When my white ancestors came to this country, many of them were given the opportunity to homestead free land. That opportunity gave my poor, landless, European ancestors the opportunity to accumulate wealth which has been passed down through the generations.
For African-Americans, no such free distribution of wealth was ever given to their ancestors. Their ancestors came to this country in shackles, and once here, performed back-breaking labor without compensation every day of their lives until dead. When slavery ended, not one cent was put into the pockets of the former slaves to start a new life. Yes, they were free, but on their own to struggle for their very existence, while at the same time, experiencing massive discrimination at every attempt to get ahead.
It is time for America to do the right thing: Every African-American deserves significant financial compensation in reparation for the massive injustices they and their ancestors have endured.
Come on, America! Let’s do it!
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