Payback time

America should pay its black citizens reparations for slavery and end the farce of affirmative action

By Charles Krauthammer   66

The American people owe a special debt to black Americans. The important word here is special. That debt does not apply to any of the other groups-women, Hispanics, gays, and so on-that have been grasping for the prestige and benefits of victimhood. The African American case is unique. There is nothing to compare with centuries of state-sponsored slavery followed by a century of state-sponsored discrimination.

Collective responsibility does not, however, mean collective guilt. This generation of Americans bears no guilt for slavery. But having benefited from the fruits of America’s past, we have an obligation to pay some of its…

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