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Do You Support Slavery Reparations?

Do you support slavery reparations?

by Countable | Updated on 3.14.19

What’s the story?

  • The issue of reparations to the descendants of slaves has become a growing debate among the 2020 Democratic nominees for president. Presidential hopefuls Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro have all called for some form of reparations.
  • Harris, for example, recently told NPR that the black community had suffered abuse handed down through generations.
"The term 'reparations' means different things to different people. We need to study the effects of generations of discrimination and institutional racism and determine what have been…the consequences and what can be done in terms of intervention to correct course.”
  • At the same time, a new INSIDER poll found that a majority of liberals – 54 percent – support reparations.

What are the numbers?

  • Nearly 25 percent of Americans surveyed would favor giving "financial compensation and government assistance" to the descendants of slaves.
  • 32 percent of respondents support the idea that descendants of slaves are “entitled to reparations."
  • 64 percent of black Americans, 25 percent of white respondents, and 47 percent of Asian respondents support reparations.
  •  54 percent of respondents who identify as moderately liberal or very liberal support reparations.
  • 13 percent of moderately conservative or very conservative respondents support reparations.

What are people saying?

  • Harris talked about the need for reparations that address mental health.
"It is centuries of slavery—violence associated with slavery. There was never any real intervention to break up what had been generations of people experiencing the highest forms of trauma, and trauma undiagnosed and untreated leads to physiological outcomes."
  • In late February, Sen. Warren also professed support for the federal government issuing reparations to black Americans economically affected by slavery.
“We must confront the dark history of slavery and government-sanctioned discrimination in this country that has had many consequences including undermining the ability of Black families to build wealth in America for generations,” Warren said in a statement to Reuters.

What do you think?

Do you support slavery reparations? If so, in what form? Take action above and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

(Sketch: "40 Acres And A Mule" / Public Domain)

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  • Libertarian
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    I migrated to the US from Europe. Why should I pay extra taxes to pay for something I have not perpetrated? My family members died in concentration camps during WWII, and I would never expect the same from Germany. Unfortunately, my family members which survived WWII have all passed away. They deserved such reparations. I do not. The world did not want to create any further financial instabilities for Germany. That is what caused WWII in the first place. The US is in too much financial debt as it is. From where would we gain these funds?

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  • OlderNWiser
    Voted Support
    03/14/2019
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    Absolutely 100%. Slavery’s effects continue to this day with racism deeply imbedded into our society. Racism means more danger; Living While Black is a crime punishable by death by cops. Economic suffering accrues from being denied land, work, and education then and now. Reparations would be a tiny first step toward equality.

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  • ProblemsOverParty
    03/14/2019
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    If we could go back in time and pay reperations to those who were directly affected I would do so in a heartbeat. Unfortunately this just isn’t feasible because the only people who truly deserve these payments are dead.

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  • Matthew
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    No one alive today ever owned anyone alive today. We are three generations, or more, separated from that period of time. There is no logical connection between your success in life today and that period of time then. Your life is what you make if it and the opportunities and choices you make. There are also logistical issues with this: 1 do all those who were slave get paid? White and black? 2 does everyone pay, white and black, through higher taxes, or just the families that owned slaves, white and black 3 is it only those freed by the civil war or does it include every slave ever imported into the colonies Complicated issue.

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  • Dexter
    03/14/2019
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    I don’t think the tax payers today should have to pay for the mistakes of the past. Obviously slavery was wrong and we made it illegal for that reason. If this happens I’m all for it as long as I don’t have to pay a single cent for it.

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  • John
    Voted Support
    03/14/2019
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    Reparations to African Americans and Native Americans have been wholly inadequate to date. More needs to be done for these constituencies that have made America what it is today.

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  • Shawn
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    Nobody alive today was alive then,....

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  • George
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    If the Democrats want reparations so badly then the party itself should pay them. They are the ones that fought so hard to keep slavery in the U.S.

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  • Jennifer
    Voted Oppose
    03/15/2019
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    1) Reparations were paid. It was in the form of bodies left on the battlefield from Gettysburg to Antietam. That was the ultimate in reparations. 2) How exactly do you decide who is the descendant and what apportion of funds they will receive, when indigenous tribes and blacks owned slaves also. Do we figure out how to exclude their descendants? 3) As a woman and a feminist, I am of the belief that women could then site historical harm from ALL men who got ahead in life at womens’ expense, so do we get reparations? 4) Where exactly do the proponents of this idea think we will get the funds to pay for this? So, NO, let’s stop doing the most damaging thing one could do to anyone, and that is to treat them like a victim.

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  • J
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    1. In what manner would reparations be made? 2. Shouldn’t Native Americans be afforded the same? 3. If awarded, would the reparations be made to each ancestor of each slave? 4. How would proof of ancestry be made? More information, please!

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  • Ladon
    Voted Support
    03/14/2019
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    What Part Of “Descendants Of Slavery” Don’t You People Understand? Also, The U.S Has Been Paying Holocaust Reparations.. Which Had Nothing To Do With American Citizens. Black Slavery (Black Holocaust) Was 10x Worst Lasting Hundreds Of Years! Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. It made discrimination illegal. Which Means It’s Only Been 55 Years Since Blacks Had Rights Legally. Sounds Pretty Fair To You?

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  • Jessica
    Voted Support
    03/14/2019
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    The economy and infrastructure of the United States was built on slavery, and the to think that the implications of slavery are not still being felt is naive. If there is any way, reparations are the only way to repair the atrocities that shame this country. To economically empower people who’s families have, for generations, been systemically disempowered and exploited, is an effort at justice.

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  • Cindy
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    Please vote no on this topic

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  • burrkitty
    Voted Support
    03/14/2019
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    Sure... but, you know... we have been murdering, infecting, enslaving, and destroying quite a few peoples in our history. The First Nations for example. Without dismissing the past horror of black slavery, the Native Americans are still suffering TODAY. If we are going to start on this path of saying sorry to all the people we have wronged, we owe significant reparations to the Native American Tribes. The Japanese Americans we put in concentration camps also deserve a apology. Many of them lost everything as well.

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  • Lois
    Voted Oppose
    03/15/2019
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    Descendants of slaves are not slaves. Descendents of slave owners do not own slaves, did not bring them to the US, nor do they condone slavery. Would the descendants of slavery prefer to be living in Africa? Time to put this issue behind us and concentrate on helping all under privileged Americans make better lives for themselves through education and hard work.

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  • Patricia
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    No, slavery wasn’t just an African American issue and there is no way to say who is a decedent of a slave. All reparations need to end.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    It’s just an attempt by the Democrats to maintain African-American votes. This is nothing more than a number of 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates to bolster their election opportunity of gaining the seat of being the Democratic candidate opposing President Trump. It’s just another attempt by the Democrats to squander Federal funds, as they’ve often done in the past, to pander in the retaining the support of a number of organizations, agencies, or groups through the spreading of massive amounts of money 💰 around. SneakyPete..... 👿It’s Called 💰💰👿. 3*14*19.....

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  • Cherie
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    And the reparations come from tax payer dollars...? Last time I checked, none of the people I have lived and worked with during my lifetime never enslaved anyone, not to mention that my immigrant great parents suffered plenty upon arrival to the United States in the late 1800s. We learn from history and we move forward. So please don't make tax payers responsible for something that they were not part of or present for.

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  • Jam
    Voted Oppose
    03/15/2019
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    I'm native American/Indian. I've never received anything for my tribe being torn apart and thrown to the wind.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    Voted Oppose
    03/15/2019
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    That is an issue from way in our past. Those people are gone. Who would get the reparation? Who would pay? The government doesn’t have the money. This is a waste of time. Senator Harris is crazy and should be thrown out of Congress.

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