Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell provided a strong response to Democrats’ latest reparations proposal, one in which the government would study “appropriate remedies” for the descendants of slaves, according to The Blaze.
“We tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a Civil War, by passing landmark civil rights legislation, elected an African American president,” McConnell said prior to a congressional hearing on reparations, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.
“I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, it would be hard to figure out whom to compensate.”
That comment alone was enough for Whoopi Goldberg, who criticized McConnell on “The View” Thursday.
“You know, Mitch, you said that you would make [Obama] a one-term president,” Goldberg said, “and you did everything you could to not help him in the first four years. Maybe you should pay reparations for that.”
Goldberg followed up, claiming racism is still prevalent in the United States today and that centuries of wealth generated by black American slaves were stolen.
It may have been a mistake on Goldberg’s part to bring former President Barack Obama into the discussion, as the 44th president was never a big fan of reparations.
In a 2016 interview with The Atlantic, Obama told far-left author Ta-Nehisi Coates that the concept just isn’t practical.
“And what makes America complicated as well is the degree to which this is not just a black/white society, and it is becoming less so every year,” Obama told Coates.
“So how do Latinos feel if there’s a big investment just in the African American community, and they’re looking around and saying, ‘We’re poor as well. What kind of help are we getting?’ Or Asian Americans who say, ‘Look, I’m a first-generation immigrant, and clearly, I didn’t have anything to do with what was taking place.’”
In a rare moment of clarity, Obama was absolutely correct. There are too many variables in paying reparations that would upset far too many people.
For example, would we pay reparations on the basis of ancestry or race? Would white Americans who are descendants of slaves be eligible for reparations? Or does non-black people collecting reparations checks defeat the purpose of reparations?
It would be a confusing, convoluted mess to say the least.
This is exactly why legislation should never be based on a foundation as shallow and feeble as the color of people’s skin. We all carry the same red blood underneath and legislation that makes its way through Congress should reflect that fact.
Radio show host Larry Elder brought up an interesting point about reparations on Twitter, saying, “Does anyone really believe that if #reparations were paid, the race card grievance hustlers would call it a day?”
He attached a picture of Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson to this tweet.
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) June 21, 2019
“Not only would they not call it a day, they and their organizations would probably end up with all the money robbed from their fellow citizens,” one person on Twitter said in response to Elder.
Nothing will ever truly heal the wounds of what some African-Americans endured during the slavery days. It’s up to those who are furthering the victim mentality to put the past in the past and enjoy the freedoms America offers today — to everyone, regardless of race.
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