all of my adult male [at the time] ancestors [who were in America] fought in the Union Army to end slavery. Is not their sacrifice and risk of life and limb worth these reparations that should have been paid by seizing land in the South [not the North] after the war?
next case -- what do you do about persons of mixed race? do they take the reparations out of pocket a and put them in pocket b? or do they receive one half share for being one half black but pay one half tax for being one half white?
next we have the case of native Americans. they weren't enslaved [much] -- merely murdered. do they get triple reparations for that? and from whom?
what about people whose entire ancestry came to America after 1960 [or other arbitrary date]? are they exempt from both the tax and the reparations?
and then you have the case of one of my friends -- he's 1/4th black, 1/4th Irish [another discriminated against minority], 1/4th American Indian, and 1/4 native Hawaiian. does he pay or receive? in what proportions?
the whole idea is impractical. the issue with black Americans isn't that, on average, they are less successful, etc. [since middle class and well to do black Americans are just as successful as their white counterparts] -- it is that the rural and ghetto subcultures that many Black American live in do NOT support them in successfully becoming middle class or well to do.
by contrast, serving in the military does support making that change.