The Democrats are about to take over the House of Representatives and when they do we will find that 2019 will become the year of extremism as the Democrats won’t be circumspect this time like they have in the past. And first up is apparently a drive to force the federal government to “pay” black people for slave reparations.
The last time the Democrats held Congress they worried over going too far left. They worried about losing the American people. And because of this they pulled back from the communist edge and kept their most extreme members under wraps. But this time, that won’t be the case. Their electorate is now nothing short of fascist, so expect 2019 to bring an unleashed Democrat Party.
We are going to see anti-gun bills, pro-abortion bills, anti-business bills, and every manner of extreme far left idea.
And apparently one of the first up will be slavery reparations.
Per PJ Media, whackjob Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) is pushing a slave reparations bill:
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) told PJM that the federal government should conduct a study of reparations for descendants of slaves to be able to determine the best way to “repair some of the damage” that slavery has caused to the African-American community.
Jackson Lee became the lead sponsor of H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, after Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) resigned from Congress.
The legislation seeks to “address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.”
Sorry, but, no.
There are NO blacks in America today who were a subject of, or even affected by, slavery. It died 150 years ago. Indeed, if you even believe his story, the last person who was enslaved in America died in 1971 (his name was Sylvester Magee, but his story is not universally believed).
So, there is no one left to pay such reparations to!
The USA does not owe blacks anything at all over slavery. The USA paid for slavery with the blood of over 600,000 men and women from 1860 to 1865. That is a debt paid in full. The rest has just been working out the details.
Further, there is no “inequality” for black people in America today. Is there racism? Sure. There will always be some level of it. It is the human condition and money from the US treasury will no more ameliorate it than it can eliminate it.
The idea that there is intentional and unintentional persistent pattern of inequality in America today is race baiting nonsense. There is no such pattern that persists to the extent that it holds blacks as a group back in America. In fact, if such a pattern exists it exists ONLY in the black community itself as opposed to the nation at large. Blacks are the only people holding blacks back.
So, no. There is no need for slave reparations. That time is long past. For the left to continue to push this garbage is just damaging to the country.
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