Should African Americans Receive Reparations?
Racism and hate have played a major role in United States history. These words have been the fuel behind slavery, inhuman treatment, and genocides. The Kosovo, Native Americans, Japanese, and African Americans are some of the prominent races that have been affected by racism and hate. The U.S. have given reparations to the victims of Kosovo, Native American, and Japanese, but no reparation have been given to African Americans. For five hundred years, the U.S. forced African Americans into slavery. As an African American woman in 2013, the question “ What ever happen to reparations for African Americans?” lingers in my mind. Don’t we deserve reparation just as the Native Americans and Japanese got? Generations of African Americans were force into slavery. For that African Americans should receive reparations, to compensate for their many years in slavery the inhuman treatment, and discrimination. Slavery was basically forced free labor by the Europeans. An estimated seven to six million Africans were shipped to North America in the 18th century alone (Hutchinson, 1). During slavery slaves would be beaten, killed and raped (“Reparation for Slavery”). There was no penalty for this because a t the time slaves were not looked at as inhuman (“Reparation for Slavery”). This treatment lasted for years, an estimated five hundred. Five hundred years of forced labor, unjust, inequality, death, and inhuman treatment. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in its final form on January 1, 1863(Chrisman, 1). Which demanded the freedom of slaves. But even after that African American faced many more years of hardships and discrimination. Especially for African Americans who inhabited southern states of the U.S. Southern whites often responded to African Americans with violence, and federal troops were needed to preserve order and protect blacks in several incidents. But...
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