If you thought reparations for slavery was far too radical an idea to actually ever be proposed, the UN is fixing that “problem.”
Personally, I’ve never understood the case for reparations in modern times. The U.S. government has given reparations in the past to the Japanese who were interned during WWII – but that was aid given to those directly affected, not their ancestors.
According to the logic of calling for reparations in modern times, you’re supposed to be paying for the transgressions of the 1.4 percent of Americans who owned slaves over 150 years ago. Not only did you not benefit from slavery in any way — most Americans didn’t — and those who did saw all the wealth created by slavery destroyed by the Civil War.
And how exactly would reparations for slavery work logistically? My ancestors didn’t come here until the 1930s, so would I be exempt as I don’t have any connection to slavery down my family tree? And what about blacks who are the descendants of other blacks who came to America after slavery was abolished? Will they get reparations? And what about people who are bi-racial? Are they only eligible for fifty percent? I’m sure none of those calling for reparations were aware there were black slave owners in the antebellum South as well.
Those are all questions I’ve never heard answered by the reparations crowd. All they seem to know is that they want money, and they’ll argue anything to justify it.Via The Washington Post The history of slavery in the United States justifies reparations for African Americans, argues a recent report by a U.N.-affiliated group based in Geneva.
This conclusion was part of a study by the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a body that reports to the international organization’s High Commissioner on Human Rights. The group of experts, which includes leading human rights lawyers from around the world, presented its findings to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, pointing to the continuing link between present injustices and the dark chapters of American history.
“In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent,” the report stated. “Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching.”
Apparently those over at the UN are now receiving all their information from the social justice warriors of today.
From 1882 to 1968 — a period of 86 years — there were 4,743 lynching victims, 3,446 of which were black.
For comparison, 4,906 blacks were murdered by other blacks between 2010-2011.
Lynching was a horrible consequence of racism without a doubt, but it’s a problem that hasn’t affected the black community in decades, and statistically small in comparison to contemporary problems.
The UN has also guzzled the Kool-aid when it comes to the narrative of blacks being murdered by racist police. Such a belief neglects that not only are black and Hispanic officers more likely to fire a gun at black suspects than white officers, blacks are more likely to kill cops than be killed by cops (on a per-capita basis).
And what’s the end goal of highlighting these invented problems? The Post continues: The reparations could come in a variety of forms, according to the panel, including “a formal apology, health initiatives, educational opportunities … psychological rehabilitation, technology transfer and financial support, and debt cancellation.”
Meanwhile, the UN had nothing to say about the 10 to 20 million blacks who had been enslaved by Muslims as a result of the Arab slave trade. Funny how that works.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]