It’s Not Reparations, It’s Revenge…


Democrats frequently talk about reparations for black Americans, compensation for slavery and Jim Crow.  Indeed, House member Cori Bush recently proposed $14 trillion as a good place to start.

Any reparations plan would be extraordinarily complex. First, if reparations are to be paid, to whom would they be paid?  To every one of America’s 45 million blacks? (2020 Census)  Including the 4.5 million blacks who immigrated after Jim Crow was gone?  Should the 33 million black Americans aged 50 or below who have only lived after passage of the Voting and Civil Rights Acts?  How about black families whose ancestors lived in northern states where slavery was largely outlawed before America was a nation and Jim Crow never existed?  How about blacks from states like California and Idaho who had neither slavery nor Jim Crow?  Or those of mixed origins with one black parent?  Is one black grandparent sufficient or would it have to be at least 2 of 4?  Do black families who earn $200,000 a year still qualify for reparations?  How about America’s 1.5 million black millionaires?

The next question is, if indeed reparations were to be paid, who would pay them? America has approximately 250 million white people. Would all of them have to pay? Even those whose ancestors arrived after passage of the Civil and Voting Rights Acts or whose ancestors arrived after the Civil War, as many Italians and Irish did? Do the 155 million or so who are 50 or younger and were born after Jim Crow was history? How about those descended from one of the 360,000 white Northern soldiers who lost their lives fighting to end slavery? Or those who live in states that never had slavery or Jim Crow? Do the whites of Wyoming, where the black population is 0.9% pay the same as Louisiana where it’s 31%?

Once we’ve nailed down who’s going to get reparations and who’s going to pay them, then we have to figure out how much.  For the sake of argument, let’s take Bush’s $14 trillion.  That works out to $311,000 to every black American. Again, for argument’s sake, let’s say that all 250 million of the whites would be responsible for making the reparation.  If required to make that payment, that would involve every single white person (including babies and retirees) to write a check for about $56,000.  That’s unlikely to be feasible given that the average median white household income in the US is $78,000.

So, if writing a check is out of the question, maybe setting up a payment plan, sort of like a mortgage.  Spreading the $56,0600 out over 15 years at today’s 6.7% interest rate would make for a monthly payment of $494 per white person. That doesn’t seem too unreasonable, but what about unemployed whites or those on government assistance?  Do they pay?  What about white kids too young to work?  Do they pay or do their obligations accrue until they turn 18 or get their first job?  Then of course, who do they make those checks out to?  Do the white people get to choose which black people they pay?  Or do they make the payment to a pool to be distributed by some upstanding organization that represents black people like the NAACP or BLM or the National Action Network? Are the payments tax deductable? Maybe let the IRS collect the money and have the government distribute it. Would the government need to set up a Department of Reparations to keep the money separate from the rest of the government’s funds? Or maybe the government can pay the whole sum up front and bill the white people. Would individual black people have claim on individual white people’s property if they didn’t or couldn’t pay?  Would jails become debtor’s prisons full of people who can’t pay?

Assuming all of that gets figured out, are new black babies entitled to reparations?  If yes, for how long? Will black babies born in 2075 still be eligible for payments and white ones still obligated to pay? Is it in perpetuity or will it only last 100 years?  If new black babies are not eligible, how would mom explain to junior that he doesn’t get the $311,000 his brother did just because he was born 12 months later?  If a black woman is pregnant when the agreement is made, does she collect for only herself or for her baby too?

At the end of the day reparations are made for some wrong done… but what if the result of that wrong left the progeny of the person wronged better off than had the wrong not been done in the first place.  Is it possible that reparations aren’t really due?

Approximately 400,000 blacks were brought to the United States as slaves. We assume that had they not been sold into slavery they would likely have stayed where they lived. So, one might ask, would the progeny of those slaves have been better off in those home countries than they are here as a result of their ancestors being sold into slavery?  First, let’s look at incomes. We’ll look at the per person median income (PPMI) in the top 10 modern nations encompassing the places from which those blacks were taken. (see nearby chart)

The average among those 10 nations is $950 per year.  This compares to a median income for black Americans of $13,108 per person. ($19,306 average American X .67)

But of course money isn’t everything, right? How about life expectancy?  In those same 10 nations the life expectancies average 61.6, compared to the United States where the average life expectancy of black Americans is 75.1 years.

  PPMI Life Expt.
Angola: $665 62.3
Congo (DR): $392 62.4
Cameroon: $1,245 60.9
Nigeria: $825 52.9
Guinea: $876 60.7
Sierra Leone: $765 60.1
Gambia: $1,383 63.8
Liberia: $753 61.1
Mauritania: 1,760 64.5
Senegal: $844 67.6
Average: $950.80 61.6
Black Americans $13,108 75.1


So black Americans have incomes that are 13 times higher than individuals living in the nations from which slaves were brought to America. They also have life expectancies that are 14 years, or 22% longer. What’s more, Americans have freedoms found in none of those countries; they also have levels of entertainment, transportation, food, shelter, leisure, medicines, job opportunities and democracy that citizens of those nations can only dream of.

As such, it appears that black American descendants of slaves are actually far better off because their ancestors left Africa in bondage and landed in the United States.  Indeed, had their ancestors been taken to Brazil, where the largest number of blacks landed, they might not have survived to procreate because death rates were staggeringly high, or to the middle east where the men were castrated and babies born to black slaves were killed at birth, which explains a dearth of blacks in the middle east despite importing more slaves than the Americas.

But the relevant progeny for this discussion were brought to the United States, and it appears that they are much better off than the descendents of those who were left behind.  If that were not the case, one would expect that blacks unhappy with America would willingly emigrate to the nations from which their ancestors came. But that never quite happens does it? Which begs the question, given that no one alive today was either a slave or owned slaves and most of the progeny of slaves are exponentially better off than they would have been had their ancestors not been taken to America in the first place, exactly why are reparations warranted?

In fact, they’re not, and that’s the point.  It’s not reparations that are being demanded, it’s revenge, which is a completely different thing altogether…

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The Slaves Owned Bought Sold Abused and Traded and the Families Separated by the Democrats who founded the KKK its the DNC who owes them not the American People

Exactly. Letting Democrats repay their victims is The Conservative Case for Reparations

I think it should first be established who pays. Then, those who will foot the bill can decide who gets how much.

My position hasn’t changed. Democrats should pay. Democrats were the slave holders. Democrats supported slavery. Democrats defended slavery. Democrats created the KKK. Democrats created Jim Crow. Democrats maintained institutional racism to maintain blacks as second class citizens. Democrats even lionized the last vestiges of Jim Crow and the KKK, Robert Byrd, unapologetically. Democrats have never accepted responsibility for all this and certainly have not atoned or apologized for it.

So, Democrats and anyone that supports Democrats should be responsible for any reparations. Registered Democrats, those who caucus with Democrats and anyone that votes for Democrats has to atone for the sin of slavery and institutionalized racism. Those that fit in that category can have a percentage of their income deducted each year when they file. Registering as a Democrat or voting for Democrats should generate a notice similar to a 1099 requiring completion of the applicable parts of the 1040 form.

How can you tell if someone votes Democrat? Well, ASK them on the 1040. Wouldn’t they be PROUD of voting Democrat and more than happy to do their part to rectify systemic racism?

Or do they make the payment to a pool to be distributed by some upstanding organization that represents black people like the NAACP or BLM or the National Action Network?

Oh, yeah… put Sharpton or the real estate moguls in charge of trillions of dollars. Wht could go wrong?

Would the government need to set up a Department of Reparations to keep the money separate from the rest of the government’s funds? 

Yeah.. like the Social Security fund! That should keep it perfectly safe and secure.

If they can work reparations OR revenge out on those conditions, then I don’t care how much they get. Perhaps some might think twice about voting for the party of slavery and racism.

Maybe retribution is a better word.


It’s just political warfare, Communist-style.

Nothing new about it.

1.6% of Americans owned slaves, thats at the peak of slavery. This seems to be much like covid with a 99% chance of survival. My people did not own slaves they started out as farmers in a cold climate. Unlike Southern Democrats they did their own work.
Anthony Johnson an indentured servant who earned his freedom, granted land by the colony is to blame for legal slavery in the US.
1619 project is a lie all of it.

YOU pay it. You support racism and slavery.