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What reparations to Black descendants of slavery might look like in the US | Just The FAQs

Lawmakers have been trying to pass reparation bills for descendants of slaves. Here’s why it’s taken so long – and how it might work.
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On June 19, Americans around the country will celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation in the USA.

This year, the annual celebration of freedom comes as the country grapples with its long-standing history of systemic racism, as well as the fate of its Confederate monuments, flags and symbols amid nationwide protests against police brutality and racism after the death of George Floyd.

“Juneteenth is a unifying holiday. It is the completion of the celebration of freedom in America,” said Steve Williams, president of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation.

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  1. American traded slaves from Africa. They are not free. Go to blame the country that created slavery and traded them around the world.

  2. Would this include white people who are 2% black because of 1 great great great grandmother who was a slave?

  3. Reparations violates Article 1 Section 9 Paragraph 3 and Section 10, US Constitution.

  4. When is anybody going to talk about the millions of white europeans who were enslaved by black people from North Africa? Forgotten them? Let's talk about worldwide slavery until the British decide to stop the Transatlantic slave trade. Let's talk about all the black slavers in the past and TODAY!!!!!!! I want reparations for my English ancestors

  5. It’s just fair grow up and heal this land.

  6. Us white Americans will gladly pay for reparations in that all blacks leave America and you go to your own land Africa. In exchange all whites in Africa come to America in open arms.

  7. America was built on the backs of slaves thank you for this video the fact that the census started 1870 is another reason why reparations need to be paid. Every black American has suffered due the atrocity their ancestors went through every single person is living off the backs of slaves here in America in some type of way or another while Rich organizations and people has handed down to their grandchildren and grandchildren… there would be no America is there wasn't for free labor for over 200 years to build it so we can live laugh and achieve.

  8. Statistics on wealth vs population:
    Whites 76% of population, 76% of the millionaires
    Latinos 18.5% of population, 7% of the millionaires
    Blacks 13.4% of population, 8% of the millionaires
    Asians 6% of population, 8% of the millionaires

    Now I am sure some can nit-pick and find other variations of these numbers through a variety of sources. However, it seems to me that Latinos have done worse financially. The # of white millionaires is directly proportional to their population. If 8% of the millionaires are black, maybe slavery is not the culprit, because they have thrived.  

    If you read the writings of PhD economists like Dr. Sowell, Dr. Williams, etc. who have spent years researching economic disparities, slavery is not a significant contributor. Of course, because their research contradicts the rhetoric perpetuating the reparations narrative, they are called Uncle Toms, bootlickers, etc. Rhetoric frequently seems to overrule facts.

  9. Reparations???? Seriously? It's just another way for entitled lazy people to try to get free stuff. This is all nonsense. Any Black that advocates this nonsense should be ashamed of themselves.

  10. Lol this is funny. Most problems with African Americans are within their own communities. They have more opportunities than white people for education and jobs. But they just want a hand out. Stop crying and be an active member of your community.

  11. America Indians should be prioritized in America. Not blacks.

  12. Hi, they can’t find BLACK NORTH AMERICANS people history is because we all NOT from Africa nor are we Indians or any of these foreign races, we were already here in North America 🇺🇸

  13. The Romans enslaved my ancestors in Britain. I deserve reparations from Italy.

  14. No you will not have my money because I’m white

  15. I think it may be the case that america must pay back in blood.

  16. The first slaves where brought to America in 1555 on a ship named Jesus and the Captains name was Sir John Hawkins, he was Pirate and he worked for the Queen of England, I don't no where they got 246 years of slavery when it was 310 years of chattel slavery, 100 years of Jim Crow and 70 years of Benign neglect. Add it up!

  17. If we calculate the contributions of American Blacks it wold be a negative balance. But instead of cash payment, non-Black Americans would settle for STOP BEING CRIMINAL.

  18. The African Americans looking for handouts should go ask the rich Africans who sold their ancestors to the white man for reparations!

  19. How will reparations look like in the US?
    Well it will involve government taxing the crap out of the average taxpayer who had nothing to do with slavery more on their earnings. Democrats and Liberals and Progressives won't foot a dime for this but they will make sure the rest of the American populace foot it……. Hmm… Where have I heard of government forcing people at point of gun to pay…….. COMMUNISM

  20. as an asian who immigrated here in the early 90s why should i pay for reparations?

  21. In practice, Jim Crow laws mandated racial segregation in all public facilities in the states of the former Confederate States of America and in some others, beginning in the 1870s. Jim Crow laws were upheld in 1896 in the case of Plessy vs. Ferguson, in which the U.S. Supreme Court laid out its "separate but equal" legal doctrine for facilities for African Americans. Moreover, public education had essentially been segregated since its establishment in most of the South after the Civil War in 1861–65.

    The legal principle of "separate but equal" racial segregation was extended to public facilities and transportation, including the coaches of interstate trains and buses. Facilities for African Americans were consistently inferior and underfunded compared to facilities for white Americans; sometimes, there were no facilities for the black community. As a body of law, Jim Crow institutionalized economic, educational, and social disadvantages for African Americans living in the South.

  22. Equality! We all gonna pay and we all gonna darn well like it!

  23. My great uncle died fighting in the union during the civil war. He was only 20. Can his family get reparations?

  24. I've seen black adults who couldn't say which side won the Civil War, so, no, you don't get reparations

  25. 246 years of slavery in less than half the country

  26. Never had slavery in the midwest or out west

  27. Blacks did get slavery reparations, uk just finished paying them off in 2015

  28. Is not true The Blacks were counted the 1611 king James version

  29. Stop using history to help get yourself a cheap $$$! No way in hell is anyone getting reparations. My ancestors were under 500 years of Spanish rule but do you see us Filipinos whining about what they did to us? Nope. It's only an American thing. 🤦‍♂️

  30. So just throw free money and hope the problems go away?

  31. All of you that got something to say about black people getting money f you you might be the children of the slave masters that already been paid

  32. Wowwww
    My great grandfather was a slave. Once it was abolished here, he worked his best, instilled that hard working mentality into my grandfather, who instilled the same into me, who will keep working hard.

    In the USA the minimum wage I hear is 15 dollars an hour. Most Kenyans dont make that in a day. Americans in general have an enormous advantage over most countries. Quit asking for these stupid reparations and get to work

  33. Let's give them Alaska.

  34. I'm all for it give every slave reparations… if you want to destroy the country give it to everyone that has black blood that would be just about half of the people in the United States… The one drop rule remember? Since 1969 …. 22 trillion dollars has been spent trying to lift the black race up

  35. Why is USA Today so bias? God you are just as bad as Fox News. Are there any real news channels left? Or are we just screwed?

  36. Funny. Black people's freedom was controversial and a heated conversation for its time. It's great to see nothing has changed.

  37. My family came to the United States in the 1900's. My family isnt paying for the crimes of others that happened in a country we weren't even a part of when it was all happening.

  38. The problem with slavery and the problems we face today in America is the people that were sold into slavery to the United states were the undesirables that the Africans wanted to get rid of. So these traits have been passed down through history with very few changes getting in the way!

  39. This is why black lives matter and antifa are trying to tear down history because they want people to think the entire United States owned slaves when in fact it was a few states in the south!

  40. Michel ultra is not a reparation is bad tasting water

  41. My parents had their families murdered and their property stolen by the communists, where’s my land trump???

  42. The saddest thing, to me, is the message that some whites are sending to our black communities. They aren't the problem. The fearful, fragile white ego is.

  43. Should Americans pay for "Reparations" of the past like Slavery and Jim Crow? Here's a Christian perspective for you! Blessings.

  44. America owes us that money. Debt owed

  45. The US will settle via reparations for African Americans to provide land, cash and equities to descendants of slavery. The only way for the US to bury its past is to finalise the matter as the United States was built by slavery. Note to the Democrats and Republicans, someone will need to pick this up and begin the process of engagement with the African American people ADOS on the framework for reparations. Whoever picks this up will be in power in the US for many generations.

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