Tim asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 6 months ago

In the unlikely event reparations are ever given to given African Americans for slavery , what would qualify someone to receive them?

As in how closely related do you have to be to a known slave ancestor ? Also 300 years of slavery in America, the records would be near impossible for a majority of people because they didn’t keep them especially in the 1500s,1600s and 1700s. I think determining this would be very tricky

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  • 6 months ago
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    The whole concept is ludicrous. It's just one more of these endless racist attempts by some people to get special treatment because of their skin color. The whole world has had slavery back to before the time of Christ. We're evolving out of in recent times. If this "principle" were enacted, then every country in the world could sue another for what happened six hundred years ago. It's nonsense.

    • Tim6 months agoReport

      ultimately what the true propose of it, is the gesture or is it expected to really make a significant difference in peoples lives....complicated .

  • 6 months ago

    It seem unlikely that someone who's ancestors of about 165 years ago were slaves would receive reparations. However, Slaves were considered property and some careful genealogical research could document an ancestry, that could go back the 8 to 10 generations since the civil war.

  • 6 months ago

    The whole idea is ridiculous. There would have been some sense to give reparation to freed slaves, but slavery ended over 150 years ago. To suggest that a person might be entitled to reparation because some of their distant ancestors were slaves is absurd.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    The real question is this: if current descendants of slaves receive reparations in 2019, what about in 2050? 2075? Should every descendant of a slave receive reparations, in perpetuity, or should it stop after X-number of generations?

    I am sorry (almost) to say so, but the entire "slave reparation" movement is just stupid beyond belief. If there were living former slaves, I'd say fine- but the last **possible** former slave, Sylvester Magee, died in 1971. He was reputed to be 130 years old, which is highly suspicious but also illustrates the difficulties of determining who was a slave let alone a descendant of a slave.

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  • 6 months ago

    1. Birth records going back to the first generation born out of slavery. 2. Any document showing either parent on that record was a slave. If you can not provide either you get no money.

    • Lv 5
      6 months agoReport

      Disputed genealogies, etc.

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