Not for slavery, but for a race riot
:It's time for North Carolina to make reparations for an 1898 Wilmington race riot that killed an unknown number of black residents and disenfranchised the city's black community for generations, a state commission said today.
The 13-member commission studied the events of November 1898, and their aftermath, for six years. The group released its final report today, saying that the riot was a conspiracy plotted by white supremacist Democrats -- and supported by newspapers, including The News & Observer -- to drive blacks out of power. The committee also made a host of recommendations that would help compensate black.
Members said that, if nothing else, they want the riot to become part of the state's history curriculum.
I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be part of the history lesson, but I am curious about what other reparations are proposed. Let's remember, it's unlikely that anybody alive today lived through this incident. Indeed, I suspect few grandchildren of those involved are even alive today.