Saturday, March 20, 2010

reparations for me but not for thee

From Allen Guelzo in First Things (from 2002, part of the 20th anniversary edition)...

The call for reparations for slavery is not, I believe, an ignoble one. But...the call for reparations opens itself up to a charge of willful forgetfulness so massive that resentment, anger, and bitterness, rather than justice, will (I fear) be its real legacy. The evils of slavery were real evils; so were the deaths of boy after boy, white and black, blue and gray, as well as the lag of postwar wages for Northern workers and the pauperization of Southern agriculture. In whose balances shall we say the one fails to measure up to the other?


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