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Why reparations are always about more than money

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By Kerry Whigham

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The author of this poorly written article is a university professor?

But really, in the US today, what would reparations actually do?

If anything, I am for giving back certain lands to Indian tribes. Beyond that, there is no rationale for reparations, unless a former slave is still living.

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How would you even quantify or delegate reparations, it's literally impossible, I just can't see it happening, the lawsuits would fly like crazy, just absurd on its head.

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Reparations are part of a set of tools that societies use to respond to past mass violence.

OK, but how many generations back do we go? Are Europeans and Americans going to get reparations from Morocco and Tunesia for the thousands of sailors who were captured and enslaved by the Barbary Caliphates?

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ANYONE who escaped slavery will say they are thankful for the chance to live.

And what about those who were slaves then ended up dead? Do you think they appreciated the time to be alive and be property?

Or do only the ones that escaped count? And if so, why?

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StrangerlandToday  01:51 am JST

Are they? One ends your life. The other ends your life of freedom, and forces you to live the hell. Both end your life, in different ways.

Oh, so they are the same? Not in any modern day country.

ANYONE who escaped slavery will say they are thankful for the chance to live.

Hey freed slave--you have two choices--you can die, or you can live freely.

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Totally different.

Are they? One ends your life. The other ends your life of freedom, and forces you to live the hell. Both end your life, in different ways.

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Christopher LoweryToday  01:27 am JST

Slavery is a high crime against humanity. It's on the same level as genocide. 

Totally different.

I don't know any country in the world that has the same penalty for killing someone or enslaving them.

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Slavery is a high crime against humanity. It's on the same level as genocide. Yes you need to pay reparations, and if it breaks your nation, you better get a loan. I think the notion that, just because horrible things happened in other places to other people is a reason to exclude what has happened in any one given nation. If this is to play out, let it play out in that fullness that it should, so that the next generations can put this ugly part of our history to rest.

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This article is all over the place.

Germans killing Namibians, Torture and death of hundreds of thousands in Latin American countries. The Holocaust. Genocide in Cambodia.

Oh--slavery in the US.

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Why reparations are always about more than money...

No, they're not. Not even close to "always".

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I demand reparations and a personal apology from the president of Italy for the illegal invasion, religious oppression and human rights abuse of the Roman invasion!

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Where does going this far into history leave my country of choice

so far only able to conquer but not to keep it over time.

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This is gonna get ugly. I saw early on that when there is the opportunity to get money people go nuts.

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How about reparations for Native Americans?

Give them their land back.

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