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Against Reparations .

A payment for slavery on behalf the nation presumes that whites and immigrants today, who mostly oppose racism and never have owned slaves, have to pay for a wrong doing because of what happened in the past. Such a payment promotes the very idea at the root of slavery: racial collectivism. Reparations to African Americans have already been paid, the reparations claim is an attempt to turn African Americans into victims and it is sending a damaging message to the African American community. Also there is no single group clearly responsible for the crime of slavery. This is why reparations should not be paid to African Americans because of their ancestor?s involvement of slavery.

Reparations to African Americans have already been paid. For example, since the advent of the Great Society and the passing of the Civil Rights Act trillions of dollars in transfer payments have been made for African Americans in the form of racial preferences and welfare benefits.

It is said that reparations are necessary to achieve a healing between whites and blacks but if the African Americans are paid how will that make us come together? In addition, the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments and the Emancipation Proclamation gave African Americans their freedom. Furthermore, in the time of the Civil War hundreds of thousands whites risked there lives to free African Americans. Few other wars in history have had so great human cost.

Reparations will only bring about separatism and set African Americans against the nation. It will portray blacks as victims. For example, if African Americans are paid they are isolating themselves ever more from America. Africans will be considered victims and it will send a damaging message to the African American communities. To focus on something that happened more than 150 years...