Atlantic Beach, N.C.

July 11, 2021

TO THE EDITOR:

Reparations are the extraction of money from people who were never slave owners to be given to people who were never slaves.

Section 4: 14th Amendment to The Constitution: Neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave. In other words, this provision would have mooted any possible claims against the United States or a State due to the liberation of slaves.

Any financial benefits awarded to African Americans in compensation for historical discrimination would go against well-established Supreme Court precedents. As Justice Clarence Thomas said, “there is a moral and constitutional equivalence between laws designed to subjugate a race and those that distribute benefits based on race to foster some current notion of equality.”

As four Supreme Court justices have written, “the way to stop discrimination based on race is to stop discriminating based on race.” That means Any race. Reparations unjustifiably distribute race-based benefits in violation of the Constitution and would further divide the country along racial lines.

Asheville, NC, passed a reparations resolution fund of $2.1 million in 2020, apologizing for the city's role in slavery and discrimination. The resolution does not call for direct payments to descendants of slaves. Funding was called “historic” by ABC News, but little has been done with these funds as of yet. Interestingly enough, three of the city council officials that voted for the funding have been voted out of office.

Glenn Cartman Loury, a Black economics professor at Brown University, said the United States should "get beyond race" and that "Black people should not be trying to cut a separate deal with America for reparations.”

Not “all” Muslims can be blamed for the 9-11 terrorist attacks, not “all” gun owners are to blame for violence in our cities, and not “all” Americans are responsible for the injustice of slavery.

MIKE PFAFF

(21) comments

drewski

And yet reparations have been collected and paid repeatedly throughout modern history. Think Japanese Americans interred during ww2. As always the federal govt waits till most of them were dead, limiting the field of those eligible. Think agent orange.

noitall

Native American Japanese were interned in concentration camps - not slaves. ergo owned by no one. Their land was confiscated and reparations were eventually made for that . California Gov Earl Warren who became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was responsible, These people were my neighbors - no comparison to the current black demands. unless the Feds seized property.

noitall

Whatever reparations are, they are not unconstitutional.

David Collins

Biden’s attempt to bribe disadvantaged black farmers was shot down by the courts as discriminatory . As usual , this was never covered by the leftist media .

What the heck does agent Orange have to do with this ? Was it somehow used against black soldiers in Nam ? Good try .

The Japanese were interned because of the fear that spies were amongst them . There were some spies found but order was restored and some volunteered for service in our military and served us well . Such things happen in times of war . Think !

Sure , reparations have been paid when justice has been shown to fail but recently it has been used as a bribe to attempt to keep the malcontents from burning a city down . Burning and looting of innocents has become an accepted way to protesting what you do not like in certain cities . Yeah , that works every time and creates harmony as well .

noitall

There were NO Japanese American spy's - maybe Pearl Harbor but not in California. I hope the current theoretical revisions to our history get it right. Blacks are not the only minority. What is next, land reform?Rwanda land reform was an economic disaster. disaster

mpjeep

Well said, David!

Reparations would be costly, and how would they be implemented? Would you have to show ID to receive payments?

mpjeep

The making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged is the definition of Reparations….” only given to victims.”

noitall

SCATTERING SOME CASH AROUND WILL MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD? VICTIMS ARE STILL VICTIMS WHILE THOSE RESPONSIBLE ARE FREE TO DO IT AGAIN. RIGHT? A FEW PARAGRAPHS IN THE LATEST CRITICAL RACE THEORY MANUSCRIPT SHOULD DO THE JOB.

drewski

Agent orange is related to my statement that the federal govt as a policy will just delay until most of the affected are dead and gone. Like Japanese internees, or agent orange US serviceman.

Meanwhile, the author has totally/deliberately misunderstood the constitution. That article is about slave owners will not be compensated for loss of slaves as a result of emancipation. Those strict constructionists on SCOTUS will correctly read it the same way.

Reparations clearly are not unconstituational. I personally don't favor slavery reparations other then a symbolic gesture, since any actual slaves from that era are long dead.

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mpjeep

“Blessed is he that expecteth nothing, for he shall not be disappointed.”

Reparations have been paid in full by federal and state governments that have spent billions of dollars on social programs such as welfare, subsidized housing, health care, employment development, affirmative action, and education. These programs have benefitted African Americans.

Title VI of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Making Reparations Unconstitutional?

And to add, All young folks need to overcome their problems through their efforts and not depend on more government handouts and benefits. More money won’t change unhealthy living habits.

mtstosea

Amen!

David Collins

Agree up to a point Drew . The reparation game will by played to the max by those that are looking for a massive payday . You know well who they are or should . This subject needs to be put to bed permanently if not it will fester for years to come .

I’ll take my mule and 40 acres out of Manhattan . You can keep he mule .

mpjeep

More Unjust Reparations:

The Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act, a $5 billion payout as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The bill aims to provide payments to “Black farmers, and farmers of color.”

Cory Booker’s Justice for Black Farmers Act. It creates a USDA agency that would buy land and grant it to eligible Black farmers.

Like no white farmers suffered?

mpjeep

According to the current Supreme Court, the federal government is not supposed to give an entire racial group special treatment or make payments to it just because different group members were mistreated in the past. That is considered an unconstitutional racial preference.

But if a liberal politician gets elected president and appoints or packs more liberal justices to the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court might not block race-based reparations, no matter how costly they end up being for taxpayers.

drewski

"according to the current supreme court..."

Wishful thinking is not fact.

You may wish to review Fisher v. University of Texas.

David Collins

Another factor to consider in today’s climate is , judges have husbands ,wives and children . They wish to return to their well published addresses and have peaceful enjoyment with their families . They are also human . Just saying , not advocating .

JusticeForAll

Closed and selfish minds. That is what perpetuates the visceral comments. Reparations are not driven by money, but by the ignorance of those unwilling to learn, listen and rectify.

David Collins

Not driven by money , ha , ha , ha , it is all about money , ha , ha, ha . Give me a break ! Should be enough not to repeat the injustice , that would mean far more .

mpjeep

Have you ever noticed that the folks that complain the most about racism and urge reparations are the most financially secure?

mpjeep

Reparations are All about the money. My goodness, what else could it be?

Name one GOOD thing Biden has done in his six months in office? I dare you. And of the limited times we’ve heard him speak in public, name one thing he said without a brain fart or prewritten notes?

I hope that most Black folks realize they are being used by liberals just for a vote, Reparations or not.

Here we go again!

I think this was to address any potential claims by the slavers for the loss of their "property", not anything to do with the current reparations discussion.

"Section 4: 14th Amendment to The Constitution: Neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave."

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