Originally Posted by lunasmom
Besides again they're crying about retribution for something that happened WAY before their time and our time. What about the Japanese that we put through concentration camps during WWII? Why aren't they asking for retribution?
They are here in Canada, at least. Or rather, I'm not sure that they're specifically asking
for it, but they've been given an official policy and I think
financial compensation -- but only to those who can definitively prove they were put in concentration camps.
I think there's a big difference between reparations and social services. Reparations are an acknowledgement of a wrong committed by one people against another people. I feel, personally, that if no one alive was either victim or "victor," reparations serve no real purpose; in the case of the Japanese-Canadians/Japanese-Americans, a great many are still alive and suffered through the concentration camps, and therefore reparations are in order. I can only speak for my own opinions, of course, and I come from a completely unoppressed, white, middle-class, somewhat priviledged background. I don't know what it's like to know my ancestors were once slaves. My land was never wrongfully taken by lying settlers. I don't experience prejudice on a daily basis. So, perhaps, my opinions in this matter are somewhat ... uneducated.
Social services, however, are not the same things, and as nice as it would be to think that reparation money is going towards social service projects, I'm not sure that it this is necessarily the case. I strongly believe that assistance should be offered to those who need it. What kind of people are we, that we can't even help those in our own country, our own province/state, our own city? I don't believe in the "free lunch" concept, but if you're a single mother trying to struggle your way through work and school and still support your kids, you deserve help. If you're willing, in any way, to try and improve your situation, I think the means should be given to you. If you just intent to waste the money away and not work for it, perhaps you're not as desperately off as you claim to be. (I say this as someone who has
been on social service programs and knows how vital they are.)