For those who hold capital punishment is just based on retribution, it seems to suggest that logically speaking, you should also be for reparations for black people. Let me show how:
Retribution is basically stating that there is some sort of injustice that happened with a murder and to “balance the scales of justice” we must kill the murderer in order to make things fair. It’s the principle that matters: an injustice happened, thus there needs to be some sort of compensation for that injustice.
Ok, but if we follow this logic, wouldn’t this entail that reparations for black people should happen? After all, there was some sort of injustice, and in order to “balance the scales of justice” we must give reparations to blacks in order to make things fair. We did this with the Japanese in the 1980s for accidentally imprisoning them during WWII. But imprisoning them for a decade seems small compared to the centuries of slavery toward the blacks. Indeed, they were constitutionally non-persons.
So let’s follow reason on this: if one believes that capital punishment is ok because of some injustice, wouldn’t that same logic apply to any sort of injustice? This would also include reparations.