If it makes you feel better, I'm for slavery reparations too.
Reparations?!?! What do you expect that to solve? You think a pile of money will erase the history of slavery? You think reparations will give people back their roots and ancestry? You think money will put a minority class of people above or on level with their major counterparts?
Change must start within. A fool with a little money is a fool with a lot of money. If any group of people who have been unjustly treated in the past can't gather themselves up first, as individuals, they will never reap the same benefits.
That is why you had woman power movements and the black power movements. These were necessary to reverse the brain washing that has been set in society over the years. I'm sorry if you think money is always the answer, but it simply isn't.
We can't change the past, we just have to deal with it and accept it. The bottom line is that white people had decades of experience in the US before black people were even able to do anything. Simply having money will not change that, you have to be taught HOW to spend and invest that money.
When a person receives a "handout", they are still attached to the giver. Once you learn to be an entrepreneur, you are no longer attached and dependent on society to "look out for you". It's the whole "give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish, you feed him for a life time".
This is why Tyler Perry is successful. He realized that black people are not getting fair representation in movies and in plays, so he capitalized on that as an opportunity to change that. As a result, more black films are released.
You have a choice. You can be reactive and hope that someone will throw you a bone. Or, you can be proactive and just go out and get it yourself. Relying on affirmative action to make you successful is reactive. What if Republicans are successful at removing it? Now what? While AA is nice in theory and I have no opposition in it as a first step towards success, at the end of the day, it is not the solution. Furthermore, the "good intent" does not remove its discriminatory roots.