[QUOTE=TerryBadway;2840977]Shakin...Those are the great questions. And those questions are at the heart of the battle for not only programs (affirmative action, diversity programing, social investment), but the answers to those questions are the primary drivers for the resentment between the races. And we may agree on some of these, and strongly disagree on others, but I can accept (to an extent) that other side of the argument.
The thing is.....We first have to answer, was/is there a debt owed.
My answer to that would be, Certainly.[/QUOTE]
A debt to whom? Why do people think they are owned anything? And this is not just about black/white racial issues?
I'm Scottish by heritage. Do the English owe me anything for the abuse that took place 400 odd years ago?
Is the Jewish community owed anything for the persecution over 2000 years ago?
In Canada, the big one is residential schooling of Native Indians and land claim rights....are those who were displaced from their homes and put in residential schools owed anything? Absolutely...the ones that are still alive today. Are their kids, grandchildren, great-grandchildren owed anything....NO.
Land claim rights....there is a dispute about land claims with native Indians, and who actually "owns" what...should it be settled? Yes, but that doesn't mean three hundred years from now a native Indian ought to get something for the struggles faced by native Indians due to land-claim disputes centuries prior.
IF black people are being sold in the modern era to white slaves, then the white slaves need to be punished and those who are being traded need to be helped.
I don't think the English are still taking the wives of Scots man so they can have sex with them and "breed" out the Scottish. If so, those that it happens to deserve support, help, remuneration etc...
IF this conversation is going where it has gone in the past, then there is a serious flaw somewhere in the thinking...
Last edited by CanadaSteve; 11-04-2008 at 01:27 PM.