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  •  but Americans certainly go to casinos.... (3+ / 0-)
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    .... that are owned by the First Nations, for the simple reason that "that's the place to go" and "it's local."  (I don't gamble so I'm doing this from inference and it may be "not even wrong.")

    Seems to me the magic ingredient there is: the First Nations have something that can't be taken away from them now (or at least, the fed gov and state govs wouldn't dare), which is land.  

    Once you have land, you just have to figure out what you can sell that leverages the land ownership, but isn't a form of raw material resource extraction, and then with some trial-and-error, prosperity follows.

    So this about reparations:  African & Caribbean peoples were brought over here to work on the land.  OK, so how'bout let's count that as sweat equity and pay reparations with land ownership.   Every person with ancestors who were slaves (basically all African Americans & Caribbean Americans whose families were here during slave times), becomes entitled to land that's equivalent to a 1/N share of the surplus value that was forcibly stolen from the slaves.

    Land ownership translates to the ability to do business, and earning a profit is the economic equivalent of "over-unity energy output" in fusion research.

    Prosperity follows, and with it, economic power, and with that, political power to redress the grievances of a history whose shadow stretches forward to this day.

    We got the future back. Uh-oh.

    by G2geek on Fri May 30, 2014 at 06:32:41 PM PDT

    •  No, but HELL NO. (0+ / 0-)

      Reparations? For something that happened over a century ago? NO. No one alive today had seen or been involved in the slave trade either as slave or owner, nor their parents, and I would bet, their grandparents.

      I only see reparations for issues that occurred within a person's lifetime, NOT in antiquity!

      •  Slavery still exists in this country... (0+ / 0-) was never abolished. Read the 13th amendment carefully. It is something that is happening in the here and now.

        Disenfranchisement of black people continues unabated in this country; the former slave codes that restricted movement of black people, slave or free, became the black codes that are the foundation of Jim Crow and segregation. Despite the Fair Housing Act redlining continues. Despite the Voting Rights Act voter suppression via intimidation and legislative action. Despite Brown v. Board becoming the law of the land over 50 years ago, it is still being implemented with all deliberate speed and public schools continue to be separate and unequal.

        This country remains one which, at it's core, continues to take as a default position that there are no rights of black people that they are obligated to respect. Your post is further evidence of that fact.

        Fear doesn't just breed incomprehension. It also breeds a spiteful, resentful hate of anyone and everyone who is in any way different from you.

        by awesumtenor on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 07:11:46 AM PDT

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