The point being that arguing that Africans sold into slavery are better off than those that stayed in Africa is a flawed argument because the slave trade and European expansion can be tracked back as the roots of many problems in modern Africa.
So... people who were sold into slavery aren't better off... because... there was slavery...
can you rephrase or something?
The Mr Mxyptlk said:
It seems that the decendants of the orignal slaves are living a far better quality of life in America than they would have if their ancestors had stayed slaves in Africa.
The slave trade was an American/European joint industry, where rival tribes sold their oppenents to the white men, thus throwing the governing system of Africa into turmoil.
The assertion that the decendants of American slaves are better off than those left behind in Africa is flawed, because both sides of the slave trade were destroyed as a result of the American/European venture. Africa today would not be messed up if the American/European slave trade (as well as European colonization) hadn't happened.
(BTW, The assertion that the Africans made slaves in America's only other choice was to be slaves in Africa seems a bit mixed up, so I'm ignoring it. Though Africa did have slaves, it was a different system than the one in the States, and it generally doesn't exist today either.)
Which, if you bring it to it's logical conclusion, means that if you take reparations seriously you have to include the European cultures that profited from African exploitation as well as the United States. Which means that every descendant from the time of European expansion is due reparations.
...which is silly, and why governments can't be held responsible.
I see no reason why any company or corporation that profited from slavery shouldn't have to pay a penalty for it. In theory, the granting of personhood to a corporation means that the entity known as a corporation bears personal responsibility for their transgressions.
The logical problem? Well, the laws favored the corporations back then, just as they do now. Since government didn't just allow the atrocity of slavery to occur, but actually wrote their laws to help the industry, there is a responsibility there.
Another reason to get rid of corporations, if you ask me.
Ultimately, reparations is an idea that has no boundary lines once it moves from the actual victim to their descendants. Therefore it's a foolish idea.