Reparations: You Can’t Owe Imaginary Debts

The odds are almost certain that some of my ancestors were enslaved by the ancestors of someone else sometime in the past. When do I get my “reparations” for this slavery?

Of course, the odds are just as good that some of my ancestors also enslaved the ancestors of someone else sometime in the past. I guess any “reparations” cancel out.

And I’m OK with that because I have never personally been enslaved nor have I ever personally enslaved anyone. I’m against enslaving anyone for any reason… and always have been. Even the kinds of slavery the “majority” approves of.

Abolitionists like me carry no guilt over slavery which was committed in the past– long before we were born– and can’t owe anyone for krimes (which were then legal and “moral“, but never ethical) of the past which I didn’t commit and don’t support. It’s ridiculous that anyone could believe otherwise.

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Kent McManigal

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