My correspondent in Australia, Richard Stokes, sends a solution to the demand of Democrats that the United States should pay reparations for slavery to the descendants of American slaves, who were almost entirely owned by Southern Democrats.

Dear Dinesh
The question of reparations for slavery – but only that of America – is raised by Democrats.
1 Who should pay?
a  The African warring tribes would today be impossible to identify, so we can forget them.
b  The Muslim Arabs who bought them and sold them to American ships have no excuse.  Their heirs inhabit Saudi Arabia, although there are no descendants of slaves there for medical reasons.  The Saudis should pay.
c  The merchants who brought them to America, and the slave owners should pay.  We can identify them today as Democrats.  They also should pay.
d  Those countries who have slaves today should pay.  These are all Muslim countries, such as Mauretania.  But of course they have no money.
The unspeakable truth about slavery in Mauritania

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jun/08/the-unspeakable-truth-about-slavery-in-mauritania

2  Who should receive the reparations?
a  The descendants of the slaves.
b  But these descendants owe a debt of gratitude to the Republicans, who spent lives and treasure to free them.  
c  The Royal Navy, who intercepted the slave ships on the high seas and returned the slaves to their homes, and those allies who worked to end slavery.
3  How much money should be paid in compensation?
a  The cost of a slave varies with the markets.  Slaves cost between $100 and $50 000.  Let us take a figure between the two, closer to the lower figure, say $10 000.
b  There were about 4 million slaves at the time of the Civil War.
c  The total value of slaves in America would be $40 billion.
4  What will be the result of this payment?
a  If this debt is shared equally between Saudi Arabia and the Democrats, each would be responsible for providing $20 billion.
b  If the amount is shared among the Republicans, the Royal Navy and campaigners against slavery as one group, and the descendants of slaves as the other, each group will be entitled to $20 billion.
c.  Of the 40 million blacks in America, perhaps half are descended from slaves brought to the US.  Many others may be descended from slaves in the Caribbean or other parts of the American continents, and others again are more recent migrants.
d  Each eligible black thus will be entitled to $1 000.
5  How will the guilty pay?
a  Saudi Arabia should be required to hand over $20 billion in cash.  Failure to accept responsibility should result in sanctions.
b  There are 40 million registered Democrats.  Each would be required to pay $500 000.  A not unreasonable sum since they are the beneficiaries of those who lived off the work of others (a bit like white privilege).
6 How to collect.
All Democrats registered at the end of the year to provide a list of assets, including homes.  Collection to be placed in the hands of the IRS.

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1 Response to My correspondent in Australia, Richard Stokes, sends a solution to the demand of Democrats that the United States should pay reparations for slavery to the descendants of American slaves, who were almost entirely owned by Southern Democrats.

  1. hellenback7 says:

    Hey, aren’t we going to go after Eve (then Adam) for getting things wrong from the start and causing ALL our suffering?

    Oh yeah I forgot, we’re all human beings so everyone would be on the hook for repayment…..then again, we all are.

    Oh well, maybe get Satan to pay reparation to the human race?
    Oh right, Jesus already gave His Life for that debt; and He’s the only One with absolutely no responsibility for any unjust suffering.

    Maybe we should just try to be more like Him and not expect or allow money to attempt to pay for any loss or assault to our human dignity. Accept New Life in Christ and do better, with the help of His Grace and presence from here on in (you know, heed The Gospel).

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