At least one court victory

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    because you KNOW that every Native American Tribe was licking its chops to see that one go through:banana:
     
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    dont you know it, they would have been able to BUY the USA!!! and then kick all of us out...
     
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    who's "US" kemosabe? me, part cherokee. :dance:
     
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    be gentle then...OK?:)
     
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    Indeed, to decide in favor of such a case would simply be visiting the sins of the fathers upon the children. It would serve no purpose.
     
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    It would be far worse than holding the children accountable. It would be forcing a penalty on people who had absolutely nothing to do with slavery. Children who inherit ill-gotten fortunes are one thing - but the employees, investors and customers today come from all over the world.

    The other thing that really, really, really chaps my hide on this issue is that slavery is a practise that existed long before the U.S. was formed, and is still practised in many parts of the world today. The U.S. paid an enormous price to end slavery. The focus now would be better spent on trying to eliminate slavery worldwide.

    A must read on the topic:

    There are more slaves today than were seized from Africa in four centuries of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The modern commerce in humans rivals illegal drug trafficking in its global reach—and in the destruction of lives. (more)

    http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0309/feature1/
     
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    I swear it's like I wrote this myself...have you hacked into my computer? (Just kidding)

    But I do agree with your points. I'd only add that whilst these companies perhaps profited by slavery, IT WAS LEGAL AT THE TIME. Even today when certain laws are made or punishments changed, no one is forced to pay the penalty for such changes. To penalize a company or individual for acts which, at the time they were taken, were legal is wrong- morally and legally.
     
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    Exactly. It is Unconstitutional to punish anyone for a law enacted after they committed an act.

    (Maybe I did hack into your computer! :eek: )
     
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    I'm pretty much against reparations for slavery. No one is a live now that went through it and their descendants should not get money from people living today who had nothing to do with slavery (and, in some cases, their relative might not have either if they hadn't come to this country until slavery was abolished or if they were against slavery).
     

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