Could President Donald Trump Grant African-Americans Reparations For Slavery – And Make The Europeans Pay For It? And could this prove to be one of his biggest job creators?
While it’s recognised that the United States Treasury has insufficient funds with which to pay African-Americans the trillions of dollars they are owed in legal damages for the atrocities they endured during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, there is little to prevent the incoming Trump Administration from providing such reparations as are due in the form of a tax exemption for all African-American slave descendants for a period of 40 years or so – and redress any budget deficit through the imposition of a tariff on US imports from every nation that was a party to this barbarous human traffic (such as France, Portugal, Britain, Spain, the Netherlands and others).
Such an innovative reparatory measure – let’s call it the ‘U.S. Redemption Act’ and term any multilateral pact with the aforementioned countries the ‘Atlantic Redemption Agreement’ – could become the Trump Administration’s legislative successor to President Ronald Reagan’s commendable Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (which granted an official apology along with reparations payments to the Japanese-American victims of WWII-era internment) and would likely encounter far less resistance than previous compensatory proposals which envisaged hefty cheque awards to slavery’s plaintiffs.
Furthermore, this revolutionary endeavour could potentially boost economic growth by providing African-Americans with additional disposable income that would likely be ploughed back into the U.S. economy through the purchase of domestic-made goods, thus fuelling America’s manufacturing sector and helping to create new American jobs – a key Trump campaign promise. In this way reparations for slavery could end up making as significant a contribution to the growth of the U.S. economy as that made by slave labour itself.
The ‘Redemption Act’ and its associated ‘Atlantic Agreement’ would represent significant gestures of atonement for the horrors inflicted by the trade in African slaves and would likely do more to bridge America’s racial divides than anything hitherto undertaken since the Republic’s founding. And, for his efforts, President Trump could earn recognition as the most significant occupant of the White House since Abraham Lincoln.
And what could be a more fitting event at which to announce this historic initiative than on the occasion of President Trump’s 2017 inauguration?