Thursday, June 12, 2014

Reparations: two 50-word stories

Reparations: Logistics

Forty acres and a mule were promised, but freed slaves only won the freedom to sell their sweat themselves. Eight score and ten years later, the US promised all African-Americans would be paid reparations.

The next day, all white Americans amended their census forms from white to black.

Reparations: Consequences

When white Americans amended their race on the census, a new announcement came. Reparations would be based on the race on the previous census. Even descendants of black slaveowners would be paid. The two-thirds of the poor who were white would not.

The next day, the race war began.