You obviously have a good heart and I know you are coming at this from the right place. I assume from your post that you think we should give these reparations to these farmers. The problem is that it won’t go to the ones that actually got hurt. I’m quite sure that blacks have been denied medical care at times as well right? Do you give free medical care to all black people because some were discriminated against in the past? It’s the same logic and once it starts there is no end to it.
All I am saying is that I am comfortable knowing that this issue has far more potential answers than "all is fair now so all we can do is move forward." Sure, personally, as a financially comfortable white guy that absolutely sounds best to me. But, I don't feel like my life experience gives me the ideal model from which to be the arbiter of what is best for this issue. All I am saying is we should at a minimum listen to other ideas from people with other experiences and not immediately strike them down because we already know what is best. Respect will go a long way.
And, well, I work at the VA so yes I give free medical care to blacks. But, more importantly, I have realized through education and self-reflection that I have (and to some extent still do) treat black patients differently than white patients. Not on purpose, I am not a racist by the definition that people on this board use. But, going by the definition that many black people use, I probably am because our experience makes us that way. We can all improve at this, including me. Step one is trying to understanding the thoughts of others even if at first you vehemently disagree. Which unfortunately on this board is instead often met with ridicule and verbal beat-down. Thanks for not doing that.
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