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December 1st, 2010
09:52 PM ET

Slave Reparations?!: Join the Live Chat

A billion-dollar federal program for settling African-American discrimination claims. We'll talk to a Congressman who says it's full of fraud and amounts to what he says are slavery reparations.
We'll also check the government's numbers and speak with the head of the Black Farmers Association.
We're keeping them honest. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)


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soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Lisa in Louisville

    We're not going to play unless we get our way...real mature Mitch. It's such a shame that he doesn't care anything about the American people – just pushing his own agenda.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  2. rose

    The association of reparations to this discrimination case is just a tool of distraction. The government admits to discrimination against those individuals due to race. Any other case justice would be resolved. Only because the individuals are African American that this is an easy association to make.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Sue from Syracuse

    Emily, No surprise at all! lol

    December 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Brian

    As a white 40yr man who is a Vet. Tagging some friends 'urban' would result in a butt kicking. Yes even in the Mil'. Sir, we are not that stupid.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  5. Xavier

    I believe that the farmers cases should be heard. In light that the government has admitted to ignoring applications for loans and purposefully denied the black farmers because of their race. Just as wall street got it's bailout, these farmers should be given the government assistance needed in exchange for the agricultural farming they provide to our country.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Claudine

    No! It is compensation for denying persons the right to earn a living solely because of the color of their skin.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Still a little confused on the subject, but if people who were genuinely trying to start farming who needed the financial help and were discriminated against while trying to get that help need to have some sort of apology whether it be money or written, they were trying to help themselves and others by starting to farm.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Casey Jones - Phoenix, AZ

    Our Republican "leaders" are not leaders and are simply deceitful. What else is new. More of the same old "Party of No."

    December 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  9. Emily

    So, their promise "to work together and get along" didn't even last 24 hours!
    Is anyone else surprised?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Charles

    If you can prove that the US Government discriminated against you through the court of law, then you have a right to be compensated for that discrimination. The black farmers proved their case as well as the Native Americans who were discriminated by the BIA. This has nothing to do with reparations!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Steve Lynch

    Shame Shame Shame on Mr. King. Those farmers should be paid a.s.a.p. Fraud..ya right. You know for sure since black people are involved the Government will look at every single ap. to make sure it is legit. Slave Rep has nothing to do with this case. The Gov needs to pay up!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  12. Paula, Colorado

    I can understand the Republicans wanting to prioritize, but they should also be able to work at resolving more than one issue at a time.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  13. Casey Jones - Phoenix, AZ

    Frankly, I can't believe we're still discussing slave reparations. Didn't that boat sail years ago?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  14. Libby

    I don't understand why Mr. King feels the need to refer to the president as "Urban"? He's lived in rural and urban locations. Why the name calling? :/

    December 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  15. kaytee

    Slavery reparations has nothing to do with black farmers being discriminated against! This happened in 1980 for goodness sakes!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  16. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    This country needs to stop dwelling on slavery. It is the 21st century for God's sake!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Bloggers,
    I agree all of you, We need to save money for black people on the farm, Good point there, guys.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  18. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Give the Black farmers what is upright due to them in helping keep America fed!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  19. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    I agree with your guest. Mr. King needs to stop the rhetoric, using the word "slavery" as the reason for reparations. This has to do with USDA and the farmers during that 16 year period.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  20. Nina

    If the farmers have the proof, then "restitution would be the appropriate procedure.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Heather – Spokane, WA, "Kind of confused...how can they tell who was discriminated against and who was not?"

    In most cases they can't. Every black who claims he/she was discriminated against could potentially get paid.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Sue R. Canton MI.

    @ Steve, Re:" I don't see how you make theleap from compensation for fraud to reparations for slavery." I'm with you ,,I'm missing something here also.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  23. Libby

    Why can't they just determine which farmers who were landowners during the period in question are qualified, and those who file bogus claims are tossed?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  24. Kebi

    What is wrong with slave reparation? This country needs to come to term with its past mistakes.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  25. Kevin Smith-Poole

    I understand that discrimination took place during those years. But there was a deadline and giving restitution to people who "attepmted" to farm is crazy!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  26. Sue from Syracuse

    Ok.. so even this person calls it "restitution" – same thing "reparation".

    December 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  27. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    If they can prove discrimination that is one thing, but in general I am totally against paying reparations, it is a slippery slope.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  28. Karen, MN

    Hi Anderson and bloggers:)

    December 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  29. Nina

    Good Evening Anderson Cooper, Team 360 and other bloggers.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  30. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Kind of confused...how can they tell who was discriminated against and who was not?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  31. Kenya

    Still trying to understand this fraud he's talking about..

    December 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  32. Sue from Syracuse

    "... or who attempted to farm..." - that is reparation!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  33. Ron

    hello everyone

    December 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  34. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, 360°Team, Jo Ann, David, Megan, Nancy, Nicole, Gloria, Casey, Starr, & Bloggers!

    Something does sound correct with these "Slavery Reparations".

    December 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Sue from Syracuse

    Got to agree. It does look like reparation. 😦

    December 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree with his comment, My money will be wasted all time to spend...... Whoa! 150 million dollars to spend????? Yikes!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Chi

    Evening AC and AC360 🙂

    December 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Sue from Syracuse

    I do not support reparations. I had nothing to do with it. I can honestly say that I have done all I can to build bridges and make friends with people of all colors and creeds.
    If it ever comes to being, those who inherited wealth from the times of segregation can pay for it.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Sue from Syracuse

    Hello Anderson and friends at AC360!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Jennifer from Williamsport PA

    Hello everyone, good to see you here!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  41. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Susan, Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, (Danie), Lori, (Adelaide), Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha, others and my friend Facebook Bloggers!!!!

    Happy Wednesday night!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Libby

    Greetings from Anchorage 360 bloggers! :0)

    December 1, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Kevin Smith-Poole

    Hello Anderson! Hey Everyone!!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  44. Lori

    Hello Anderson! Hello Everyone. A very busy week!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good evening everyone.
    Looking forward to the show tonight.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Steve

    I don't see how you make the leap from compensation for fraud to reparations for slavery. Am I missing something?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Good evening everyone!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! It's great to see you back from the border. Sounds like an interesting program tonight.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone

    December 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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