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    Will this lead to reparations?


    Bill would probe fiscal legacy of slavery in Mass.

    By Steve LeBlanc
    Associated Press Writer / October 5, 2009

    BOSTON—Massachusetts, which boasts a history of abolitionism, is considering legislation to determine how much the state and local institutions profited from the African slave trade.

    A bill before the legislature would require some of Massachusetts oldest banking, financial and insurance companies to look deep into their history -- and the histories of subsidiaries and predecessor companies -- to uncover links to the slave trade, as a condition of doing business with the state.


    Bill would probe fiscal legacy of slavery in Mass. - Boston.com
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    #24 Jersey

    If they want racism to contine - and prosper - reparations is a great way to go.
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    What a waste of effort, thought and money!!:rolleyes:
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    Only going to reopen long healed wounds...only focuses on the banking industry when it wasn't them who benefited most from the trade- it was the shipping, lumber, and manufacturing industries that did.

    And why only the black slavery- what about the white slavery that was alive and well decades before and after African slavery in Massachusetts?
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    That's the Mass. state moto, you know Maine is "vacationland". Mass is, "where to waste effort, thought and money".
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    Time to move on, cannot believe that this is all the Mass. Legislature has to do... it will accomplish nothing, and only cause more finger pointing...
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    Massahusetts congress governing the Barney State. I am so sick and tired of this crap from these fawning dopes. How about spending more time helping local business compete globally. That would be well worth the investment of time and brain power. If we punished everyone who has a connection to slavery we would have to just print more money to pay it all. These dopes need to go by voting them all gone.
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    I'm prepared to drop this, considering the state of the economy, on the condition that the righties admit that their argument, that nobody who either benefited from or was hurt by slavery still exists, therefore reparations are dumb, was in fact typical Republican crap. Incorporated businesses are people of a sort in the eyes of the law and there's lots of them who sure as hell benefited from slavery still around.

    There's no doubt in my mind that if John Hancok Insurance benefited from slavery they owe someone.
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    Brilliant, that's what we need, a class action lawsuit for people of color.... Let's just make it any color while we are at it. It's just that nonsensical.....
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    So which other clear, and unmistakable torts would you like to ban from the legal system? Tell you what, just put a copy of the Constitution up here with all the inconvenient clauses cut out.
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    So it's ok to discriminate against companies based on there past transgressions. Then on top of that, we should find a way to make reparations to a large class group. Pandoras box that does no one any good.
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    Yes.

    10 yeses.
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    Ok............
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    Punish the whole for the actions of a part...hundreds of banks eaten up over the centuries into several dozen large conglomerates and people want an entire company now to suffer for what one or two banks did...

    Utter BS.
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    The problem with the slavery talk is that it restricts the term to past tense. This line is key to the article:

    "One prime target is insurance companies that offered policies to slave owners covering their slaves".

    Okay ... fine ... the bill makes sense on some level. But slavery continues to flourish in the world and even in this country. Slavery needs a new image of being a global multi racial problem. It seems slavery's image in this country pertains to African American past. Which leaves the larger issue of current slavery out of the news front pages where it belongs. In our current economic woes slavery is more of a danger than ever. The term needs to be freed from it's old usage to get it seen in the public as a major current problem.
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    It was 150 years ago. Time to move on.
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    It was legal, so who does the compensating? The federal government. Those printing presses can knock out a couple more trillion when they are done with the current trillion.
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    can't support this either...

    but only because we're all but broke at the state and federal levels.
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    The decendents of the people in Africa who chased down, captured and then sold the salves to the white slave traders are the bastards that should pay, they hunted down their own people like animals.
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    Yes, I agree. All those bastards SHOULD have paid...but when they were ALIVE.

    I have to say I found it surprising and satisfying that members of the right & left basically agree on this issue....Kumbaya!

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