Re: Not all African Americans get free college tuition
Here is some food for thought:
Most people think laws are there to codify mores already present in society - kind of a 'mirror' on public opinion as it were. Laws, though, can also shape society's opinions, too, though, and this point is often missed.
For example, during the women's suffrage movement, most of the women of the time actually sided with the men. Several prominent women even wrote into newspapers arguing specifically that women couldn't properly exercise the right to vote. Opinions didn't change instantly when the law was passed allowing women the right to vote, of course, so in this case, the law led the way and society slowly came to conform to the law. Now, fifty years later it is difficult to conceive of women NOT voting.
So, following that principle, why not create laws to rectify old wrongs? The idea of such laws would have very little to do with the compensation for the Chinese, even though they would likely be one of the first groups compensated under the law. It would be enacted more to encourage the societal notion that compensation is NATURALLY due when a group is wronged, so that future groups won't have to fight to get compensation from the descendents of the offenders, but can get it from the offenders themselves. That can only happen when this notion of 'just compensation for a wrong' becomes so commonplace that it is ingrained ... just like voting for women.