Reparations! A topic that’s been on the minds of many for pretty much…. forever! Descendents of slaves who brought brought over unwillingly from their homes in Africa, forced to work, murdered, raped, belittled in every way possible, still feel the terrible effects of this awful past. Racism is still very much alive and very much linked to the period of slavery. So, Reparations, in some form, are a valid and important subject to talk over and come to some outcome.
Yet, politically it gets glossed over, time and time again, pushed aside, laughed off as implausible.
Yet…. The US Gov has actually paid reparations before! It’s been done, so it can be done again, right? Well…. these reparations were paid to those “poor” slave owners who lost their “property”.
A few years back, NewsOne reported:
According to the National Archives and Records Administration, The District of Columbia Emancipation Act paved the way to compensate slave owners for their “loyalty to the Union” and for the loss of income incurred by freeing slaves.
On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. Passage of this law came 8 1/2 months before President Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation. The act brought to a conclusion decades of agitation aimed at ending what antislavery advocates called “the national shame” of slavery in the nation’s capital. It provided for immediate emancipation, compensation to former owners who were loyal to the Union of up to $300 for each freed slave, voluntary colonization of former slaves to locations outside the United States, and payments of up to $100 for each person choosing emigration.
Over the next 9 months, the Board of Commissioners appointed to administer the act approved 930 petitions, completely or in part, from former owners for the freedom of 2,989 former slaves.
Well, isn’t that something! So, white slave owners got paid off and slaves were given exactly nothing in return! Supposed freedom doesn’t count as a reparation!
SHAKE MY HEAD!