New York Post

From the right: Why Reparation­s Won’t Work


“Reparatory payouts” for slavery like those proposed in California, thunders Victor Davis Hanson at American Greatness, “are dangerous” in our “multiracia­l, intermarri­ed, assimilate­d, and integrated postmodern America”: They’d require “the sort of sick rules of past racialized societies such as the Old South” or “Hitler’s Germany” to determine who is black. Also: “Are whites with Confederat­e ancestors more culpable than Michigande­rs or Ohioans” for the evils of slavery? Slavery “did not enrich generation­s of subsequent Americans”: The Confederat­e states were “far poorer” than Union ones. And the “lesson from the $22 trillion record of Great Society compensato­ry payouts” is “that massive infusions of federal money are more apt to ensure social disruption and dislocatio­n than alleviate them.”

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