paying reparations out of guilt

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I do understand that the thought of reparations offers a warm fuzzy to your members but you all need to get a bit closer to reality. There are some important truths that you need to recognize. First, if you are stating that the government pay reparations out of "guilt" as an emotion, that would be impossible. Guilt is a human emotion, governments are not human, therefore they cannot feel guilt. That means that only citizens of that government could feel "guilt" and they would only have to pay voluntarily as not all of them would feel that "guilt". How many voluntary payments have you received? How many of your members have paid their share of reparations? I dare say none! Second, If you are to use the world "guilt" in the context of being responsible for a crime being committed, that is also impossible because no one in this country has ever owned a slave. According you our legal framework only a person suspected of being "guilty" may be tried and punished. To my knowledge no slave was ever owned by the United States of America so by law the government can be held responsible at all. You can not ask any business to pay reparations because all the monies that make up that company are from stock holders who are citizens and taxpayers. You are right back where we started with the citizens feeling guilty or not. I think that even you can see that by definition there can be no payments. I do understand your frustration and hate. When one hates his country with such passion it is very easy to grab onto ideas that are (in the words of my students) "bogus bigtime". Keep trying guys................... You might get someone to buy into this. One last thought, really a question. What is an African American? I have asked at least 50 on my black students and not one can tell me what that means. It is really a stupid term. How can you be born in two countries at once? It seems to me that you have to be an American or an African! I am just a lowly teacher so I guess some of you "smart" guys will have to enlighten me. UNKNOWN

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I wonder why you have come to the conclusion that guilt is the foundation for the reparations movement. Perhaps you haven’t really read anything on our website, and you are just reacting to something you imagine? The foundations upon which reparations arguments are made are 1) moral and 2) legal. Governments do attempt (or at least pretend like they attempt) to act in a moral way with regard to their citizens. Governments are also obligated to laws that they have passed or ratified. In the case of reparations, the USA has ratified international law which protects collective human rights and the concept of equal justice. The government is legally obligated for damages that exist today, and civilized governments do obey law. The corporate reparations claims are also based upon moral obligation and law (not guilt), which is why they’re being heard in courts of law. You say you understand our frustration and hate. Once again, where did you get that idea? I believe that white people who support reparations do so out of a high regard for justice. They don’t act out of hatred for the US Government. Instead, they want the government to live up to its ideals. The other questions you present are answered over and over again by various reparations proponents. You say that you are a lowly teacher. This should mean you know the importance of educating yourself before you speak to an issue. I hope you’ll look at some of the articles on the website and the dialogue for the purpose of gaining in understanding on what the reparations movement is, and on what motivates the advocates of reparations.