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We aren’t the first civilization to debate reparations. In an excerpt from an ancient Jewish scroll known as “The Scroll of Fasting,” Egyptians lodged a complaint about how the Jewish people plundered them on their way out of Egypt.
The Egyptians [once lodged a complaint against the Jews centuries after the Exodus and] said: It is written in the Torah, “Let every woman ask her neighbor jewelry or silver and gold…” [Exodus 11:2]. Now give us back what is ours! Gebiha replied: For four hundred and thirty years Israel was enslaved in your midst, six hundred thousand people [in all]: give each of them two hundred zuz per year, which totals eight million six hundred mina, and then we will return to you what is yours!
Enslavement - Black - People - Years - Slaves
The enslavement of Black people lasted 246 years conservatively. There were more than 10,000,000 slaves, and unlike the Jews from the story of the Exodus, Black people in America did not plunder their captors. Now hundreds of years later, there is a debate about whether or not reparations for American slavery are possible, appropriate, or warranted for Black Americans living today.
There is a bill that was introduced to the House in January of this year to address the issue of reparations. Bill H.R.40 is a bill that would establish a Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. The commission would examine slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies. Among other requirements, the commission would identify:
Resistance - Commission - Effects - Slavery - Black
I’m not sure what the resistance to this commission is. We’ve studied the lingering effects of slavery on white and Black people for years now. It’s pretty apparent to anyone paying attention that slavery had a dramatic impact on America. It set us on a trajectory that...
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