Playing the “politically correct” strategy, Democrats have stepped in a real mess — all of their own making — reparations.
Wednesday, before the Constitution, Civil rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee in Washington, D.C., contemplating H.R. 40, a bill proposing a formal study to consider reparations for slavery, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., a Democrat running for his party’s presidential nomination, were among those speaking in favor of paying the descendants of former slaves damages.
Among those opposed were former NFL player Burgess Owens and Quillette columnist Coleman Hughes, who, saying reparations was insulting to black people and a distraction from issues they face today, was booed for figuratively, said columnist Monica Showalter, “wandering off he plantation.”
The Democrats’ big problem is they were the party of slavery. From the Civil War through the 1990s, controlling the Southern states, they denied blacks the right to vote and enforced segregation through Jim Crow laws and the KKK. Now denouncing the late West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, a Democrat leader in the 1980s and a KKK Kleagle and Exalted Cyclops, together with other Democrat senators James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, they continue to reek of hypocrisy.
Commenting the U.S. government didn’t own slaves, nor did Republicans but Democrats did, Larry Elder, a black attorney and radio talk show host, asked if Democrats will sue themselves for reparations.
On the Daily Wire, Michael Knowles noted that Native Americas continued to own slaves ever after the federal abolition of the practice. Which prompted John Hirschauer in “The Morning Jolt” column to ask “Are the living descendants of Native American slaveholders (and 1/1024 of Elizabeth Warren, just for sport) required to pay too?”
Polls say 60% of Americans oppose reparations.
But if Democrat candidates running for the party’s presidential nomination think they can get political mileage out of the issue, they’ll pursue it.
It will be fun to watch. Because they’ll lose.