Do Whites Also Deserve Reparations?
In the United States, calls for reparations are, once again, heating up. A Duke University professor recently called for $14 trillion in reparations for the descendants of American slavery (roughly $350,000 per recipient).
The professor, William Darity, isn’t the only one calling for reparations. The mayor of Boston, Michelle Wu, has established a task force that will explore compensation for black citizens. In New York City, Mayor Eric Adams has signaled his support for the idea. Detroit’s Reparations Task Force is currently exploring forms of compensation for the city’s black residents. Similar events are taking place in St. Louis. In early May, California’s reparations task force approved recommendations that could see some black residents receive $1.2 million each as compensation for slavery and racial discrimination.
Reparations are a terrible idea. Calls for race-based compensation appeal to emotion, not logic. First, how do we define slavery? Contrary to popular belief, African Americans weren’t the only victims of slavery. As Stephan Talty, an author who has researched slavery in great detail, has noted, white people were also the victims of slavery.
In a piece for Salon, a hyper-progressive online magazine, Talty discussed the fact that, contrary to popular belief, white slavery did occur prior to the occurrence of the Civil War. Talty referenced the work of Joel Augustus Rogers, a historian who meticulously documented the many ways in which whites were kidnapped and sold into slavery. These kidnappings occurred from the early 1700s right up until 1861, the year the Civil War started. Some of the victims were orphans or unwanted babies, while others were impoverished immigrants. White slavery occurred in America. This is an inconvenient truth that receives little or no attention, probably because it contradicts the “white privilege” narrative that continues to do the rounds.
Even if we were to agree on a definition of slavery, how are we supposed to verify those that claim to be victims? Then, of course, there’s the matter of financing reparations. Where will the money come from?
For comment on the matter, I reached out to David W. Rasmussen, the director of the Policy Sciences Center at Florida State University. Rasmussen recently published a paper discussing reparations for black citizens, and why such a system of redress for past injustices deserves criticism.
Rasmussen told me that although it’s easy to make the case that black citizens are owed reparations—the right to own slaves is embedded in the Constitution, after all—this doesn’t mean that the case being made has any real substance. The idea of reparations, noted Rasmussen, fails for many reasons.
First off, reparations are expensive, with “reasonable” estimates ranging from about $500 billion to $2.7 trillion. The highest estimate of damages is $7 quadrillion, he said, “a figure that emerges because damages are compounded at an annual interest rate of 6 percent.” For the mathematically challenged, a quadrillion is 1,000 trillion.
Moreover, black reparations would benefit about 12 percent of the population. In other words, said Rasmussen, “We are asking 88 percent of the population to pay as much as $500 billion (probably over a period of years) to bear the cost.”
All Americans, including those who are currently struggling to put food on the table, would bear this cost (40 million Americans, more than 25 percent of the population, currently live in poverty). Only 30 percent of Americans are in favor of some form of reparations. “Many of these,” according to Rasmussen, “may find a $500 billion price tag a hard sell.” Indeed.
It’s common for those in favor of reparations to insist that all descendants of slaves, regardless of their economic situation, should receive reparations. Thus, individuals such as Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as LeBron James and Oprah Winfrey, would be eligible. Rasmussen, like many other Americans, is against income transfers to high-income households—and for good reason. It makes absolutely no sense.
Which begs the question: What, if any, palatable alternatives to reparations exist?
Rasmussen asks, “If we are genuinely interested in helping black families locked in poverty in communities with high crime, inferior housing, and bad schools, why not address those problems?”
He’s right. Rather than creating race-related policies, the United States must create policies that address specific problems. This is the only way forward, largely because Native Americans, Hispanics, and poor whites would also stand to benefit. Again, contrary to popular belief, the United States is no longer divided by race. It’s divided by class. To be specific, it’s divided by four distinct classes: upper, middle, working, and lower, with more and more Americans falling into the final two categories.
As noted earlier, tens of millions of people of various skin colors are living in abject poverty. To truly help those in need, those struggling to survive, we need to move past the idea of reparations for black individuals. Now, more than ever, we must move past the desire to use skin color as a defining metric.
Commentary by John Mac Ghlionn, The Epoch Times
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10 thoughts on “Do Whites Also Deserve Reparations?”
As a White male, I demand reparations for suffering years of discrimination for being White and not entitled to any Affirmative Action policies.
Whites deserve separation. A two trillion divorce settlement with the 12 percent is well worth it. These silly political arguments about what percentage college admissions for this group or that group is futile.
The conversation needs to start. What is the national process for separation and the conditions?
The only reason that the question is even being asked today of white people paying reparations to Negroes for slavery, is because slavery has always been a Jewish monopoly.
The Jews were the monopoly owners of the entire slave trade throughout the Middle East and into Europe since the days since “The Sumerian Swindle” was invented (3500 BC). The vast majority of those slaves were Caucasians, Slavs, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern people. The word “slave” is, itself, derived from the Eastern European Slavs. These people were the major source for slaves after the Romans entered Europe with Jewish slave traders following in their footsteps with cartloads of shackles and slave collars. So, the name “Slav” became “slave” and the name stuck. Very few slaves were Negroes until the 1500’s AD when the Jews moved their slavery operations to the New World, linking it to the sugar, cotton and rum industries. The Nation of Islam has published an excellent history book covering the ownership of the Slave Trade entitled “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews.” No Negro is qualified to discuss reparations for slavery unless he or she has read this book. Then, let’s see who pays who for slavery.
Slavery was always guaranteed to the Jews by their Yahweh-god in the Old Testament. There are over 400 references in the O.T. to the care and feeding of the slaves of the Jews. In the “Babylonian Talmud” the rabbis brag about bringing slavery back whenever they gain power over Mankind because their demon-god gave them the “right” to enslave Mankind.
But the Jews have always practiced their demonic “Scapegoat Ritual” where they put the blame for their own sins on a goat. Then, they push the goat over a cliff, killing both the goat and their sins, leaving the Jews in their perpetual theatrical pose as “innocent Jews.” Read about it, yourself, in the Old Testament. Use Strong’s Concordance and look up the words “slave”, slaves,” “bond woman,” “bond maid.”
The NAACP was founded by Jews and led by Jews up until the 1960s as a way of hiding the facts of their complicity in the slave trade and for pretending that the “innocent Jews” really want to help the “poor, abused, black people” by getting them to demand reparations for slavery from the white people. But it was never the Jews who abolished slavery. It was the 600,000 white Christians who died in the Civil War and the additional millions of white American people who suffered wounds, maiming and amputations in that war. They were the ones who abolished slavery. And yet the rabbis, today, brag about someday bringing slavery back as a Jewish “right” for enslaving the people of the world!
So, if anybody deserves “reparations” it is the white people whom the Jews are harming even today with their encouragement of admitted communist groups like Black Lives Matter and AntiFa. Or how about reparations from the Jewish bankers who have been looting the USA through the Federal Reserve Swindle since 1914? How many trillions of dollars do the swindling bankers owe to the people of the USA in reparations for all of the taxes which we have paid to the swindling Jewish bankers?
And today, who are these Negroes who are demanding reparations? They are rich Negroes whose ancestors were sold to white American planters by the Jewish slave drivers. Their ancestors were the biggest and strongest Negros whom the Jews could catch and which the Jews could buy from the Arab slave traders. And those strong, hard working Negro slaves had children who grew into big strong foot ball players and tall basketball stars playing in professional sports leagues owned and profited by Jews.
Personally, I believe that all of the Negroes owe the white people of America a debt of gratitude for freeing them from the Jewish slave trade. But if there are any reparations that should be paid, they should be paid by the American Negroes as reparations for all of the white Christian missionaries whom their cannibal ancestors ate.
Hey, Bard, I am considering a run for Congress and looking for Christians who want to help me get rid of the Synagogue of Satan.
You will not meet very many good Christians in Congress. The Congress Critters are mainly self-serving, social climbing, treasonous, two-faced, lying, getters of Public monies and perquisites, all while talking out of both sides of their mouths at the same time.
The only one worth more than a dead fly seems to be Marjorie Taylor Green. Talk to her. I don’t see Congress changing much until Jesus comes back to kick the Jews’ bottoms.
For me it is about the #RestoreStateMilitia movement to take out the traitors in Congress who are not Christians. See my
For me it is about the #RestoreStateMilitia movement to take out the traitors in Congress who are not Christians. See my #WTPP website https://www.wethepeopleforpresident.org/about
Use #StateMilitia to get rid of Judaics and the money problem will solve itself.
There shouldn’t even be any black people in the United States at this point. It’s long past due that they return to Africa.
Nearly an entire century of their horrific behavior has destroyed every major city we whites built, and they cost us billions every by giving free shelter, food, healthcare — not to mention they cost our economy so much when they are placed in jobs for which they don’t qualify, simply for being black, and/or a woman, and the legal costs associated with criminal defense lawyers and incarceration.
Ghana has a right of return program https://www.repatriatetoghana.com/
If even those under a certain age, like 35-50 would leave, that alone would be a tremendous relief.
There is simply no future in America with 30+ million (and growing) black people. The failed experiment has got to be brought to an end.
This is why the country of Liberia was established so that American Black people who are growing fat on Colonel Sanders fried chicken and McDonald’s burgers and fries, have a safe and welcome place to go in the lands of their ancestors. There they can eat bugs and enjoy living in houses better suited to their natural proclivities, houses built of sticks and daubed with cow crap, houses where all of their gangster graffiti and vandalism will be an improvement.
Liberia was already built with American tax payer money and it is just waiting for boat loads of loafers to immigrate,
But the problem is that the Liberians have to work for a living.