Archive for June 2020

400 Years Of Racism Can No Longer Be Resolved With 40 Acres And A Mule

There are several fundamental problems with proposing traditional monetary reparations to former Black slaves and there ancestors. Reparations have traditional been used as reasonably ascertainable compensation for events of limited time duration, like the First World War, where Germany was compelled to pay them. Reparations have also been used as a form of civil and criminal law compensation for reasonably ascertainable monetary loss. Here the uncontested damage to African Americans has taken place- and continues to take place- over a 400 years period of time, making any traditional calculation of damages to African Americans arbitrary and capricious. And more importantly, it would in no way address the underlying and continuing damage this unprecedented wrong has done in the past and continues to do in the present to African Americans.