First things first. Let me say right off, that the present calls for reparations in the US are entirely, plainly, unequivocally wrong. If the reader has already decided that reparations are a good thing, then the reader is a thief or an abetter of thieves.
There is no way that such a blunt statement can be presented without evidence, so let me present it. For purposes of my "Angry White" rant, I'll divide it into three areas.
(1) Individual Responsibility
Legal tradition in the US, and, to my understanding, the rest of the Western world and most of everywhere else, places responsibility for wrongdoing on the head of the individual. It is entirely true, that people tend to retain the economic and social status of their parents. But, who is alive that can be held responsible? I know of no one on the earth who was alive 137+ years ago. If no one alive today bears responsibility for holding slaves, then who shall be held responsible to pay reparations?
If we must insist on damning the US Caucasian for bringing slavery to these shores, then we must also credit them for bringing freedom to slaves around the world. While the US was hardly the first nation to employ slaves, it was among the first to repudiate the practice. Now, I believe, the only nation to practice chattel slavery is Sudan. If credit for liberation must also be given, then who's decendants shall be held responsible for these payments?
So, while the history of slavery in the US is tragic and shameful, there is no one around who can justly be held responsible for it.
(2) Fallacy of Group Accountability
So, what's wrong with holding people accountable by group?
First, it's obviously racist on it's face. Judging people on the basis of ethnicity, to determine their worthiness or liability for payment, is certainly a step backward in the march of equal protection under law.
Second, to justly apply ethnicity as a basis for group accountability, would be very damning to US blacks. This ethnic group, in fact the object of benefit for the reparations lobby, is responsible for crime (in fact, crime in the present, rather than crime generations past) far out of proportion to it's population. The present social and econmic status of US blacks is no excuse for crime, any more than the social and economic status of slave holders an excuse for failing to hire help instead of purchasing it.
Group responsibility has no place in a system of justice.
(3) Existing Remedies
US blacks are privileged in many ways. The reader reads that correctly. While white (and other) against black racism does indeed exist in the US, blacks are richly compensated already, in many areas of US life.
First, US blacks enjoy enhanced protection under the new umbrella of hate crime laws. These laws strengthen penalties for crimes of violence or simple ill manners taken against certain protected persons.
Second, US blacks may participate in ethnic exclusive organizations without social retribution. These organizations are easy to find and easier to identify. To do so, simply ask whether exchanging 'black' or 'negro' in the name to 'white' or 'caucasion' would cause outrage.
Third, US blacks benefit from quotas for hiring, and awarding of government contracts. US law requires government procurement contracts be awarded preferentially to minority owned business whenever possible. Employers must hire at least a certain proportion of minorities to avoid outraged scrutiny. Colleges and such institutes of higher learning are tending to lower entrance requirements for minorities, in order to avoid the same outraged scrutiny.
Fourth, in disputes regarding discrimination, a black accuser is considered to automatically be virtuous and correct. Notice the annual shakedown ritual conducted by various US black leaders against a large and deep-pocketed company. Notice the media coverage when a US black employee accuses an employer. Notice the lack of media coverage (except with an obvious novelty slant) when the rare white employee charges 'reverse' discrimination. This assumption correctness on the part of the accuser is so pervasive that even blacks, when accused, may be presumed wicked. Remember Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill? Just in the last few weeks, Georgia congresscritter Cynthia McKenny accused her (also black, also female) Democratic Primary opponent of working to unseat a black woman from congress. I have witnessed this process in action, personally. I have no doubt that most US K5 readers have as well.
If reparations would make white against black racism recede, then I might be for it. But it won't. In fact, quite the opposite. Every US white person that I speak to on the issue would be pushed more toward an anti-black bias were this to go forward. As I write (my nationality and ethnicity presumably obvious by now), the offensiveness of the subject makes it hard to stifle anger.
If reparations would actually 'repair' the status of black people in the US, then I would certainly be for it. If they would be removed from the hate crime protection status; If they would be prohibited or ridiculed from forming ethnic organizations; If they would have to compete fairly for contracts, employment, and education; if the furious racist witchhunt would end... Then I would happily kiss half my bank account goodbye to pay for it. But, reparations will do none of these things. None of these changes toward real equality would be made.
So, to once again be blunt, to Hell with reparations. To Hell with the supporters of reparations. To Hell with the benificiaries of reparations, should they come to pass.
Those who seek to punish slave holders, should concentrate their efforts on the various (smuggled illegal immigrant fueled) sweatshops that crop up near our own borders from time to time. Such shops exist elsewhere as well, and would be well worth examination. And, of course, putting real pressure on places like Sudan and elsewhere, where real, present, humanity is being sold and trod upon.