I think the idea of reparations is insane – Let me tell you why

Francis Xavier Felix (Handsome devil, isn’t he.)

 

During the U.S. Civil War, my great grandfather, Francis Xavier Felix, was so opposed to slavery that he voluntarily joined the Union Army* to help free the slaves, and was injured during his service. Francis never owned any slaves. So why should my tax dollars go to reparations?

As to my great grandparents on my mother’s side, they emigrated from Ireland and Scotland to Canada in the mid 1800s, I assume as a result of the great famine. They never owned any slaves. And they didn’t emigrate to the United States until the early 1900s, long after the Civil War.  So why should my tax dollars go to reparations?

In the same vein, my wife’s great grandparents emigrated from Scotland and Scandinavia to the U.S. and settled in Minnesota in the late 1800s, again, after the Civil War.

In other words, absolutely none of my forebears, nor my wife’s, ever owned any slaves. So why should our tax dollars to reparations?

I think the idea of my tax dollars for reparations is insane.

What about you? When did your ancestors come to the United States?

If your forebears arrived here after the Civil War, why should your tax dollars go to reparations?

Isn’t it just a little tad racist to be charging us for something that none of our ancestors had absolutely no party to?

  • Just for the record, Francis Xavier Felix enlisted in the Civil War from Worcester, Vermont and was a Wagoner in Company J, 11th Regiment, Vermont Volunteer Infantry or 1st H.A. He was mustered into service on 1 Sep 1862 under Capt. Robinson Templeton and assigned to Vermont Brigade 2, Division 6 Corps of Washington D.C. The regiment was under the command of Col. James M Warner.

About a year-and-a- half later, around February 1864, Francis was injured in a fall from a load of hay that he was moving from Washington D.C. to Fort Bunker Hill. It is not known if he participated on any of the battles in which his company fought, namely: Spotsylvania, Virginia, 15-18 May 1864; Cold Harbor, Virginia, 1-12 June 1864; Weldon Railroad, Virginia, 23 June 1864, and Opequam, West Virginia, 21 August 1864. At some point he lost the use of his arm and was sent to Howard Hospital, Washington D.C. for two months and was then sent to the Slan General Hospital in Montpelier, Vermont. He was discharged from there on 1 Jan 1865. His injury caused paralysis and atrophy of his right arm.

As a final question, if my great grandfather was injured during the Civil Was while trying to free the slaves, am I not owed reparations myself? (In case you missed it, that’s meant to be sarcasm.)

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April 2, 2021 at 03:35PM

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