Mary Grabar, Resident Fellow of the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI), has published a timely essay on the question of whether reparations should be paid for slavery. On June 19 the House of Representative’s Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties will hold hearings on the issue.
In her essay Dr. Grabar argues that reparations in attempting to remedy one injustice creates others. In examining the history of slavery, she points out that the overwhelming majority of slaves brought to the Americas were sold to Europeans by African traders of various ethnicities. She also discusses the little-known fact that the antebellum South contained several thousand slaveholders of African descent, some of whom were prosperous planters.
Mary Grabar, Ph.D., taught college English for 20 years. She founded the Dissident Prof Education Project, Inc., a 501(c)(3) education reform initiative. The motto, “Resisting the Re-Education of America,” arose in part from her perspective as a very young immigrant from the former Communist Yugoslavia (Slovenia specifically). Her writing can be found at www.marygrabar.com.