....Are you dismissing out of hand the idea of reparations for state sanctioned slavery based on race, because of the persistence of slavery achieved by criminal means?
Reparations has a lot of issues with it, but perhaps you elaborate a bit on what one has to do with the other. Cause it kinda sounds like..."Why should I have to pay for what great granddad did when people are still doing it today..."
I take it with the same seriousness as you would, if a neighbor handed you their speeding ticket and told you to pay it. As for 'people are still doing it today', at one time there was a stigma attached and negative consequences. Today, some are indoctrinating our future generations about zero consequences for a slew 'victimless' crimes. It's about hypocrisy to me.