Reparation For Slaves Essay

1244 words - 5 pages

Debate: Should Americans Pay Reparations to Descendants of Slaves?With the settlement of the new America, slavery shortly followed. Around the sixteenth century, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade began with ships traveling from Britain, to West Africa, and then to the Eastern coast of the present day United States. These Africans were transported in an unsanitary and abrasive atmosphere. When they arrived in the New World, the conditions were not much better. For three hundred years, they were forced to perform tedious tasks, work without receiving wages, live in shacks, and have no freedoms. Slowly, Africans' began to ascend the social ladder by obtaining emancipation, civil liberties and rights, respect, and finally, equality. Throughout the past four hundred or more years, Africans have struggled down a difficult path. Life was arduous for slaves, however, present day African Americans are able to live a life of happiness. Though present day life may not be simple, it does not equal in comparison to that of a slave. While there are many reasons to support reparations, I support the rejection of reparations to descendants of slaves by the United States government and suggest that a sincere formal apology be arranged by the government.One of the major arguments surrounding reparations is the fairness of allowing payment to other nationalities and not to Africans. Supporters of reparations declare that the Japanese and Jewish nationalities were given apologies and monetary supplements to compensate for their distress. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,Whereas the United States government has acknowledged and taken responsibility for its role in the unjust internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War and has undertaken to pay reparations to the internees and their successors and to apologize for the unjust abrogation of their rights (Restatement of the Black Manifesto).When I read this section from the article, I was influenced to change my point of view. However, after reading an article from CNN, I found that only the Japanese who were in the internee camps were paid and those successors were given formal apologies. Of the 1,300 Japanese, each one received five thousand dollars, and the 2,200 descendants were given a polite apology (Hill). This article completely nullifies the preceding statement. Only the Japanese who were survivors of this incident were given the monetary aid, so the first claim is incorrect. For the Jewish community, Germany paid one hundred ten million dollars to the survivors (German Holocaust Reparations). These payments were initiated in January of 1952. With both the Japanese and Jewish reparations, there are two very noticeable similarities. Firstly is that the money was given directly to survivors, not descendants. Secondly, the timeline is relatively shorter than that of Africans. This leads me to my second point.The time difference between the reparations of Japanese and Jewish is minute...

Find Another Essay On Reparation for slaves

Why African americans should not be given any reparations for slavery.

2253 words - 9 pages African American slaves and in most cases those who risked their lives died. Now is it fair that I should seek reparation from their descendants?III. SatisfactionA. The African American community is not sure as to who should pay thereparations but sooner or later they will find someone to blame it on.probably the government or big cooperation's that have a lot of money.1. My solution would be for who ever get's the blame to take a stand and say"no

The Long Struggle for Civil Rights

2204 words - 9 pages a company apologized for their part in encouraging slavery. Slaves were able to receive apologies for reparation, but it was harder for the government to make a formal apology because it was not one person’s fault for slavery and not one person should made dues. People all around the world were taking part in slavery, so not one person could be blamed. Reparations were made to right the wrongs made in the past, and a form of justice for


2157 words - 9 pages Jake Herigstad Herigstad Page 1Professor GordonFinal Paper on ReparationsCommunications 10511-11-03ReparationsReparations is defined by Websters as the act of making amends for a wrong. This is a topic in which hits close to home for many American citizens. Lewis says "Why are reparations good for Native Americans, Jewish Holocaust survivors and Japanese Americans but not people of African decent?" Is reparation needed in our society today? Is

Comparing Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave and Incidents in the Life

2262 words - 9 pages her mistress' neighbor (Jacobs 1964). Separation of the nuclear family and dispersion of slaves to other plantations prevents the slave from forming an identity. The nuclear family cannot exist for slaves who are "no more, in the sight of their masters, than the cotton they plant [...]" (Jacobs 1964). Consequently, because Jacobs learns to read and spell, she can later create an identity. In "Rewriting the American Self: Race, Gender and

Slavery and Reparations

4458 words - 18 pages government has had many chances to correct the lingering effects from slavery. After the Emancipation Proclamation, on January 16th , 1865 the U.S government had the opportunity to change the fate for all freed slaves by compensating each slave for their years of labor. A formal declaration made by Major- General W.T. Sherman after the Civil War called the Special Field Order No.15 most famously known as “Forty Acres and a Mule”, proposed that land

Thomas Aquinas

1594 words - 6 pages does this by creating the opportunity for himself or for his children to take advantage of the opportunities. The more and more opportunities an individual and society are received, the more they will grow and advance. In the debate on the black reparation, it is argued that the descendents of the former slaves should be paid back for the cruelties done to their people. Marx would agree that slavery was an extreme form of alienation. The

America Needs a Memorial to Slavery

3571 words - 14 pages of years have passed by or if the apology itself will spark a different controversy. According to David Horowitz, author of Uncivil Wars: The controversy over reparations for slavery, he feels that the reparations argument was calculated to separate blacks from other Americans, from their American heritage and from their place in the "American Dream" (p. 84 Horowitz). Even Martin Luther King and, his rival, Malcolm X resisted reparation. In the

"William Lloyd Garrison: the Agitator"

1754 words - 7 pages immediate emancipation of all slaves. Bursting upon the American political system in the early 1830s, abolitionists not only opposed any reparation of slaveholders, but they also demanded full political rights for all African-Americans, North and South. The most prominent and spiteful of those abolitionists was William Lloyd Garrison. Born on December 10, 1805, he was the son of a drunken sailor who abandoned his family when Garrison was only

This is a 2 part essay about Howard Zinn and Robert Royal Commenting on each others opinions about Christopher Columbus and the Arawak Nation

1233 words - 5 pages represented have been castigated for initiating the modern cultural dominance of Europe and every subsequent world evil: colonialism, slavery, cultural imperialism, environmental damage, and religious bigotry. There is a kernel of truth in these charges, but obviously to equate a single individual for a complex entity like a culture with what are currently being judged to be the negative dimensions of the emergence of an interconnected human world is

Imposible Dream? (Reparations)

2611 words - 10 pages Jake Herigstad Herigstad Page 1Professor GordonFinal Paper on ReparationsCommunications 10512-04-03The impossible dream?Reparations is defined by Webster as the act of making amends for a wrong. This is a topic in which hits close to home for many American citizens. Lewis says "Why are reparations good for Native Americans, Jewish Holocaust survivors and Japanese Americans but not people of African decent?" Is reparation needed in our society

Slavery is in the Past

1952 words - 8 pages monetary estimate for damages are around twenty-four trillion dollars (Reparations For African American Slavery). Though some estimate that to repay damages regarding slavery would cost around 900 trillion (MeWhorter). Even for the wealthiest country in the world that amount is too much. Should the payments even be attempted it would fall at the feet of innocent taxpayers. Only one in five whites of the Antebellum South owned slaves. Even if

Similar Essays

Black Reparation: Social Justice Through The Visibility Of The Black Narrative

1911 words - 8 pages , we must analyze his argument for Black reparation. To comprehend the impact of reparation we must assess the effects of it in the Black community; thus we must analyze how reparation can both aid and hurt the Black community. By taking these steps, we look at the arguments about reparation with a critical eye. To understand Walter’s claim for reparation we must first understand his view on the effects of the legacy of slavery and its

New Money Does Not Heal Old Wounds: Reparations To Descendants Of Slaves

1012 words - 4 pages discrimination. The topic of slavery and the reparations to the descendants of those slaves is a complicated one. The decision to support or deny slave reparations affects millions of people: those who will receive payment and those who will pay. The argument presented in this essay will display that reparations for slavery are not only complicated but impossible to accurately distribute. The lack of historical documentation and the impact on those who

Justice For All? Essay

1759 words - 7 pages days, has handicapped African American’s ability to exercise their legal rights that navigation of the legal and public complex procedures has made it impossible for them to correct social injustice and obtain reparation When Slavery existed in the United States, African’s were bought and sold as commodities at current Market values, like products or farm tools (84). Unlike their white counterparts, they were viewed as less then human, unworthy of

Reparations For Descendents Of African Slaves In America

3249 words - 13 pages Reparations For Descendents of African Slaves in America Slavery has been entwined with American history ever since Dutch traders brought twenty captive Africans to Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. Slavery in America is a subject with minimal truths and stories rarely told. The public school system excludes the fact that eight of the first twelve American presidents were major slaveholders. Emancipation brought freedom, but not