Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Geneology and Reparations for Slavery

The academic left promotes all manner of wacky ideas, not the least of which is slavery reparations.  The idea is that white Americans ought to collectively write a giant check to black Americans in atonement for past mistreatment.  A bit of introspective genealogy demonstrates the foolishness of such a policy.

I am a quarter Irish, a quarter Danish, a quarter German, and about a quarter English.  My Irish ancestors suffered first from Danish Viking raids and then from a murderous English occupation.  It is quite possible that some of my English ancestors were part of Cromwell's army whose invasion of Ireland resulted in the death of nearly a quarter of the Irish population.

Examining my ancestry, it would seem that as a descendant of Vikings, Englishman, and Irishman, I owe reparations to myself.  Every group of people have at some point committed transgressions against another group.  To grant one group reparations for past suffering would set a destructive precedent that could ultimately compel me to write myself a check.


  1. And all that is crimes we didn't commit anyway. And if it's anyone who should propose that, it should be the African-American population. Why haven't they done so at large?

  2. As a matter of fact, some have. However, is my understanding that the idea is most popular among white college professors suffering from historical guilt.

  3. Yep, that's white liberal guilt for ya.

    Why should we pay for something that past generations committed? Blaming others and refusing to accept responsibility for one's actions is a hallmark of the Left. Liberalism truly is a mental disorder.

  4. Back in the early part of the 20th Century when my Italiano grandparents & great grandparents arrived from the old country Italians were clsssified as colored, now I'm considered white.
    They were from the Southern part of Italia that was invaded by anybody & EVERYBODY! So where are my reparations?
    Seriously, another dirty secret that is often ignored is that it was fellow blacks that sold other blacks into slavery. & let's not forget the role the Arab/Muslims playe din the slave trade. Shouldn't they be required to pay reperations as well?
    Like you said, the policy is foolish. & mostly motivated by liberal white guilt.