“Slavery was an ugly, dirty business but people of virtually every race, color, and creed engaged in it on every inhabited continent. And the people they enslaved were also of virtually every race, color, and creed.”
– Thomas Sowell
As Congress holds hearings on the possibility of reparations for African-Americans whose ancestors were slaves, the lines are being drawn regarding what is appearing to be a major 2020 election issue. It isn’t just the Democratic candidates for president who are talking reparations. It’s Democrats preparing for their Capitol Hill races, whether current or future candidates.
Reparations are a pay-for-vote issue. This is only barely disputed by mainstream media who have tried to frame it as, “Yes, it’s an election ploy but that doesn’t make it wrong.”
Yes, it’s wrong. Today’s Americans are neither complicit nor affected by the sins of the past. We’re not talking about the oppression of parents or grandparents. We’re talking about generations past who no longer hold sway on the opportunities of African-Americans today. As Burgess Owens testified yesterday, there are plenty of people who have held back African-Americans, and most of them are Democrats.
Thomas Sowell’s quote acts as a reminder that slavery is not unique to white Americans or African-Americans of the distant past. It’s a stain on humanity as a whole. Reparations are not the solution. The solution can be seen today in the elevated prosperity and opportunity of those whose ancestors fought to give them. If anything, reparations are an insult to those who sacrificed so much for the free land we have today.
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