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To summarize Obama’s lengthy response, he posits “a three-legged stool” which starts with universal list programs such as wage increases and early-childhood education for African Americans. Next would be a “somewhat race-specific” policy of “making sure that institutions are not discriminatory.” Third, the president said personal responsibility inside the black community would be necessary to rise out of poverty (not a popular idea among Black Lives Matter activists), but not without those federal programs in place first:
“Theoretically, you can make, obviously, a powerful argument that centuries of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination are the primary cause for all those gaps. That those were wrongs done to the black community as a whole, and black families specifically, and that in order to close that gap, a society has a moral obligation to make a large, aggressive investment, even if it’s not in the form of individual reparations checks, but in the form of a Marshall Plan, in order to close those gaps.”
Obama framed his argument from a lawyer’s perspective but said his political perspective realizes singling out one race to receive “investments” will discriminate against Hispanics or Asians. And so, instead of calling it reparations, per se, Obama the politician repackages it as “a multiyear, multibillion-dollar investment to help every child in poverty in this country.”
“Having a black president oppose reparations does not help the cause, particularly when that black president makes the case that an important source of black disadvantage is black folk’s own behavior. But black America should have paid attention to the experience of post-colonial black Africa and the Caribbean; leaders who look like you do not necessarily act in ways that benefit you. So be it. The struggle for reparations—and for black lives and justice—must and will continue, with or without Barack Obama in the fold.”
The War on Poverty Has Cost $22 Trillion. Since the War on Poverty began under President Lyndon Johnson, welfare spending has exploded to sixteen times its original size. www.ncpa.org...
Its the folks I immediately think of, we can piss all over the native Americans. Apparently the horrors visited upon them to this day are meaningless. In light of the fact that they are still getting screwed, what about those proud people, including the Polynesians where his skinny arse was raised.
originally posted by: loveguy
I'm not even Native American but was offended on their behalf...
When I saw the word reparations, and it not even speaking of Natives...