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Thread #168130 Message #4061250
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
24-Jun-20 - 10:04 PM
Thread Name: Juneteenth - another US Independence Day
Subject: RE: Juneteenth - another US Independence Day
I have a problem with reparations, being that not all darker-than-white-skinned people are descended from taken-from-Africa slaves, and what's worse in this concept is that those who are, are also descended from slave owners. I don't think anyone descended from slave owners should benefit from their ancestors having owned people, even if those other people were also your ancestors.
That is the equivalent of "All Lives Matter." Reparations isn't about money being paid to anyone based upon the color of their skin or even what can be tracked of their ancestry. It's about addressing the inequities that are still formally and informally built into society and cultural and government institutions aimed at non-white citizens. It's about supporting institutions that have been ignored or underfunded for decades or centuries. It's about Juneteenth being a paid federal holiday and getting rid of Columbus Day. It's about making Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. (both largely dark-skinned populations) states and giving them full rights to the representation and economy of the United States. It's about leveling the playing field for American Samoans and the Chomorro of Guam, The citizens of the US Virgin Islands, the Northern Marianas (all of these places have largely indigenous dark skinned populations, and many of them have ancestors who were impacted by slavery). The US has a lot to answer for.