Why would the govt need to be responsible for reparations when plantation (non govt) owners and profit seeking individuals were buying and selling enslaved victims?
Should we, the people, pay for the tortured trauma inflicted by individuals over 155 yrs ago? Should the taxes paid by recent naturalized citizens (immigrants), as an example, who had nothing to do with our past history, be utilized for reparations?
Didn’t the govt pay an enormous cost for the war that ended slavery? Didn’t the fatalities of thousands of Union soldiers who forfeited their lives limit future economic and financial means for their families?
Didn’t my ancestors, among them a Colonel, pay with his life, leading the charge in a battle at the Spotsylvania Courthouse, after having been previously severely wounded during another battle, with his horse shot out from under him?
Why doesn’t anyone realize it’s not the govt that terrorized enslaved people for over 200 (1600s-1865) yrs, it was an imperialistic system of aristocracy, made up of unethical, greedy, selfish, abusive, sadistic, immoral individuals who fought a bloody war to keep their way of life.
It was defeated at the irreplaceable cost of lives and limbs and former emotionally intact soldiers. There’s no recompense for their loved ones who lost so much that lifted up and ensured the security of freedom for millions of people.
Thank God that horrible old south anti-liberty system was erased and will never exist again.