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Monday, June 10, 2002
 
9:44 PM

William Raspberry recounts reader reactions to his column on a "novel reparations proposal"--allowing black Americans to divert 95% of their income tax to black foundations to help black people. Writers ran the "gamut of opinions" but most didn't like it. Here's one kinda in favor, except it doesn't go far enough:

"You try to put forth for America to mull over without assessing guilt. One cannot ignore guilt because reparations are about guilt and victimization. . . . To suggest that African Americans should be the major financiers of reparations is ironic to say the least."

Against:

"Although I share in the abhorrence of such an act as slavery, I do not feel responsible for it. The slave trade was initiated in Africa and continues today on that continent."

Proof of malevolent stupidity:

"The black man is always wanting something for nothing. They came here on a boat for free and have been wanting something free ever since."

If I had written Raspberry a letter, I would have said I'm astonished a man of goodwill could promote such an immoral idea.

I blogged at the time.



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