So are you being sued in this case? Who’s trying to take money from you?
Why is it dangerous? If it’s such a ludicrous case, it will be thrown out and we’ll have nothing to worry about.
The companies being sued aren’t Whitey. They are corporations, with black employees and stockholders as well as white. Individuals aren’t being sued here; it’s institutions. Just like if I were to sue the federal government, I wouldn’t be suing all of the individuals of the Bush Administration, but rather the institution. And as a tax payer, I would be contributing to the pot going to my award, if I should win.
Because you want to? Who knows.
One could argue that the reparations paid to interned Japanese Americans already set the precedent.
Unlike the interned Japanese Americans, American slaves were promised 40 acres and a mule by the federal government following the abolish of slavery. This was a promise for reparations, and so far this promise has not been fulfilled.
But seeing as the plaintiffs in the case are going after private corps instead of the government, they won’t be able to use this argument. (darn!)
Can’t they do that now? What difference will this case going to trial make?
So you’re comparing voluntary migration to hundreds of years of enslavement and brutality? Goodness.
Whenever I find myself in a debate over slave reparations, someone inevitably asks about the make-believe reparations of another group. It’s as if people think that if you grant reparations to one group, then you have to give reparations to others, regardless of the validity of their claims. That’s a foolish argument, IMO. Everyone who feels they are owed should be able to seek compensation. Whether or not the courts grant them their compensation is another matter.
Besides the Native Americans, no other ethnic group in this country has been robbed by the government and private corporations more than black Americans. It’s just unfortunate that we’ve waited so long filing an official complaint focused on slavery. To me, all the problems of this case rest on the issue of time and convincing a jury that institutions should be held responsible for ALL damages conducted in their name, regardless of when they happened. The logistics of distributing winnings is also important, but shouldn’t have bearing on the decision.