Black guy against reparations, here.
People being enslaved by other people is just part of mankinds uncivilized history. That doesn't mean that slavery was OK, obviously, but since most groups can trace back some ancestor being enslaved by some other group, African American slavery wasn't that big a deal in the whole picture. Hell, the holocaust of Native American Indians on this continent was far worse than black slavery in America, IMO.
Black America needs to get its house in order. The 70% child illegitamacy rate is of far greater concern to the progress of black people than a great, great, great grandmother's slave lineage. Black people who work hard and do the right thing succeed just as much as anyone else (unless you want to be a college or pro football head coach ). "The man" is no longer keeping anyone down, in fact the laws on the book do much more to protect the rights of minorities more than anything. The black middle class keeps growing, and as more black kids go to college and make something of themselves, or more blacks open their own buissnesses, etc., economic empowerment follows. Obviously, blacks overall still lag behind, but as has already been said, reparations isn't the answer.
How would the reparations be distributed, anyway? The more of a full blooded negro you are, the more money you get? Does a person who is 1/64th black qualify? If not, why shouldn't they? And if the money is coming from the government, won't I be partially paying for it anyway, or will there be a "reparations exemption" open only to African American tax filers? Will asians and hispanics have to shoulder some of the burden (maybe even american indians )? If I were mulatto, do I pay and collect reparations? Obviously, it would be a logistical nightmare.
As far as the "blacks are better here than in Africa" comment, while this is certainly true, remember whites would have been worse of if they could not have exploited Africa, as well. Africa would have been better off without the colonialist involvement, and Europe worse off without African markets and resources. It's not like Africans were happily waiting to have their land pillaged by outsiders, they had their own societies going, as well .