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No, we don't need reparations- we need individual liberty

Updated: Aug 20, 2019

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This article is not going to spend a lot of time stating the obvious. No black person in the US today was a slave of the American plantation owners, and no White person today was a slave owner. This is an absurd idea that seeks to support those that were “held down.” The problem is that it seeks to help by holding other people down. It’s something only a government could come up with.

I'm going to attempt making the delicate case for why:

  1. The welfare system has already been attacking this problem for 100 years to no avail

  2. The last thing a black person needs is help from the federal government

  3. This is just an attempt to buy votes, and increase federal tax income

I don't like disclaimers, but I feel this article deserves one. It's true that blacks had it harder in our society throughout our country's history. We're only 1-2 generations removed from the civil rights movement, desegregation, Jim Crow, etc. I do believe that the parents and grandparents of people my age(32) were held down, but I do not believe that I should be held down to make it right.

In a way, partial reparations have been paid for the last 100 years

The welfare programs in the US have been taken money from the richest people and giving it to the poorest people for a long time. Neither of those two classes are exclusively white or black, but we do have some numbers on who gets the largest benefit relative to their portion of the total population.

Here's where the statistics start to show some of my point. When it comes to direct welfare recipients, blacks receive 40% of the total welfare payments, while making up only 13% of the US population. Whites receive roughly the same amount of direct welfare (39%), yet they make up 76% of the population. In addition, we see the same situation with "food stamps," where blacks receive 25% of the SNAP payouts while making up 13% of the population.

So who makes up the largest share of the income tax payments?

The much lamented "1%" of income earners cover 39% of the income tax burden. Of those people, 96% are white. This means that the largest single portion of taxes are paid by white people- 37% percent just from white people that make up only 1% of the country.

So what's the point?

What is true is that for nearly a century we've had a large wealth distribution policy in the United States. Most taxes have been paid by white people, and the amount received by blacks has been disproportionate to their population demographic.

How can we tax white people disproportionately and redistribute that money disproportionately for 100 years, and then say that the fix for today's problem is that we need to tax the white people disproportionately and redistribute that money disproportionately?

The last thing black people need is more help from the federal government

There are other problems facing blacks than the fact that their great-great-great-great grandparents may or may not have been slaves.

From what I can see, minorities are disproportionately being held in a terrible economic cycle. The unintended consequences of welfare, and the US governments drug war are two of the major culprits.

The drug war is a massive mistake, and it’s had a disproportionate effect on minorities. As Rand Paul says all the time, “White people and black people use drugs at roughly the same rate, yet black people are three times more likely to go to prison.” This is one of the major negative cycles that keep the poor economic cycle in motion.

The drug war, and the social safety net have increased the rate of fatherless children. First, the welfare system rewards single-parents. In some cases, couples even divorce so they can receive better benefits. The drug war leaves blacks three times more likely to be in prison- leading to a larger percentage of fatherless children.

Continuing the point that the black people need anything other than government help:

When we look at our society, what are the unintended consequences of raising a generation of people semi-dependent on the government? The unintended consequences might be that there is never an incentive to break the cycle, because there is rarely a dire need to break the cycle. Families raised with a safety net are less likely to break free of that safety net. I said less likely, not “they can’t/don’t ever.”

What we need is individual liberty. It sounds like a campaign slogan, but it’s a real thing.

What people of all colors actually need is for the government to cease it’s control over our economy. Control leads to regualtions that favor large companies while making it harder for new companies to survive.

What everyone needs is the freedom to create their own path in life.

People need to find ways to climb the ladder of success, and we need the government to stop removing the rungs.

This is most likely a plea for stronger support in the elections.

Why is it so obvious that you should never trust a politician, until they are offering you something? Let me offer this advice- Even if someone is offering you a new handout you still shouldn’t trust them!

Democrats know that they have to win the minority vote in the next election. This is an area in which Hilary Clinton was obviously lacking. There have been many recent movements like #walkaway that have led minorities to question their statistically unwavering support for the Democratic Party.

What if the end of racial inequality meant that we all had equal rights and equal opportunities? That surely won’t be the case if white people are paying higher taxes for something their family members may or may not have done 4-5 generations ago.

Key takeaways:

We've already got a welfare system for those in need. We can’t even prove that providing a welfare system is good for people over the long run. Actually, we’ve only got evidence to the contrary so far.

The US government does not have a history of creating great plans and services that alleviate the problems they aim to solve.