There are some pretty far out ideas that politicians endorse. One of those ideas is for reparations to be paid towards African American people because of the injustice their ancestors suffered due to slavery. In an interview that was published on Wednesday President Obama said he would be in favor of reparations but that they simply are not polticakly feasible to do.
The President spok to Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic. His primary point in the article was that an argument could mpbe made that reparations are owed because of the past sins of slavery and Jim Crowe. The President stated the following,
“Theoretically, you can make, obviously, a powerful argument that centuries of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination are the primary cause for all those gaps [between white and black people. 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.”
He neither rejected or accepted the idea of reparations. Some other minorities such as Asian Americans, Hispanic and Latino Americans and more argue this is unfair. They have been marginalized as well but they are not included in these reparations. The President went on to explain,
“So the bottom line is that it’s hard to find a model in which you can practically administer and sustain political support for those kinds of efforts.”
If he did intend to show support for such an argument and try to gain support for it in the Congress and Senate he would get pushback from a Republican majority in both the Senate and Congress. He would have support from none other than the United Nations. Who recently demanded the United States pay reparations to the black community for past sins.
The United Nations was accused of having a racist history and these allegations were made by the United Nations Working Group of Experts on African Descent. They also cited current police shootings as a reason for reparations. Coates, the writer of the article, is also a huge advocate for African Americans as well as reparations to the community.
Unfortunately, the debt that we are already in would prohibit any type of reparations to begin with. We need to worry more about staying afloat then paying for something whose victims are already dead and in their grave.