An interesting twist on reparations

The news that Lehman Bros. is seeking federal help to save itself has dredged up the firm’s history. According to Wikipedia, it began as a dry goods store in Alabama that took cotton for payment; then became a cotton broker in 1850–the year of the Compromise of 1850 that created the Fugitive Slave Act.

By way of context, a large proportion of African-Americans in slavery were brought illegally in the decade of the 1850s because of the increased demand for cotton after the advent of the cotton gin.

A number of cities have passed slavery disclosure ordinances, particularly for financial firms, including Chicago, which forced Lehman to file an affidavit that the three founders of the company owned slaves directly, in 2003.

As conservatives refuse to even discuss reparations for slavery, they are working on the weekends to give taxpayer assistance to a company which got its start benefiting from bondage.

Thomas Jefferson may have  been prescient when he shuddered to think that there was a just God.


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