The term "slave reparations" does not address crimes, lynchings, voter suppression, or housing and employment discrimination committed by Democratic party controlled states, county, and municipal governments in the Jim Crow South, the so-called segregation era, between 1865 and 1965.
- The reparations will not be paid to slaves.
- The bill makes no consideration for descendants of immigrants after 1865.
- The bill does not differentiate between African American freedman and slaves.
- The bill makes no consideration for descendants of Union soldiers who fought or died to free slaves.
- The bill makes no consideration for people of mixed race.
- The bill essentially is a vote buying scheme, funded by taxpayers, to purchase votes for the Democratic party.
- The bill seeks to punish residents of non-slave states.
- The bill seeks to punish and tax people of states that never had Jim Crow laws after slavery was terminated.
Economist Walter E. Williams observed in 2017, "The most damage done to black Americans is inflicted by those politicians, civil rights leaders and academics who assert that every problem confronting blacks is a result of a legacy of slavery and discrimination. That's a vision that guarantees perpetuity for the problems." Williams notes that,
"According to the 1938 Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, that year 11 percent of black children were born to unwed mothers. Today about 75 percent of black children are born to unwed mothers. Is that supposed to be a delayed response to the legacy of slavery? The bottom line is that the black family was stronger the first 100 years after slavery than during what will be the second 100 years.
At one time, almost all black families were poor, regardless of whether one or both parents were present. Today roughly 30 percent of blacks are poor. However, two-parent black families are rarely poor. Only 8 percent of black married-couple families live in poverty. Among black families in which both the husband and wife work full time, the poverty rate is under 5 percent. Poverty in black families headed by single women is 37 percent. The undeniable truth is that neither slavery nor Jim Crow nor the harshest racism has decimated the black family the way the welfare state has."