Not this FECES again!

United States
February 10, 2009 9:01am CST
Yes, it is true. The issue of reparations for the descendents of slaves in the U.S.A. has been raised yet once again. A bill to study the issue has been introduced in the House of Representatives. http://www.washingtonwatch.com/bills/show/111_HR_40.html#usercomments I say all living former slaves should receive reparations. All others should thank God their ancestors were brought to America where a black person has so much more opportunity than in any African country. In the U.S.A. a black person can even become the President. What do you say?
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
10 Feb 09
with all the problems with the economy going on now they should be doing more studies on how to help it not looking for ways to send money to try to fix the past that can't be changed. Just big government looking for another way to waste tax dollars.
• United States
10 Feb 09
How to fix the economy is not a mystery. Here's how. Government needs to remove the regulations and restrictions designed to hinder the individual and small business from competing with big business. Big business fund politican's campaigns, hence, government favors big business. Just give small business a chance. Studies have long shown that's where real new jobs come from. What's a real job? A real job produces income that allows the net payment of taxes to the government. A phoney job consumes taxes. Guess which the stimulus bill creates?
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
10 Feb 09
Spending money on a study about the past slavery and about hibernating bears will not produce any real help for the economy. I believe we are at fault too because of spending money we don't have such as $80,000 to $100,00 credit card debts, buying houses we can't afford as well as cars and every other electronic toy all on barrowed money.
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• United States
10 Feb 09
Without doubt the financial crisis was caused by too much debt. Debt of the government and individuals. The solution is to take a break from the spending, pay down the debts, and increase our savings rate. Anybody on the national scene other than Congressman Ron Paul suggest anything like that? NOPE!
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Will this include Bond Slaves or Indentured Servant? If we can do this why can't US service men who were POW in Germany and Japan that were used a forced Labors sue for payment. That is what the Geneva Convention calls for. Aren't we all about being FAIR now? Well Fair is Fair. Let them sue the Africans who first sold them into slavery. Lets get everyone to pay for this.
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• United States
11 Feb 09
There you go again! Trying to use logic and reason with emotional people. It is a hard habit to break.
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• United States
11 Feb 09
What is really sad is the number of student's I've had over the years who don't believe me when I tell them about the Japanese internment camps we had here in the United States. Their parents have told them it was all made up.
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
10 Feb 09
I think you'd have a hard time finding a former slave! This has been run into the ground by greedy people. I get tired of hearing this as much as I get tired of hearing the voice of one Jesse Jackson! We all have the same opportunities here in America now. It's just that lots of people don't take advantage of those opportunities.
• United States
10 Feb 09
I'll bet people like you even think a black person could become President!
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
10 Feb 09
Well, there is one whether I thought it or not. Nothing will change that fact.
@uath13 (8206)
• United States
10 Feb 09
Does this mean I can get reparations from England for all those years they occupied my families home country Ireland? WOOHOO Please...If you haven't got the whip marks don't come crying to me unless you want me to give you some. I think I have one laying around here somewhere... Ah there it is.
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• United States
11 Feb 09
Watch that whip, those things are dangerous.
@K46620 (1996)
• United States
10 Feb 09
This is insane. It's not like the African- Americans alive now have been in slavery. This is just a sneaky way to redistribute the wealth. The slavery issue was settled long ago and there is no reason to bring it up again.
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• United States
10 Feb 09
Thanks, for the concise, logical answer.
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• United States
11 Feb 09
My great grandmother was Cherokee, and her father quite well off within the tribe. She was forced to learn the white man's language when married to an immigrant, and there are stories of her and children being locked in closets. I'm not saying slavery was right, it was a horrible institution, but it was one that African's played a role in when they sold their own people into slavery thinking it might save their own tribes. I've not seen very much in the way of help for the people who originally inhabited this land of the good ole USA. In fact, they were shoved further west, onto reservations, and some wiped out to near extinction. In these restitutions, they need to be thinking of my people, and other tribes first. I mean, some of the laws concerning Native American Indians have only been changed in the last 10-20 years.
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• United States
11 Feb 09
My great great grandmother was Cherokee! A truely amazing people most unfairly treated by the U.S.A. The US SUPREME COURT ruled in their favor and President Andrew Jackson ignored the ruling. This was an action that should have caused him to be impeached. Instead, the Cherokee got the shaft. The Cherokee played by the rules and won but still lost everything. Did you know that many Cherokee chose to not go to the reservation? Some just became, in effect, white people by dropping out of the Trail of Tears. My ancestor did this. As to things belately being changed regarding Native Americans, the US ARMY did not remove "SHOOT ALL MARAUDING INDIANS ON SIGHT" from its GENERAL ORDERS until something like about the 1950's.
• United States
11 Feb 09
Wow, I had no idea about Andrew Jackson. He definately should have been impeached, but then we all know about Presidents getting away with that. I also wasn't aware of the Army thing. I knew about other rulings being on the books in certain states. My husband is from Minnesota, and the Natives of this state ended in complete bloodbaths. No wonder a few spirits still walk near here. There are reported sightings and it's no wonder. Sorry, I get a bit long-winded I suppose on this topic. It's just so close to my family's heart. My family didn't tell me about my ancestry until after my parents were divorced. My mom didn't really take with us being "Native" in any fashion as her family all came over from Austria. So, I didn't get a chance to start learning my medicine until I was in my late twenties, and from a cross-tribal grandma at that. (No blood relation, just a good friend I needed at that point in my life down in Arizona). Thanks for responding. Anora
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I totally disagree. These people have done nothing to deserve a monetary settlement. They haven't lived under the conditions their ancestors did, and what right do they have to collect on other people's suffering? It isn't going to change anything, so there's no point of it. These people need to get over it and be thankful that they don't have the same problems. After all, we all come from families that have had hard times. For example, my mother grew up during the Great Depression. Should I get something because she was deprived as a child? My great uncle lost the family farms during the Depression. Should we get paid for what happened back then? Come on now. We have enough financial difficulties in this country right now without trying to pay for the sins of the past. My family never owned slaves. Why should my tax dollars go to reimburse people who descended from slaves?
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@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I am third generation American... that means my Irish Great Grandfather never owned an American slave so why should I pay for one? Who gets to pick who pays and who gets it? Please. And honestly there as much racism now as before, just different. Here in Detroit it's the whites who are out of place and the minority. I think horrid stuff happened... it's over. Learn from it. Move on. Get over it even.
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• United States
11 Feb 09
Your advice is one of the things that makes western civilization possible and distinquishes the first world from the 3d world. Holding multi generational grudges drags a society down.
@hotsummer (10465)
• Philippines
10 Feb 09
yeah i totally agree that reparations is more than enough. cause i don't think that many of them are still living . and beside that they have already what they want. i mean their is no more slavery in our present time . our lives now are far different from what we were before. and we equal rights now. i think that some people are just using those issues in the past to get some more financial benefits or gain.
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• United States
10 Feb 09
When you are right, you are really right. Who can disagree with what you have said?
@BlueGoblin (1832)
• United States
10 Feb 09
I don't think black people understand how cruel whites were to one another. They just need to study bushwhackers and see how much pro-north whites suffered so blacks could have their freedom. Bushwhackers were skinning union soldiers and hanging them from trees. Bushwhackers scalped union soldiers among other grizzly deeds. We all know how blacks toiled under slavery but we don't see how the white man suffered so they could have that freedom. They want reparations then maybe some of the ancestors of abolitionist deserve some of that reparation money and thank you.
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• United States
10 Feb 09
You bring up indirectly a fact that often goes unmentioned. Blacks were mostly freed by the actions of whites, not blacks. Sure, blacks were involved in the struggle for their own freedom, but it was whites who brought success to the effort. Abolitionists certainly do deserve more thanks than they usually receive.
@clrumfelt (5439)
• United States
10 Feb 09
It's an odd thing that after all these years of advancement of African-Americans they still are taking on the slave mentality and looking to someone else to "give" them what they need instead of earning it themselves. You'd thing somewhere along the line they'd shake off the attitude of entitlement and quit yammering about the slavery thing. I know there are plenty of hardworking African-Americans who have in fact pulled themselves up by their bootstraps to make a better life for them and their families. I am not referring to those individuals, but for the others who keep bringing up the slavery issue I think I'm right with my opinion.
• United States
10 Feb 09
I think you are right with your opinion, too.
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@laglen (19779)
• United States
10 Feb 09
First, I agree with you. Living former slaves should receive reparations. Now I am going to say something that will pi55 everybody off. For all of the others that think they should get reparations, we can give them a ticket to Africa. I would gladly fund this. They are welcome to go back to where they were taken from. My family has never in history owned a slave. I am descended from gypsys! But if people want reparations, there ya go. Problem solved.
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• United States
10 Feb 09
Thanks, for agreement. Logically, in every way, reparations is completely wrong. One of the things that makes western civilization possible with all its advantages is the learning from the past instead of carrying grudges about the past. Backward societies harbor ancient feuds based on history, not modern first world countries.
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
13 Feb 09
As I understand it, reparations are unconstitutional. Why should the present generation get or pay for things that they didn't do or have to endure. I say that these people need to get over their victim mentality and take responsibility for themselves for once.
• United States
14 Feb 09
I can remember a time when no one would have dared asked for reparations as they would have been rightfully laughed at long and hard.