When a right is granted and ignored, our laws provide for remedy. At the time of the Atlantic slave trade countries were just beginning to consider that slavery was inhumane, to the point of making it illegal, and the US trailed this awakening. The call for reparations seems unperturbed by the revisionist thinking required in the light of legal enactments of the time. It would be more reasonable to argue that freed slaves were damaged by the subsequent denial of full rights provided for at the time of the emancipation proclamation, up to the time when Jim Crow statutes were enacted. And then there is the statute of limitations with which to contend.
Do not expect this wrenching to go away any time soon.
James C. Collier
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I found this site poking around over on the wave stationx blog. The site is: www.actingwhite.blogspot.com. It has some very thoughtful posts on race issues.