Black People : Reparations could prevent the next Ferguson

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  1. Kadijah

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    Countries can only move forward once they have come to terms with their past
    By Belinda Cooper, The Weekly Wonk | September 2, 2014
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    When it comes to making amends for past wrongs, America still has a long way to go. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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    Watching the events unfold in Ferguson, Missouri, I couldn't help thinking about the Holocaust and post-war Germany. As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, I've spent years watching Germany wrestle with its dark past. It's just one of many places that have made efforts to understand and compensate for a difficult history: For nearly three decades, countries as varied as South Africa, Rwanda, and the nations of Latin America and post-Communist Eastern Europe have been engaged in this process, often called "transitional justice." That's a broad term for the ways in which societies deal with the legacies of past injustice. Many believe that countries can only move forward once they have come to terms with their past in this way.

    We're accustomed to looking abroad for examples of such processes. But maybe — especially in light of racial tensions once again revealed in Ferguson — it's time for us to begin thinking about what "transitional justice" could mean for the U.S. Like many nations, Americans are reluctant to see ourselves in the same light as human rights abusers elsewhere. And yet our history includes a number of glaring atrocities, including the genocide of Native Americans and slavery and its aftermath. But the United States lags behind other societies in its efforts to confront and make amends for that legacy.

    What, exactly would that entail? Justice means more than putting perpetrators on trial. The transitional justice process also encompasses methods focused on the victims and the wider society, such as truthseeking, memorialization, education, institutional change, and material compensation — that is, actions that seek not only to punish, but to encourage a shared historical understanding, begin to repair the damage done, and ensure that it can't happen again.

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    does this depend on white americans accepting accountability?
     
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    Why do you ask?
     
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    any plan that depends on the good of white people will fail......
     
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    I think it would create more Ferguson's. white people will be pissed off and act a fool. look what happened after Barack won. white folks have been going crazy.
     
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    So what? Whites are going to and have ALWAYS gone off on us for some petty/evil/whateva reason or other. Might as well be for going to bank as to the morgue.
     
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    Reparations is not good (will?). Reparations is a political act.
     
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    hmmm im really not sure on this in terms of reperations preventin another ferguson - just seems to me with say the germans the reperations came after, a long time after the event... but here we have the event still goin on - i dont know enough world history to know but is there a case anywhere where payin reperations was the cause of the end of the thing people were payin the reperations for? im not against reperations at all - just not quite sure how it would stop somethin like ferguson happenin again
     
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    Folks need to let reparation go. I can not stand the thought of us asking the government to give us anythang. They don't care, you can't make them care......get over it. If they ain't gave us the money by now...we ain't gone get it. Everybody else got it but us. Stop begging, because that is what it has become. Do they owe us....absolutely, but how can you beg the same system that you fight against? Have some pride. I'm sick of hearing about it. Instead of begging folks for something that they ain't gone give you, open a business. Open a soup kitchen. Get a degree where you can help people in your neighborhood, or us in general. Open a cafe where people can express themselves, tutor kids and adults. There are a plethora of things that we can do as a people other than beg folks for some dam money. What are we doing as a whole with the wealth we have now? What makes people think extra money gone help us get right?
     
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    Why would reparations prevent another Ferguson? So they give us some money and some land. Then pull another King/Garner/Ford/Crawford/Brown/Martin what will happen then. Would reparations prevent you from being angry and protesting. Or are you under the impression that if they give us reparations their mind set towards us will change?
     
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