Should the US Pay Reparations for Slavery?

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The US should pay reparations for slavery.

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  • Reparations will improve the moral standing of the United States in the world.

  • American society would benefit economically from giving reparations to descendants of slaves.

  • Reparations would benefit segments of society disadvantaged by the legacy of slavery.

  • The nature of slavery was such as to give rise to a moral obligation to pay reparations.

  • Existing legal frameworks point in the direction of paying reparations.

  • The US has already paid reparations for other past grievances.

  • Public opinion polls indicate that a majority of Americans oppose paying reparations to descendants of slaves.

  • The connection between the current US and the US in which slavery were practiced is so tenuous that there is no need to pay reparations.

  • The government should not discriminate, even positively, on the basis of race.

  • Reparations are too expensive.

  • Financial reparations will do nothing to address the problems facing Black Americans right now.

  • The US track record of exploitation is quite long. Paying slavery reparations would be a slippery slope for other groups to claim the same.

  • This country was founded on the principle that free people had a right to be secure in their property. Confiscation of wealth from any citizen with intent to redistribute it to another citizen who has no claim to it (had no part in earning it), goes against this principle.

  • There are severe barriers to specifying who should be entitled to reparations, and what form reparations would take.

  • The US has already taken actions and/or changed in ways that deal sufficiently with its history with slavery.