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PostSubject: Bernie Sanders & Reparations   Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:28 pm

Ta-Nehisi Coates has been making a lot of noise this week claiming that Bernie Sanders should support reparations for descendants of slaves, that is, giving a chunk of money to most black people in this country.

Here is his reasoning.. It's pretty thin on logic.  Even thinner on proof that it would do anything to right the wrongs of the past 200 years.

It's a ridiculous argument on its face but it's been getting press. The right is using it to try to drive a wedge between black voters and Bernie.

Apparently, the Socialist Party of the US supports reparations so Bernie, as a self-avowed socialist, should too.  However, there's socialist and then there's Socialist.

Bernie's platform on lessening social inequality seems much more likely, to me, to make a difference in the status of the underprivileged.
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PostSubject: Re: Bernie Sanders & Reparations   Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:54 pm

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The “wealth option,” accomplished by cash payments, is what we tend to think when we hear “reparations.” In this scenario, the federal government would mail checks to individuals, either in a lump sum or spread out over time. There are a few, immediate concerns with this notion. First, who is eligible? Given the pervasiveness of anti-black prejudice, should it go to all black Americans—who, regardless of origin, deal with the burden of white supremacy—or should it go to the descendants of slaves, who share a unique disadvantage? And how do we determine lineage? Through self-reporting? Through a comprehensive census of black Americans? Genealogical records for slaves are so scarce that any method of selection will come with the risk of fraud, since for most, we can’t confirm with absolute certainty that a given person is a descendant of slaves.

And even if we could agree on recipients, how much should individuals receive? A uniform sum or an amount based on your heritage, i.e., the more enslaved ancestors you have, the bigger your payment?
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PostSubject: Re: Bernie Sanders & Reparations   Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:47 am

Besides, if ANYBODY is due reparations it's Native Americans.
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