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People who believe that someone today should be compensated for an injustice an ancestor of theirs suffered should be asked if they also believe that a person today should be punished or held to account for an injustice an ancestor of theirs committed in the past. i.e. Ask a Black person who favors reparations for slavery if they also believe that if a Black man in murdered someone and. Antiquity. Ancient Rome; Ancient Greece; Asia; Babylonia; Medieval Europe; The Muslim World; Byzantine Empire; Ottoman Empire; Crimean Khanate; Topics and practices. My new page non-fiction book, "Prison & Slavery - A Surprising Comparison," criticizes the expense, ineffectiveness, destructiveness, scale and waste of modern incarceration in the U.S.
I am old enough to have had friends who were Freedom Riders, white college kids who went to Mississippi to register black citizens to vote. I also remember how civil rights zeal turned into zealotry. We made the integration of our schools, and then the closing of the black-white achievement gap, our principal educational goal for half a century, with the unintended consequence that we neglected actual education and turned urban schools into machines for perpetuating black failure.
Judge-ordained busing in Boston, completely contrary to the terms of the Civil Rights Act, made the schools more segregated than ever.
The professors themselves brought the stupendous achievements of Western culture under the suspicion of creating nothing but racial inequality and later an unimaginably broad smorgasbord of inequity.
They replaced Plato with Ta-Nehisi Coates. Believing that welfare payments constituted well-deserved reparations for years of slavery and oppression, we New Yorkers created a come-and-get-it dole that ended up with one in eight of our neighbors on the welfare rolls—paid for by the rest of us and resulting in a multi-generational underclass.
We entertained the foolish notion that black crime was a manly revolt against oppression—that black criminals were only protesting against the closure of all avenues of honest advancement for their race, as well as against the daily humiliation heaped on African-Americans.
The resulting depolicing of black neighborhoods and unwillingness of courts to punish black criminals drove crime to Hobbesian levels and turned minority neighborhoods into killing fields, where mothers put their kids to bed in the bathtub, trying to keep them safe from stray bullets.
They would never send them out for a bottle of milk or take them into the street to learn to ride a bike. She lived, in other words, in something like the Middle Ages, when bands of ruffians ruled the land and extorted tribute from the peasants. Thomas Jefferson had prophesied that God would punish America for black slavery, but he could never have foreseen how squalid that punishment would be.
Lincoln had spoken in his address about the immense cost the country was paying for the sin of slavery. And for all the resistance and unintended negative consequences, the nation had come very close to succeeding bywhen Barack Obama, a black man, was elected president of the United States.
And when it happened, the resounding shout of joy that went up from the buildings of my ultra-left-wing Manhattan neighborhood was something I had never heard before.
My wife and daughter wept. Colleges even made up a term for this molecular-level racism: The old policing had ignored all but the most heinous ghetto crimes. If they want to kill each other uptown, fine, as long as it stays up there. But for the new policing, all victims deserved police attention, regardless of race.
All neighborhoods deserved police protection, regardless of the color of their residents.
And since the perpetrators of crime are overwhelmingly young minority men, they properly received a very large proportion of police scrutiny. The alternative, to repeat, was to let them kill each other. When the president praises the Black Lives Matter demonstrators, as if they alone of his fellow countrymen know that platitudinous truth, he is only reinforcing black grievance, when his proper role is to convince ghetto blacks that their lives matter enough for them to take responsibility for them, to stop going around with chips on their shoulders and Glocks in their waistbands, to be fathers to the children they beget, and to set for them an example of the responsible citizenship that is theirs for the asking, thanks to the efforts of so many of their countrymen, white and black, living and dead.
True to form, Obama went into grievance-mongering mode on July 7, commenting on the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by cops in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Now, these are facts. Johnson, 25, told police who cornered and killed him that he was avenging cop killings of blacks by killing whites and especially white cops.
If you want to ignite race riots, a sure-fire way to do it is to stir up black hatred and suspicion of cops, which will in turn make cops warier of blacks and more trigger-happy, and so on, until an explosion occurs.
So thanks, President Obama.United States History I. Introduction United States History, story of how the republic developed from colonial beginnings in the 16th century, when the first European explorers arrived, until modern times.
As a universally recognized “crime against humanity,” such a lawsuit would likely not be subject to a statute of limitations (slavery was outlawed more than years ago), but in , the U.S.
9th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a suit by several blacks who demanded reparations for slavery and the prejudice it fostered. What actually constitutes slavery is a point of heated debate among historians, since even slaves had loosely defined ranks and varying degrees of privileges.
People who believe that someone today should be compensated for an injustice an ancestor of theirs suffered should be asked if they also believe that a person today should be punished or held to account for an injustice an ancestor of theirs committed in the past.
i.e. Ask a Black person who favors reparations for slavery if they also believe that if a Black man in murdered someone and. Antiquity.
Ancient Rome; Ancient Greece; Asia; Babylonia; Medieval Europe; The Muslim World; Byzantine Empire; Ottoman Empire; Crimean Khanate; Topics and practices. Slavery in the United States was the legal institution of human chattel enslavement, primarily of Africans and African Americans, that existed in the United States of America in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Slavery had been practiced in British America from early colonial days, and was legal in all Thirteen Colonies at the time of the Declaration of Independence in