for someone whose direct ancestry included all eight great grandparents being directly descended from slaves during the qualifying period, only they would receive the full amount payable. For each great grandparent not directly descended from slaves held in the USA or CSA up to and including the US Civil war (Apr. 12, 1861 – Apr. 9, 1865) the amount payable would be reduced by 12.5% and so on proportionally. If only one great grandparent of a claimant was directly descended from a slave held during the qualifying period, they would only receive 12.5% of the total amount claimed. Also, those successful claimants currently in receipt of government welfare would be expected to reimburse their government for the total cost of that welfare from age eighteen from the total amount of reparations due.

Those descended from slaves known to have been accepted forty acres and a mule at the end of the civil war would not be eligible to claim, as restitution would be judged to have already have been paid. Also claimants would be expected to pay reparations proportionately to those institutions and persons whose ancestors suffered loss or injury during the US civil war on the Union side and also for loss and injury to the descendants of persons during subsequent military operations engaged in to end the practice of slavery. This amount would be automatically deducted at source, for the convenience of the claimants and accounting staff.

Obviously these provisions would mean that claimants might not receive the vast sums their avarice might have at first envisaged, but those in receipt of such funds and their descendants would be excluded from any future payments. They would also be expected to shut the hell up about stuff no-one alive can possibly be held responsible for and join the rest of the human race in their daily struggle to make an honest(ish) dollar instead of whining about how unfair everything is.

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11 thoughts on “Slavery reparations – a modest proposal”

        1. Are hard drugs that cheap nowadays? My, I am out of touch. Honestly, twenty grand will go nowhere. Bling and a self destructive lifestyle aren’t affected by money.

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  1. Great idea! Does that mean I can seek reparations from Italy and France for the beastly treatment of my ancestors by those rotten Romans and nasty Normans?

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  2. Another approach would be to put them, as far as possible, into the same situation they would have been if their ancestors hadn’t been sold into slavery. Send them back to Africa

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  3. Perhaps sadly, I cannot join Bill in his humour. It’s too serious for that.

    Such ‘reparations’, whether for slavery or otherwise are, IMHO, an attempt to spend money, effort and other stuff on ‘correcting’ the past. As we all know, the past cannot be changed – only one’s view of the past. And one’s view of the past is very much a personal thing, on which there is no agreement.

    It is, surely, far better to spend money, effort and other stuff on changing the future for the better. This is not least because, though that may be very difficult, it is at least not beyond belief.

    As for those who think their view of the past slavery will be improved by the spending of other peoples’ money, effort and other stuff, they need to remember that their ancestors (with their Democrat policy) not only decided to fight a civil war to maintain slavery but also, having lost, introduced Jim Crow laws (and sometimes worse) to maintain skin-colour discrimination for as long as they could.

    And I have no belief in their belief that ‘reparations’ are at all about ‘correcting’ a historical wrong. The only thing they are interested in is shouting for votes. And no matter how many (or how few) votes they get (nor how much money, effort and other stuff is spent), they won’t stop calling for more. And that is more calling for more votes, because its those and not ‘reparations’ that they seek.

    Best regards

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    1. Nigel, you find no disagreement from me. We both understand that the current Democrat talk about ‘reparations’ is no more than cheap vote buying. We also understand that the current generation, who have had no part in the institution of slavery, have no responsibility to pay the descendants of slaves anything. Indeed, the scheme I humorously outlined would have resulted in the claimants paying out by forcing them to acknowledge the debt they owe to those who ended slavery in the USA.

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