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.