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Reparations and white guilt for slavery

Reparations for slavery will never happen, but there are other real options for America Let's face it, economic reparations for slavery will never happen, but there are other real options for America. As for the "Blame

Reparations for slavery will never happen, but there are other real options for America

Let’s face it, economic reparations for slavery will never happen, but there are other real options for America. As for the “Blame Game,” White people as a group should not be blamed for slavery because the living weren’t participants in the 17th century.

 But America should declare an officially sanctioned government apology because the nation benefitted from the human degradation. As far as some kind of monetary recompense, the nation would do better to provide clear access to opportunities that have never been TRULY equitable — (1) access to the resources (scholarships, grants) for higher education, (2) access to the capital resources (loans, grants) for business start-ups, (3) access to fair housing resources (home loans), (4) equal access to the best employment/jobs.
Some may argue these things have always been accessible, but a more accurate truth is, they have been available with the stumbling blocks of racism and bigotry requiring African-Americans to strive harder, often in vain on a cratered playing field that, even in 2016, does not guarantee access to the American Dream. Until America can guarantee EQUAL ACCESS under the law, true equal access to the American Dream for Black Americans will always be fleeting. Some may achieve the Dream in spite of the hindrances laid before them, while others will continue to strive just short of the mark.
 
That’s my opinion.

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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