Friday, April 23, 2010

An argument against slavery reparations, and a bit of a surprise

Back in the 1990s, I remember occasionally hearing arguments for reparations for past slavery. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has an interesting op-ed in the New York Times on April 23, “Ending the Slavery-Blame Game”, link here

I do recall the book and movie “Amistad”, which I saw in Minneapolis in 1997 shortly after moving there, as I was becoming active there in libertarian circles. Gates says that 90% of those eventually placed on slave ships were actually captured by other Africans, without whose complicity the slave trade could not have occurred on the scale that it did, driving so much of American history as we learn it in school.

That, he says, certainly affects the arguments for reparations.

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