21 Apr 2015

Now Obama Thinks We Should Pay Blacks “Reparations” For Slavery

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obamaopposes offering reparations to the descendants of slaves, putting him at odds with some black groups and leaders.
The man with a serious chance to become the nation's first black president argues that government should instead combat the legacy of slavery by improving schools, health care and the economy for all.
"I have said in the past — and I'll repeat again — that the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed," the Illinois Democrat said recently.
Some two dozen members of Congress are co-sponsors of legislation to create a commission that would study reparations — that is, payments and programs to make up for the damage done by slavery.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People supports the legislation, too. Cities around the country, including Obama's home of Chicago, have endorsed the idea, and so has a major union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Obama has worked to be seen as someone who will bring people together, not divide them into various interest groups with checklists of demands. Supporting reparations could undermine that image and make him appear to be pandering to black voters.
"Let's not be naive. Sen. Obama is running for president of the United States, and so he is in a constant battle to save his political life," said Kibibi Tyehimba, co-chair of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America. "In light of the demographics of this country, I don't think it's realistic to expect him to do anything other than what he's done."
But this is not a position Obama adopted just for the presidential campaign. He voiced the same concerns about reparations during his successful run for the Senate in 2004.
There's enough flexibility in the term "reparations" that Obama can oppose them and still have plenty of common ground with supporters.
The NAACP says reparations could take the form of government programs to help struggling people of all races. Efforts to improve schools in the inner city could also aid students in the mountains of West Virginia, said Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP's Washington bureau.
"The solution could be broad and sweeping," Shelton said.
The National Urban League — a group Obama addressed Saturday without mentioning the issue in his speech — avoids the word "reparations" as too vague and highly charged. But the group advocates government action to close the gaps between white America and black America.
Urban League President Marc Morial said he expects his members to press Obama on how he intends to close those gaps and what action he would take in the first 100 days of his presidency.
"What steps should we take as a nation to alleviate the effects of racial exclusion and racial discrimination?" Morial asked.
The House voted this week to apologize for slavery. The resolution, which was approved on a voice vote, does not mention reparations, but past opponents have argued that an apology would increase pressure for concrete action.
Obama says an apology would be appropriate but not particularly helpful in improving the lives of black Americans. Reparations could also be a distraction, he said.
In a 2004 questionnaire, he told the NAACP, "I fear that reparations would be an excuse for some to say, 'We've paid our debt,' and to avoid the much harder work."
Taking questions Sunday at a conference of minority journalists, Obama said he would be willing to talk to American Indian leaders about an apology for the nation's treatment of their people.
Pressed for his position on apologizing to blacks or offering reparations, Obama said he was more interested in taking action to help people struggling to get by. Because many of them are minorities, he said, that would help the same people who would stand to benefit from reparations.
"If we have a program, for example, of universal health care, that will disproportionately affect people of color, because they're disproportionately uninsured," Obama said. "If we've got an agenda that says every child in America should get — should be able to go to college, regardless of income, that will disproportionately affect people of color, because it's oftentimes our children who can't afford to go to college."


  1. sounds good to me, if the jewish people cry all the time with 6 million, and always get germany and other countries to give them free money, why are the black not the same, help all blacks in the states, also most slave carriers were owe by and delivered the slaves to america by jewish people, they saw money to be made, this is a fact,

  2. The article is dated 2008.

  3. Now what if the black-white gap is actually due to innate differences in capabilities between average members of the two races? If that's the case are efforts to "close" this gap really equitable or ever expected to work?

  4. From Dr Mengele to Barry: STFU!


  5. He's trying to start a race war just in time for Jade Helm 15. He cares as much about blacks as the queen cares about whites. Next he'll cry for Hispanics.

  6. take it from the 1%. And don't forget we are all slaves! reaperishere.weebly.com

  7. Blacks should pay Whites reparations for 150 years of crime,welfare, burning,looting .........................

  8. If Obama were brave enough or smart enough to TAX WALL STREET with a 1% sales tax, he could easily have plenty of money for this or any project he wanted, like free healthcare for all Americans, infrastructure maintenance and improvement, high speed rail across the US (like China is developing).

  9. They've gotten enough freebies over the (decades), so IMHO they already got their payback and then some! If it should happen the citizens should go nova!

  10. TruthJusticeAndTheAmericanWay!21 April 2015 at 16:32

    I agree. But, the money needs to come from the people who did the enslavement! We have the records showing who the slave traders were from the bankers who financed the slave traders to the slave traders who abducted and sold slaves to the slave owners. ...ill-gotten fortunes whipped out with the stroke of a pen! Sounds good to me! It's just like Social Security taking over-payments from children of parents who received over payments while they were children living with their parents. ...the bitter irony. Most of the people who run banks and governments are the beneficiaries of slavery so...they'll lose everything! ...don't let them put that on US! We need to make sure those who benefited directly from slavery pay for it!