The United States Federal Government Reparations Essay

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“Given the fact that there’s plenty of blame to go around for slavery — plenty of blame to go around among African and Arab states, plenty of blame to go around among Western states — I think we’re better to look forward, and not point fingers backward,” Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State, mentions on NBC. The controversial debate of the United States Federal Government paying reparations to African Americans has been going on for countless years. Reparations, according to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, is the making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money or otherwise helping those who have been wronged. Many claim that the difficulties faced by blacks today are deeply rooted within our nation’s history as well as society’s intolerance and racism, and paying African Americans reparations will do them great justice. On the other hand, others believe that the problems which blacks encounter cannot be fixed or amended by paying them reparations. The United States Federal Government should not pay reparations to African Americans as it is not feasible, it will not improve racial tensions, and today’s generation has no emotional connection to those who suffered during the slave era which would result in reparations having no effect.
Paying reparations to African Americans is simply not feasible. Feasibility is an absolute prerequisite for moral obligation, as it determines if an event can be successfully accomplished or not. If my friend really needs a hug…

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