@gan.......I agree to a point. Paying reparations to descendants for atrocities does nothing but prolong the problem. However, if victims are still alive, then yes, they need to be repaid, by the state, for the injustice.
For instance, if the state took my land, accidentally or intentionally, I expect to be paid for that land. Does the taxpayer have to pay more taxes to pay for my loss? Of course. Is it justified? Absolutely. If they took my great grandfather's land in the 19th century,.....well that just makes for an interesting story.....no money desired or needed. We aren't talking about a practice of the 19th century. We are talking about something that happened just six presidents ago, probably in your lifetime. I personally knew two victims, deceased now, and I am only 38 years old. Think about that. You argue as if this is something that happened 200 years ago. Since I am writing in hindsight in 2014, I am thrilled that NC approved and paid. Virginia needs to follow.
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