Matter of public record that my great-great grandfather owned 12 slaves at one time. As far as I'm concerned, that would remain between him and them. Their dead and so is he. I feel no compunction to apologize to anyone and each April 15th., I feel I am paying "reparations".
Handgun surcharge urged for research
Paralyzed patients, advocates make plea
By Suzanne Smalley, Globe Staff | March 15, 2007
MacArthur Williams was shot in Roxbury as he changed a tire on his Hyundai so he could go to work the next day. The man who shot him on that September night in 1989 was looking for revenge in a gang dispute, Williams said.
The gunshot paralyzed Williams, now a father of four living in Dorchester. Yesterday, he was among advocates and paralysis patients who urged state legislators to impose a $25 surcharge on all handgun purchases in Massachusetts to fund spinal cord injury research, so that one day he might walk again.
"It's a privilege to own a gun," Williams said in an interview yesterday. "The surcharge, if you know it's going toward research for a problem caused by gun violence, most people wouldn't have a problem."
A man paralyzed in a motorcycle accident while serving as a Boston police cadet in 1995 and other advocates also appeared in their wheelchairs before the Legislature's Joint Committee on Health Care Financing to emphasize how critical it is to raise more money for spinal cord research.
I say let's go ahead an pay reparations.<br>
Just as soon as anyone applying for reparations can prove they were actually a slave.<br>
And we'll bill their masters.<br>
But, we need to deduct the Union's cost of the Civil War that freed them.