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Reparations
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How do we reimburse people that we've done wrong to?

In courts of law, presumably, if I steal your car (or in grayman's case, his motorcycle or kayak or airplane or train) and i get caught, i have to pay a price. I would go to jail for awhile. The property would be returned to the owner, damages would be compensated. Pretty straight forward stuff. Doesn't always work that way, but that's beside the point. It's supposed to work that way, and we have an underlying agreement about that. You aren't allowed to cheat and steal. Or kill. Or kidnap; rape; deceive in a way that causes grievous bodily injury, and so forth. It's a common sense agreement that is the cornerstone of a civilized society.

In the case of the U.S., and discussions of reparations to African Americans, for instance, we open a can of worms.
How far back should we go? 
Assuming the money comes from taxes, should it come from families like mine, that as far back as you can trace it, we've been nothing but abolitionists....except when we were also slaves.

And what about native Americans? Hoo-boy...how do we apologize for that?

Here's how I'm seeing reparations happening:
We stop being criminal. 

As per endemic racism, we stop. We stop incarcerating minorities disproportionately, for similar crimes.
We eliminate the bail system that keeps poor people in jail, sometimes for years, awaiting due process.
We arrest landlords when they discriminate unfairly. We put cops in jail when they shoot someone for little or no reason.
We fine banks that are found to make it more difficult for a minority to get a loan; or charge them a higher interest.

In short, we abide by the law. That alone would be some stunning reparations. Simply abiding by the law.

There's a much more immediate reparation we should be discussing.
And that's the runaway slaves seeking asylum at our southern  border.

They are in immediate need, as a consequence of blatant cheating and stealing and murdering.

If we can muster a drop of collective empathy; a smidgen of atonement, which, frankly, i find unlikely, shouldn't it be focused on the most recent abuses, and the most desperate victims of that abuse?

more on this later. 
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Reparations - stanky - 07-08-2019, 07:13 PM
RE: Reparations - Di Wundrin - 07-08-2019, 09:38 PM
RE: Reparations - stanky - 07-08-2019, 10:42 PM
RE: Reparations - Di Wundrin - 07-09-2019, 04:20 AM
RE: Reparations - sparks - 07-09-2019, 09:40 AM
RE: Reparations - stanky - 07-09-2019, 09:58 AM
RE: Reparations - The Atheist - 07-09-2019, 01:49 PM
RE: Reparations - stanky - 07-09-2019, 03:48 PM
RE: Reparations - sparks - 07-09-2019, 04:38 PM
RE: Reparations - stanky - 07-09-2019, 05:35 PM
RE: Reparations - Di Wundrin - 07-09-2019, 06:19 PM
RE: Reparations - stanky - 07-09-2019, 08:27 PM
RE: Reparations - Di Wundrin - 07-10-2019, 12:15 AM
RE: Reparations - The Atheist - 07-10-2019, 12:56 AM
RE: Reparations - President Bush - 07-10-2019, 02:25 AM
RE: Reparations - Di Wundrin - 07-10-2019, 02:42 AM
RE: Reparations - sparks - 07-10-2019, 05:27 AM
RE: Reparations - stanky - 07-10-2019, 01:19 PM
RE: Reparations - The Atheist - 07-10-2019, 06:57 PM
RE: Reparations - Di Wundrin - 07-10-2019, 05:27 PM
RE: Reparations - sparks - 07-10-2019, 06:48 PM
RE: Reparations - Di Wundrin - 07-10-2019, 10:29 PM
RE: Reparations - President Bush - 07-11-2019, 01:43 AM
RE: Reparations - sparks - 07-11-2019, 04:55 AM
RE: Reparations - President Bush - 07-12-2019, 06:57 PM
RE: Reparations - stanky - 07-12-2019, 08:30 PM
RE: Reparations - stanky - 07-12-2019, 08:33 PM
RE: Reparations - sparks - 07-13-2019, 08:44 AM
RE: Reparations - stanky - 07-13-2019, 09:17 AM
RE: Reparations - sparks - 07-13-2019, 01:10 PM

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