I have been doing a research paper for my English class and I was given the topic "Should America Give Reparations for Past Crimes (ex: slavery)." So over the past few weeks I have been looking up various arguments both for reparations and against them.
Personally I do not believe that reparations should be given for few reasons. 1.) I have never owned a slave of any kind (while this is closed minded it is still true). 2.) All people here in America are born with freedom and they choose how to shape their lives (yes some people have a "head start" because of their parents but I personally know a guy who is putting himself through college unassisted because he works so hard and Texas state law requires some form of schooling home (pay for books), public (pay for extra activities) or private (usually expensive) to everyone under 18). 3.) Soldiers paid the debt by spilling their blood to free the slaves during the Civil War (and while slavery was not the single cause of the war it was a major factor.) 4.) Who is responsible for the slave trade? We have the people in Africa who captured their fellow people (even though they were from different tribes) and sold them to the Europeans, we have the Europeans who bought the slaves and transported them, and we have the Americans who bought the slaves and put them to work. 5.) I read that at the start of the slave trade slavery didn't exist because the "slaves" were treated more like indentured servants and were released from their bondage after X amount of time so much so that there were even some Africans who had these indentured servants "slaves" as well.
Sorry for rambeling there, but now I would like to know what you think about this topic; should reparations be given to the descendents of slaves or not? And why or why not?