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Demands for Reparations for Slavery
by TheEtruscan at 17:06 March 15, 2014


Reparations for slavery is the idea that some form of compensatory payment should be made to the descendants of those who have been enslaved by the Atlantic Slave Trade.

Caribbean Reparations for Slavery

Adapted from Wikipedia, see Demands_for_reparations

Reparations for Slavery in the United States

Reparations for slavery in the United States is a complicated issue. Any proposal for reparations must take into account the role of the then relatively newly formed, United States government in the importation and enslavement of Africans and that of the older and established European countries that created the colonies in which slavery was legal; as well as their efforts to stop the trade in slaves.

It must also consider if and how much modern Americans have benefited from the importation and enslavement of Africans since the end of the slave trade in 1865.

Profit from slavery was not limited to a particular region: New England merchants profited from the importation of slaves, while Southern planters profited from the continued enslavement of Africans.

In a 2007 column in The New York Times, historian Eric Foner writes: In the Colonial era, Southern planters regularly purchased imported slaves, and merchants in New York and New England profited handsomely from the trade.

Adapted from Wikipedia, see Reparations_for_slavery_debate_in_the_United_States
England abolished slavery in 1807 and in its colonies between 1833-1838. Mexico freed the slaves in 1827 (and the Alamo is because the American Tejanos feared that proclamation would be extended to Texas as well).

For much of human existence on Earth, slavery has been an enduring fact of life. Slavery predates written records and this practice would have proliferated after the development of agriculture.

Throughout history, Africans are not the only people who were enslaved. Any prisoner of war could be made a slave and defenseless populations were normally targeted. Schiavo, the Italian word for slave derives from Slav as Ukrainians were routinely bought and sold in Venice. A section of the Venetian waterfront is still called Riva Degli Schiavoni – slaves’ dock.

As slavery typically requires a shortage of labor and a surplus of land to be viable, the practice slowly came to a halt in Europe but remained very active in the Americas where there was a serious shortage of manpower (due to the native American population being laid low by European common diseases).

Much has been clamored about reparations for the past evil of slavery. But what about the unintended consequences of good fortune befallen unto the descendants of slaves?

Should we take into account the quality of life and economic opportunities that the Afro-Americans would have had had they remained in Africa?

It should be relatively easy to calculate the average savings, possessions and material worth of today's Africans in the areas where most African slaves to the Americas came from. DNA analysis should pinpoint these regions. Compare then these results with the net worth and economical potential of today's American Africans. Would "the West" then be owed?