Re: The Associated Press’ June 20 story, “Mayors commit to reparations projects”:
I would hope much thought and little politics goes into the ultimate plan adopted. Certainly, many following generations of descendants of American slaves have been economically negatively affected. Giving cash handouts as has been done with other reparations (i.e., Japanese) is not the solution here as cash will rapidly disappear and may not be used for the best benefit.
First of all, reparations should be limited to true descendants of slaves as many African Americans came to the United States from other countries after slavery ended. Documenting this may be difficult but best efforts should be made.
Reparations should be in the form of benefits that will benefit current descendants and future generations such as free or reduced tuition, subsidized or guaranteed housing or small business loans, medical care and insurance, medicines, free child care, and help with job search and retraining, among others.
These things will benefit the current generation, help develop economic wealth that will be passed on to future generations.
A cash payout will work about as well as welfare has.
Jeffrey Richardson, Ventura