Slavery Reparations: Needed for a Stable Society Today

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"Do we call this the land of the free? What is it to be free from King George and continue the slaves of King Prejudice? What is it to be born free and not to live free? What is the value of any political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom? Is it a freedom to be slaves, or a freedom to be free, of which we boast? We are a nation of politicians, concerned about the outmost defenses only of freedom. It is our children's children who may perchance be really free" (Thoreau). It is a commonly agreed fact that the American Slavery that ended nearly a century and a half ago is one of the worst crimes in modern history. The pain and suffering endured by African-Americans who were kidnapped from their homelands, sent on ships halfway around the world, and forced to do very difficult labor without any payment is indeed hard to imagine.

Many people believe that, as a form of apology for the virtual genocide of their ancestors, reparations should be paid to the descendents of these slaves, either from the government that allowed slavery to be in existence, or from companies that were around in the ante-bellum period that still exist today who profited from slavery. This argument has been around ever since slavery had just ended. The government seems to ignore the problem altogether. They usually deny the need for reparations, referring to slavery as a "peculiar institution". (Texeira) Some people believe that only an official apology is necessary. And still others believe that there should be no form of apology or reparations at all. According to Robert Tracinski, of the Ayn Rand Institute,An apology for slavery on behalf of the nation presumes that whites today, who predominantly oppose racism, and never...